The very definition of a dual-threat quarterback, the Cougars' signal-caller has been incredibly effective at getting the ball in the end zone while also protecting the ball. Throwing 10 touchdowns -- with only two interceptions -- is impressive, but Ward's 15 rushing touchdowns ties for the nation's most scores on the ground this season.
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Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis Tigers
Can I interest you in a quarterback who has thrown 17 touchdowns and only one interception on the year? That's what you'd be getting in Lynch, who helped Memphis earn a 37-24 upset of Ole Miss on Oct. 17 in a sold-out Liberty Bowl.
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Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies' explosive freshman turned some heads in the preseason when head coach Kevin Sumlin named him as a starter in the opener against Arizona State. It didn't take Kirk long to explain the decision. The freshman has scored six total touchdowns in A&M's seven games -- and as dangerous as he is catching the ball, he may be even more frightening as a returner.
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Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State Bulldogs
The senior quarterback has proved once again he is the best signal-caller in the SEC, throwing for 14 touchdowns and only one interception for the 6-2 Bulldogs. Prescott appears to be saving his best for last, as he scored six touchdowns and racked up 465 total yards against Kentucky. With home games against Alabama and Ole Miss remaining, Mississippi State is still alive for the SEC West title.
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Michigan Wolverines' defense
Being the first team in 35 years to shut out three consecutive opponents is reason enough to earn a spot on this list. The Wolverines are only allowing 9.3 points, 64 rushing yards and 146 passing yards per game after seven contests -- all stats rank as the best in the Big Ten.
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Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State Buckeyes
Elliott is clearly the unsung hero of the Buckeyes' offense. Despite the drama of the quarterback situation in Columbus this year, opposing defenses know which player really drives the team's offense. Elliott already has accumulated 1,290 yards of total offense and 13 rushing touchdowns after eight games. Once Elliott gets behind the defense, they ain't catching him until he's in the end zone.
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide
The smartest thing you can do when you see Henry come right at you is to get out of the way, as quickly as you can. The Tide's running back is averaging 5.8 yards per carry and has 439 of his 1,044 rushing yards after first contact. Henry will enter the LSU game with an Alabama school record of 13 consecutive games with a rushing touchdown.
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Trevone Boykin, QB, to Josh Doctson, WR, TCU Horned Frogs
Boykin just broke Andy Dalton's school record of 11,925 total yards of offense against West Virginia. While Boykin is an outstanding player, he owes some thanks to Doctson and his 14 receiving touchdowns and 1,250 receiving yards after only eight games. The key to slowing down TCU is by halting this connection. No wonder the Frogs are undefeated and have lost only one game the past two seasons combined.
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Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford Cardinal
McCaffrey is on pace to top Barry Sanders' 27-year all-purpose-yards mark of 3,250 in one season. Even more impressive, Stanford's star back could do it in fewer than 13 games, with the potential of playing 15 games this season if the team qualifies for the playoff and advances to the championship game.
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Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor Bears
The breakout star of 2015, Coleman has 18 receiving touchdowns after Baylor's first seven games of the season. The big question in Waco right now is can Coleman continue his record-breaking pace with the injury to starting quarterback Seth Russell. Troy Edwards' NCAA record of 27 receiving touchdowns in a season (1998) is well within Coleman's reach.
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Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU Tigers
Was there ever any question who would be No. 1 on this list? Try to tackle Fournette high and you fly over him; try to go low and he will run right through you -- and all that implies you are fast enough to meet the running back with track speed on the field of play. Fournette has caused many defenders to make 'business decisions' this season on the way to 1,410 total yards of offense and 15 rushing touchdowns on the season.