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Expert Poll: Week 4 Heisman Trophy Voting

Amari Cooper vaults into the race after a big game against Florida.
Expert Poll: Week 4 Heisman Trophy Voting

Athlon Sports has formed a Heisman Trophy committee. Each week, we will ask 13 members of the national college football media to rank their top candidates for the Heisman Trophy.

 

Each voter will rank their top five candidates, with each first-place vote getting five points and each last-place vote getting one point.

 

The Panel:

 

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 4 in the Big 12

Here are the Big 12 stats to know from Week 4.
10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 4 in the Big 12

Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Big 12 football action:

 

Which Football Conference Has Had the Best 2014 So Far?

We ranked all 10 conferences for our in-season league power rankings
Which Conference Has Had the Best 2014 So Far?

Conference bragging rights didn’t start with the College Football Playoff or even the BCS.

 

That said, fighting for championship postseason games has only magnified the “my conference is better than your conference” debate.

 

In some ways the selection committee may make those determinations, certainly in leaving out on conference (four spots for the Power 5) and potentially rewarding one league with two spots in the Playoff.

 

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 4

Here are the stats to know from Week 4.
10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 4

Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Oklahoma Sooners flex Big 12 muscle against West Virginia

Samaje Perine and the Sooners imposed their will on WVU in the second half.
Oklahoma Sooners flex Big 12 muscle against West Virginia

If you are going to win the Big 12, you are going to have to beat Oklahoma.

 

This may have been an idea that most agreed with or believed to be true. But after a dominating second half performance against West Virginia along the offensive and defensive lines, it's likely a fact now. 

 

Week 4 Heisman Movers: Marcus Mariota, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper on the Rise

Absence will make Jameis Winston a tough sell to repeat
Week 4 Heisman Movers: Marcus Mariota, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper on the Rise

Showing up in a highlight package is usually a good thing for Heisman contenders. Not necessarily when that contender is out of pads on the sideline for poor decision-making.

 

That’s where Jameis Winston found himself as backup Sean Maguire led Florida State to a come-from-behind 23-17 win in overtime over Clemson. Winston found his way to the highlight package as an onlooker, reinforcing his difficulty in becoming the second two-time Heisman winner.

 

Betting Against the Spread: College Football 2014 Week 4 Picks

Each week, Braden Gall offers his top picks of the week.
Betting Against the Spread: College Football 2014 Week 4 Picks

I really wanted to take Mizzou (-10) and Washington (-14) last weekend but couldn’t pull the trigger and it cost me… again.

 

I am teetering around .500 and need a big week to bounce back. The good news is Mitch Light (27-18-1) has been crushing the Top 25 (below), while I have had a winning record each week in Top 25 picks (25-20-1).

 

I'm going to shake it up this week and only address the big games (and a few others) and see if it works.

 

Texas Tech Fires Co-Defensive Coordinator Matt Wallerstedt

The Red Raiders have a new play-caller on defense.
Texas Tech Fires Co-Defensive Coordinator Matt Wallerstedt

It’s unusual to see changes in the coordinator ranks just three weeks into the season, but Texas Tech has decided to fire co-defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt.
 

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