Tua Tagovailoa Alabama
The nation’s most efficient passer of 2018 was back at it again in his season debut. This wasn’t a typical Alabama opponent as the Crimson Tide were playing against a Power 5 team in the Duke Blue Devils. He finished the game with a stat line of 26-of-31 passing for 336 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also accounted for 15 yards rushing on 5 attempts and was only sacked 1 time during the game. This Alabama team is very dangerous, especially with the Tagovailoa to Jerry Jeudy combo. This stat line would have been so much worse had he not exited the game before the 4th quarter had even started. According to CFB Focus, Tua finished with a Total QBR of 94.9.
Jon Wassink Western Michigan
The Senior quarterback from Grand Rapids put on an amazing display during the 1st week of the CFB season. Now I know that the Broncos played Monmouth University, but still, Wassink absolutely lit up the Hawk defense. Wassink finished with a stat line of 25-of-30 passing for 368 yards and 5 touchdowns. Wassink finished Week 1 as one of the nation’s top passers in several major statistical categories. His next task will be in East Lansing next Saturday for a battle with Michigan State.
Jordan Love Utah State/ Jamie Newman Wake Forest
Now you may be wondering why I put Love and Newman together during this part of the article. The answer is very easy, they both played each other in what might be one of the better quarterback duals of the entire season. Love finished the game with a stat line of 33-of-48 passing for 416 yards and 3 touchdowns. Keep in mind that Love did have 3 interceptions, but it was still an outstanding performance. On the other side of the field, Newman finished with a stat line of 34-of-47 passing for 401 yards and 3 touchdowns in leading the Deacons to the win. Newman also added 1 touchdown and 36 yards rushing. The game ended 38-35 in favor of Wake Forest, but this was a great early season QB duel.
Alan Bowman Texas Tech/ Anthony Gordon Washington State
This is another grouping because of the similar offenses that are run in Lubbock and in Pullman. They run different variations of the Air Raid system but it doesn’t diminish how good the quarterbacks were during their perspective games. Bowman finished his game against Montana State with the most passing yards from week 1. His stat line read 40-of-53 passing for 436 yards and 2 touchdowns. He added another 7 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. Gordon, who played New Mexico State University, finished with a stat line of 29-of-35 passing for 420 yards and 5 touchdowns. Gordon finished with a Total QBR of 95.6, which was 4th best.
Jalen Hurts Oklahoma
My major question coming into the season was if Jalen Hurts would take the reins of the Sooners and be able to replicate the successes of Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Lincoln Riley has done an outstanding job of taking transfers from the portal and using them to make his team successful. Hurts finished the game 20-of-23 passing for 332 yards and 3 touchdowns. Hurts added 176 yards rushing on 16 carries and another 3 touchdowns on the ground. This was undoubtedly the best performance of week 1 and has the early lead for my Heisman vote. Hurts also had the best Total QBR from Week 1 with a 96.7 rating. If Hurts is able to keep this up, could he end up with Round 1 consideration in the NFL Draft?
Hank Bachmeier Boise State/ Bo Nix Auburn
These True Freshman are on this list for more than just both their stats. Bachmeier well out performed Nix when it came to stats but what these two showed was a combination of grit and determination that allowed them to will their teams to victory. Even though Bachmeier threw for 407 yards, he was pounded into the dirt over and over again by the Florida State Seminole defense. Nix, who struggled during the first part of the game was able to rebound and throw the game winning touchdown to Seth Williams with only a few seconds left. Both of these kids were starting their first games and were able to display leadership skills beyond their years. It is the intangibles that are looked for in quarterbacks when the game is on the line and both Nix and Bachmeier showed they have what it takes.