8. Trace McSorley, Penn State
The last time that Trace McSorley and the Penn State Nittany Lions took the field prior to Saturday, they suffered a heartbreaking loss to Ohio State. However, McSorley’s efforts in that game actually helped his Heisman candidacy as there’s no way they’d have been close if not for him. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of their Week 7 upset loss to Michigan State.
This isn’t to say that McSorley was a dumpster fire in this game, but he certainly didn’t do enough. The senior quarterback finished the afternoon going 19-of-32 for just 192 yards and one touchdown while being held to 37 rushing yards on the day. It was an incredibly pedestrian performance from McSorley and, with Penn State’s second-straight loss now, his candidacy has taken a major hit.
7. Will Grier, West Virginia
Put simply, this was a week that West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier needed to step up in a big way. Last week in a win against Kansas, he threw for 332 yards and four scores, but he threw three interceptions in the process and looked quite shaky. Thus, in a tough road matchup with Iowa State in Week 7, the pressure was on to get back on track. Grier, instead, did the opposite.
Grier had by far his worst game of the season on Saturday night as the Mountaineers were handled thoroughly by the Cyclones. The senior quarterback finished going just 11-of-15 for 100 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The offense as a whole was stagnant, and it should’ve been on Grier to make plays and light a spark, but that was never close to happening. Once a seemingly lock for a top 3-4 spot in the rankings, Grier now tumbles down and will need to bounce back to stay in.