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This week’s top performances feature multiple career-best games, including a running back going for more than 300 yards and wideouts racking up 200 yards apiece.

Indiana players shined in what was a losing effort and three defensive players across college football gave quarterbacks fits in some ball-hawking outings. Still, three signal callers didn’t do too bad after they threw for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns to make an appearance on this week’s list.

Ranking the top 10 performances from Week 12:

1. Jaret Patterson, Buffalo, RB: In the 42-17 win over Bowling Green, Patterson racked up 301 yards on the ground and found the end zone four times. He carried the ball 31 times in the career performance.

2. Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, QB: Known a dual-threat quarterback, the junior

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Top 10 performers in Week 10

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It was all offense in Week 10 of college football with quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers making up this week’s top 10 performances. 

Two quarterbacks — with almost identical stat lines — squared off in an epic duel of dual-threat signal-callers and both appeared in this week’s list. Also worth accolades, three wide receivers who combined for nine touchdowns. And one wideout who got it done for the offense and special teams. 

Ranking the top 10 performances from Week 10:

1. D’Eriq King, Miami, QB: King threw for 430 yards and five touchdowns all the while rushing for 105 yards as the No. 10 Hurricanes staged a rally in the fourth quarter to knock off North Carolina State on the road 44-41. 

Miami (Fla.) quarterback D’Eriq King (1) runs past North Carolina State’s defense at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

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Top 10 performers in games in Week 8

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The return of the Big Ten in Week 8 of college football provided us with near perfect performances and incredible quarterback play.

Six signal callers made this week’s list and combined for a ridiculous 26 touchdowns. Although these quarterbacks tormented defenses across the country, two defensive backs made this week’s list after snagging multiple interceptions in their respective games. 

Perhaps the most unusual performance came from a wide receiver who totaled 189 yards and didn’t catch a single pass. 

Ranking the top 10 performances from Week 8

1. Malik Willis, Liberty, QB:  Willis accounted for a ridiculous seven touchdowns in Liberty’s 56-35 win over Southern Mississippi. The Auburn transfer threw for 345 yards and six touchdowns and had 97 yards and one score on the ground to round out the stellar all-around performance.

2. Nick Andersen, Wake Forest, DB: Andersen did

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Top 10 performers in games from Week 7

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The best performances from Week 7 of the college football season ranged from Heisman favorites and blowout wins, to underdog defensive backs and improbable plays. 

This week’s list includes a stunning seven-touchdown performance, a redshirt freshman picking off three passes in an SEC showdown and a quarterback who was responsible for 600 yards on offense — and still lost. 

It also includes a star turn from a player whose older brother made headlines earlier this week for the Atlanta Braves in the MLB playoffs.

Ranking the top 10 performances from Week 7:

1. Brady White, Memphis, QB: In an epic 50-49 win, White threw for 486 yards and had an incredible seven touchdowns when he threw for six and ran in for one. White didn’t throw a single interception on his 50 pass attempts and connected on 34 of them. 

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