Through six weeks of the college football season, it is evident who the best team in the nation is.
Alabama is on another level than every other program.
The Heisman race is really not a race whatsoever, let's just say Teddy Roosevelt finally winning the President's Race at Nationals' Park after 500+ races would be considered a bigger surprise than someone other than Geno Smith emerging to win the Heisman.
While Smith might be on his own level, there still has been some great quarterback play this year.
I looked through stats, watched game film, and decided who I feel are the best quarterback/wide receiver duos in the nation. This was a very tough list to come up with because there are so many talented quarterbacks and wideouts, but I could only select five.
5. MATT SCOTT & AUSTIN HILL (ARIZONA)
The senior quarterback has been lighting up defenses all year. Matt Scott is second in the nation in passing yards (2,099). He has thrown for over 300 yards in four of his six games and has been one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.
He is coming off a 54-48 overtime loss to Stanford, but he had a career day in a losing effort. He completed 45 passes for 491 yards and three touchdowns.
Scott has thrown for 13 touchdowns this year, which has him tied for 12th in the country.
Sophomore wide receiver Austin Hill has been one of the best in the nation. His 608 receiving yards are 11th best in the country and second best in the Pac-12. He has five receiving touchdowns this year and is getting better week-by-week. Against Stanford he had a career best 11 receptions for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
He has eclipsed the century mark three times in six games and has had at least five receptions in every game this year.
Hill is only a sophomore so expect him to keep improving this year. While the weather in Tucson will start to cool down as winter approaches, don't expect Scott and Hill to cool down one bit.
4. TAJH BOYD & DeANDRE HOPKINS (CLEMSON)
The junior quarterback has been one of the best in the nation since he took over the starting job as a sophomore last year. In 2011 Boyd finished in the top ten in passing yards and touchdowns.
Things haven't changed in 2012.
He has the seventh most passing yards (1,748) and is tied for 10th with 14 passing touchdowns. Boyd has improved on his accuracy tremendously. He completed 59.7% in 2011 and is up to 68.2% this season.
He has eclipsed 300+ yards in three of his last four games with 10 touchdowns.
Coming into the year everyone thought Boyd and Sammy Watkins would be one of the most dangerous duos in the nation. The star sophomore receiver was suspended the first two games and is battling an abdominal virus that has affected his play.
However, Boyd hasn't missed a beat thanks to DeAndre Hopkins.
The junior wide receiver leads the nation with 777 yards. He is tied for second in the country with eight receiving touchdowns.
Hopkins has eclipsed the century mark in four of the six games. Over the last two weeks he has 18 receptions for 370 yards and three touchdowns. The dude has been one of the top wide receivers in the country.
Clemson would not be 5-1 this year if it wasn't for Hopkins. Clemson ranks fifth in passing offense this year, and this is due in large part to one of the best quarterback/wide receiver duos in the country.
3. NICK FLORENCE & TERRENCE WILLIAMS (BAYLOR)
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is gone. Yet, Baylor's offense hasn't lost a beat.
Senior quarterback Nick Florence has been absolute money this year. Despite Baylor only playing four games this year (most teams have played at least five, and some six) he is 15th in the nation in passing yards (1,585). He is fourth in the nation with 16 passing touchdowns. He went back and forth with Geno Smith and kept Baylor in the game even though they lost a shootout, 70-63.
In that game Florence was 29-47 for 581 yards and five touchdowns. He showed he is close to the same level as Geno Smith.
He has thrown for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in every game this year.
That is due in large part to senior wide receiver Terrence Williams. Through four games he has 667 yards receiving, which is fourth best in the country. His 19.6 yards/reception is fourth best in the country among receivers who have caught at least 20 passes. He is tied for 10th with six receiving touchdowns.
Against West Virginia he had 17 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns. Williams is the most underrated wide receiver in the nation. When talking about top-five wide receivers, Williams is a name you don't hear too often.
His draft stock is rising and is now expected to be a late first-round pick or go in the second, but the way he has been playing lately expect him to make a strong push to be a first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Florence and Williams make a dangerous duo and they are the main reason why the Bears are sitting at 3-1. Every one thought Baylor would go back to what they were before RG III came to town, but that has not been the case this year.
2. MATT BARKLEY & MARQISE LEE (USC)
Coming into the year everyone thought this would be the best passing attack in the nation. USC hasn't lived up to the hype, but Barkley and Lee still form one of the best duos in the country.
The senior quarterback has thrown for 1,308 yards and 15 touchdowns this year. He is tied for fifth in the country in touchdown passes.
It isn't the start most people thought Barkley would have, but he showed that he is still a top quarterback in the nation last week at Utah.
With his team down early, 14-0, Barkley took the game over. He showed tremendous poise and made big throw after big throw as USC edged Utah 38-28. He was 23-30 for 303 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He should have completed more of his passes, four of those incompletions were flat out drops by his receivers.
Coming into the year Robert Woods was expected to be the best receiver on USC, and maybe in the country.
However, through five games Marqise Lee has become Barkley's favorite target.
He has 52 receptions for 649 yards and seven touchdowns. He is third in the nation in receptions, seventh in yards, and tied for fourth in touchdown receptions. He has had at least eight receptions in every game this year and has caught at least one touchdown in four of the five games.
There isn't a more talented receiver in the nation. He has NFL general managers drooling, but too bad they will have to wait until after next year when Lee is draft eligible.
I am going to make a bold statement, but I think Barkley and Lee will be the best duo in the country the rest of the way this year. Over the last two games Lee has 23 receptions for 286 yards and three touchdowns. Everyone thought USC was done contending for a BCS Championship after they lost to Stanford, but keep a close eye on the Trojans to make a title run. They have a tough schedule down the road and if they can run the table watch out for USC.
1. GENO SMITH & TAVON AUSTIN / STEDMAN BAILEY (WEST VIRGINIA)
I know I am cheating a bit because it was suppose to be a quarterback and only one wide receiver, but the way both these wide receivers have been playing they are both on the list. You couldn't pick one and not the other.
First, lets start with the ridiculous start Geno Smith has had this year.
Through five games he has thrown for 1,996 yards and 24 touchdowns. He is completing 81.4% of his passes. That is INSANE. However, his best stat is ZERO INTERCEPTIONS! West Virginia plays in a spread offense, and they throw the rock a lot. His zero interceptions is absolutely absurd when you think about it.
He is third in the nation in passing, first in touchdowns, and first in completion %. Against Baylor he was 45-51 for 656 yards and eight touchdowns. I can guarantee no one will come close to that in any game this year.
There should only be one invite to New York for the Heisman presentation because the senior quarterback is in a class of his own.
He has had plenty of help from his skilled position players this year.
Junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been absolute money. He has 49 receptions for 710 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is third in the nation in receiving yards and has more receiving touchdowns than anyone, by a lot. His teammate, Tavon Austin, is tied for second in the nation with eight.
Bailey has had at least two receiving touchdowns in four of the five games. Two weeks ago against Baylor he had 13 grabs for 303 yards and five touchdowns. Some guys go an entire season without five touchdowns, and he did it in one game. He has had at least six receptions in every game this year and has eclipsed the century mark in three games.
Tavon Austin has been phenomenal this year. The senior wide receiver has 58 receptions for 662 yards and eight touchdowns. He is tied for first in receptions, sixth in receiving yards, and tied for second in touchdowns.
He reminds me of Percy Harvin, the kid does it all. You can line him up anywhere on the field, he is a very dangerous kickoff/punt returner, and can score anytime he gets his hands on the rock.
He has had at least 10 receptions in every game this year. He has had at least one touchdown in every game. He has eclipsed the century mark in four of five games.
I couldn't leave one of these guys off the list. Both wide receivers are having outstanding seasons due in large part to the great play of their senior quarterback. Geno Smith is running away with the Heisman, and one of these two wide receivers are on track to win the Biletnikoff Award as the best wide receiver in the nation.
Smith and his two favorite wide receivers made this an easy pick for the top quarterback/wide receiver duo in the nation. No one is even close to doing what West Virginia is doing offensively in 2012.