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1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Last Week: 234 total yards, 3 TDs, & 1 INT in win at Oregon State.
Outlook: Finally getting the monkey off his back, Luck can claim victory in the state of Oregon, thanks to Stanford’s 38-13 victory over Oregon State. I’m obviously being a tad sarcastic. Oregon State isn’t the toughest of challenges.
In reality, Luck’s true hurdle is getting over Oregon next week, though it’s no longer a must-win, when looking at his Heisman aspirations. In other words, Stanford could lose and Luck will remain atop the Heisman report so long he plays well.
He’s created that much separation from the rest of the field. With that said, this is an excellent opportunity for him to pretty much wrap this Heisman race up. Not to mention the relevance this game has to the BCS championship picture.
2. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Last Week: 169 total yards in loss vs. No. 1 LSU.
Outlook: Richardson had a chance to put Luck in check. That didn’t happen, in large part because of the LSU defense. They held the Alabama RB to 89 yards on 23 carries. That’s a 3.9 yards per carry average. Most of his 80 yards receiving also came because of blown assignment on the part of the Tiger defense.
Nobody should punish Richardson, though. Yes, he didn’t have the Heisman moment many were looking for. He ran tough, however, and there were a few plays where he made LSU’s defense look silly. That’s saying something. He’s an incredible talent and a future first round pick. In any other season, he’d be the frontrunner. Unfortunately, this isn’t any other season.
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
Last Week: 219 yards & 5 TDs in win at UNLV.
Outlook: Good news, Boise State is now in the national spotlight because many publications are talking about whether they should play for the BCS championship. Bad news, many publications would rather see a one-loss Alabama or Oklahoma in the championship game.
I was on this bandwagon last season until Nevada tore it down. I’m not this season, but realistically, Boise State’s odds are arguably better than ever. Georgia possibly winning 10 games in the SEC definitely gives them a major boost, as would Stanford losing to Oregon and the Broncos beating TCU next week. Those scenarios are all plausible, which gives credence to Moore’s Heisman hype.
4. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Last Week: 13 receptions, 205 yards, & 2 TDs in win vs. No. 14 Kansas State.
Outlook: This comes as no surprise to anyone that read my Heisman report last week. I wrote that Blackmon, and not QB Brandon Weeden, could emerge as Oklahoma State’s Heisman contender. That’s exactly what’s happening.
I understand we live in a society that credits or blames the QB for everything. But anyone that’s watched Oklahoma State knows that Blackmon is the best player on the field. There is no debate. He’s caught 26 passes for 377 yards and four TDs in the last two weeks alone. He’s making a case for an invite to the Heisman ceremony, especially if OSU wins the Big 12.
5. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Last Week: 255 yards & 2 TDs in win vs. Texas A&M.
Outlook: While it wasn’t the best performance Jones has ever given, it was good enough. OU has a bad habit of not playing a full game of football. They tend to start slow and finish strong. They did it again against A&M.
Nonetheless, Oklahoma will be dangerous if they ever put it together for a full game. Thus far, I haven’t seen enough evidence that will happen, but if it does, Jones could make a late-season charge at the Heisman.
On the Bubble
Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Case Keenum, QB, Houston
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor