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1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Last Week: 257 yards, 2 TDs, & 1 INT in win vs. California
Outlook: Despite all the chaos in college football, Luck’s been the one constant. He hasn’t moved from this No. 1 spot all year and Saturday’s upsets didn’t change that.
With that said, his lead is not a big one. I certainly wouldn’t get too comfortable because there isn’t any margin for error. The players below him are peaking at the right time and the BCS doesn’t favor Stanford as a one-loss team. Yes, it’s his race to lose, but it’s a close race all the same.
2. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Last Week: 179 total yards & 3 TDs (1 receiving) in win vs. Georgia Southern
Outlook: Since LSU held him under 100 yards rushing, Richardson has bounced back with 302 yards on the ground over the last two weeks. More important, Alabama’s back to No. 2 in the polls after last weekend‘s wild results. It‘s almost as if they and LSU never played.
Regardless, Bama likely controls it’s destiny for the right to play for the national championship. That alone puts Richardson within striking distance of Luck. A mishap by Stanford against Notre Dame Saturday and a strong performance against Auburn would put Richardson in position to win the Heisman trophy.
3. Case Keenum, QB, Houston
Last Week: 337 total yards & 2 TDs (1 rushing) in win vs. SMU
Outlook: As Houston continues to rise in the polls, Keenum continues to make an impact in the Heisman race. There is no denying he’s deserving of the award, as the Cougars are on pace to break offensive records. Keenum’s the reason why, with 38 TD passes and only 3 INTs. How ridiculous is that? Nonetheless, Houston, we have a problem.
Who’s watched this team? I’m not talking highlights. I’m talking about watching them play start to finish. Most people haven’t because the Cougars haven‘t played in any marquee games. I’m obviously not eliminating Keenum from this race altogether, but despite leading one of two unbeaten teams in the country, he’s a very vulnerable No. 3 candidate on this report.
4. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Last Week: 551 total yards & 4 TDs in win vs. No. 5 Oklahoma
Outlook: Lurking in the shadows for several weeks, Griffin III was just watching and waiting for his moment to strike. That moment came on Saturday night.
Against the No. 5 team in the country, Griffin III delivered this season’s greatest Heisman moment. With under 20 seconds remaining and no timeouts left, he dropped back to pass only needing about 10 yards to setup a potential game-winning field goal. Instead, he launches a 34-yard strike to receiver Terrance Williams with eight seconds remaining.
The TD put Baylor up on OU 45-38 and this is coming after Landry Jones drove the Sooners down for a game tying TD. The result sent an earthquake up and down the college football landscape, but it’s hardly surprising to the fans in Waco. Griffin III has been college football’s best kept secret for the last two years. That’s not the case any longer. He’s now in the national spotlight and a legitimate contender to take home the Heisman trophy with three weeks remaining until the award’s presentation.
On the Bubble
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin