8. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Chosen Rosen came back to Earth somewhat after an outstanding debut against Virginia. The UCLA freshman’s Week 1 start had national writers tossing about the H-word as liberally as Rosen flung passes to wide receivers, but Week 2 was a reminder he’ll face some growing pains.
Rosen went 22-of-42 with a touchdown and interception in a 37-3 blowout of UNLV. Paul Perkins’ monster performance put less emphasis on Rosen, but it’ll be all hands on deck for the Bruins against BYU in Week 3.
7. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Florida State’s offense sans Jameis Winston remains a work-in-progress, but Jimbo Fisher and Co. have a solid pillar on which to lean with Dalvin Cook.
Cook trails only Old Dominion’s Ray Lawry for the nation’s lead in rushing yards, racking up 422 thus far. Two-hundred and sixty-six came Saturday against USF, as well as three touchdowns.
Cook was as close to a one-man show as you’ll see this season, carrying the sleepwalking Seminoles to a win not as impressive as the 34-14 final score would indicate. That’s a testament to Cook.