Pac-12 quarterback power rankings: Vernon Adams Jr. sizzles to the top

Vernon Adams Jr. threw for 407 yards and six touchdowns Saturday against USC. AP Photo/Ryan Kang

It's time to look at the top quarterback performers after another week of Pac-12 play. We'll revisit this ranking each Monday. Remember that we're weighing the past weekend's performance more heavily than an overall season track record, so expect some variation here with each edition.

1. Vernon Adams Jr., Oregon Ducks: When he first transferred from Eastern Washington, we all remembered Adams' epic individual performances against Pac-12 competition for the Eagles and thought, "Man, imagine what he could do with Oregon talent surrounding him!"

Well, thanks to a necessary acclimatization period with his team and a broken finger, it all took a while to materialize. But our offseason imagination has indeed come to realistic fruition: Watching Adams' "improvisational jazz" (David Shaw's words) groove in harmony with the Ducks' stable of weapons is indeed a fun sight. He finished 20-for-25 for 407 yards (16.3 yards per attempt, the most efficient performance in the Pac-12 this season) and six touchdowns in Oregon's 48-28 win over USC, an effort made more special by the fact that Adams sports a tattoo with the Trojans' logo. He flew under USC's radar coming out of high school and made them pay on Saturday, holding a quarterback rating of over 300 for much of the game.

2. Jake Browning, Washington: This was too easy for the Huskies. Browning led Washington to 45 first-half points in their 52-7 annihilation of Oregon State. He was nearly perfect, finishing 18-of-20 for 211 yards and four touchdowns. The ultimate challenge comes next week, when the Huskies host Washington State in the Apple Cup. Browning began this regular season as a promising-yet-green true freshman; he has the chance to end it by leading his team to victory over its rivals and securing bowl eligibility for Washington in a rebuilding year. That'd be an impressive body of work.

3. Jared Goff, California: The Golden Bears' offense struggled to finish drives while missing running backs Daniel Lasco and Khalfani Muhammad in their 35-22 loss at Stanford, but Goff played a fantastic game that reminded us of why he's a top NFL prospect. The junior finished 37-of-54 for 386 yards and a pair of scores. Several of his throws, including a scoring toss to Darius Powe, followed an almost artistic trajectory that weaved through multiple Cardinal defenders. Goff's arm strength was also on full display during this game, as he made several accurate passes across the field from the far side hash mark. Goff was impressive, but his team's overall performance simply was not complete.

4. Mike Bercovici, Arizona State: The Sun Devils are going bowling, and they punched their ticket behind their senior leader, who engineered a balanced offensirmance in a 52-37 Territorial Cup win over Arizona. Bercovici passed for 315 yards and a pair of scores while also positioning ASU to rip off 250 rushing yards. It all marked a happy Senior Day ending for a team that didn't enjoy quite as much 2015 success as it had initially expected.

5. Luke Falk, Washington State: Right now, our thoughts are with Falk after the scary injury he suffered -- he had to be carted off during the Cougars' 27-3 win over Colorado. We hope that he's healthy and can make a quick and safe recovery to the field. The Pac-12's most prolific passer was good again before he went down on Saturday, finishing 27-of-35 for 199 yards and a touchdown. He essentially secured another Washington State victory by the time of his exit. The Cougars have eight of those now in this resurgent season.