Athlon Sports Heisman Voting: Week 7

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After a huge win over Texas, Oklahoma's Jones moves up in the Heisman voting.

After a huge win over Texas, Oklahoma's Jones moves up in the Heisman voting.

-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)

Each week, the Athlon editors will vote on the most prestigious award in all of college football. A nine-man conglomerate of college football gurus from Athlon Sports will vote for their top 10 Heisman Trophy candidates. The votes will be tallied and the result will be posted as the Athlon Sports Heisman Watch List every Wednesday of the regular season.

Note: The scoring system is as follows: A first place vote earns a player 10 points. A second place votes earns nine points - so on and so forth until the 10th place player receives one point.

Wisconsin's Russell Wilson is still the top challenger to Andrew Luck's supremacy and Robert Griffin III is nipping at both of their heels. However, the hard charger after Week Six continues to be Alabama tailback Trent Richardson, who jumps another spot from No. 5 to No. 4. He has clearly seperated himself as the top Heisman candidate at tailback as Marcus Lattimore had a third straight underwhelming performance. (It's a tough crowd here at Athlon.) Oregon tailback LaMichael James returned to the Top Ten, but how long will he stick around after dislocating his elbow on Thursday night?

Oklahoma's Landry Jones also jumped one spot after another massive statistical performance — this time against arch-rival Texas in the Red River Riv-Shoot-alry-out.

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (86/90 total points, 8/9 first place votes)
Season Stats: 106/145, 1,383 yards, 14 TD, 2 INT, 12 att., 60 yards, TD

This is starting to get boring. Stanford topped 40 points for the eighth time in 11 games in its 48-7 rout of Colorado, and Luck was masterful...again. He completed 26-of-33 passes for 370 yards, three touchdowns and (gasp) one interception. Stanford has now won 13 straight games and is beating opponents by an average of 35.6 points per game in 2011. Don't expect that trend to slow anytime soon with the Evergreen State sweep coming up next. Next Game: at Washington State

  Name Pos. Team Pts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Ballots
1. Andrew Luck QB Stanford 86 8 - - - 1 9
2. Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin 71 - 1 7 - 1 9
3. Robert Griffin III QB Baylor 65 - 3 - 3 2 9
4. Trent Richardson RB Alabama 62 - 3 - 2 1 9
5. Kellen Moore QB Boise State 57 - 2 1 2 1 9
6. Landry Jones QB Oklahoma 40 - - 1 1 1 9
7. Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina 31 - - - 1 - 8
8. Denard Robinson QB Michigan 27 1 - - - - 7
9. Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma St 26 - - - - 2 6
10. LaMichael James RB Oregon 12 - - - - - 4
11. Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU 7 - - - - - 4
12. Darron Thomas QB Oregon 4 - - - - - 2
13. Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma St 4 - - - - - 2
14. Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma 1 - - - - - 1
15. Tajh Boyd QB Clemson 1 - - - - - 1
16. Ray Graham RB Pittsburgh 1 - - - - - 1

2. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin (71)
Season Stats: 83/111, 1,391 yards, 13 TD, INT, 22 att., 140 yards, 2 TD

The Badgers were on bye last week and might as well be again this week. Wisconsin welcomes the Indiana Hoosiers to Camp Randall — a team they beat 83-20 a year ago. Indiana is 97th in total defense and Wisconsin is the Big Ten's top offense. This will get ugly quickly, and Wilson might not be needed for much. Next Game: Indiana

3. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (65)
Season Stats: 114/142, 1,520 yards, 19 TD, 1 INT, 60 att., 280 yards, 2 TD

Fans in Waco got to see the true dual-threat dynamic RG3 can bring to an offense this weekend. Griffin III didn't throw for 300 yards and he didn't throw for five touchdowns (both of which he had done in three of four games thus far). Instead, to beat Iowa State 49-26, he turned to his legs as he rushed 24 times for 107 yards and a score to go with his "pedestrian" 212-1-0 passing line. It was his first 100-yard rushing game since October 16 of last fall. Bob's Heisman campaign now begins in earnest as he visits College Station and Stillwater over the next two weeks. Next Game: at Texas A&M

4. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (62)
Season Stats: 115 att., 729 yards, 11 TD, 13 rec., 149 yards, TD

Richardson posted his fifth consecutive 100-yard effort in a dominating 34-0 home win over Vanderbilt. The Alabama tailback rushed 19 times for 107 yards and his 11th touchdown of the season. He is second in the SEC in rushing (ninth nationally) at 121.5 yards per game and is leading what is the SEC's top rushing attack (217 ypg). The nation's No. 95 ranked rush defense should have plenty of fun stopping T-Rich this weekend. Next Game: at Ole Miss

5. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State (57 pts)
Season Stats: 125/169, 1,391 yards, 17 TD, 4 INT, 5 att., (-6) yards

Moore now sits at 43-2 as a starter after a thorough 57-7 thumping of WAC rival Fresno State this weekend — he's two wins shy of Colt McCoy's all-time NCAA record. The Broncos quarterback completed 23-of-31 passes for 254 yards and three scores in BSU's fifth win of the season. Moore has quietly taken care of business every week of the season. Unfortunately, there is only one marquee match-up left on the schedule (TCU, 11/12), so "The out of sight, out of mind factor" might be in full effect for the rest of the year. Next Game: at Colorado State

6. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma (40)
Season Stats: 142/205, 1,814 yards, 13 TD, 5 INT, 10 att., 2 yards, 2 TD

Jones topped the 350-yard mark for the third consecutive game en route to serving Mack Brown with one of the worst losses in his tenure as Texas head coach. The Sooners' quarterback completed 31 of his 50 pass attempts for 367 yards and three touchdowns against no interceptions in the 55-17 destruction of Bevo. Over his last three, Jones has averaged 413 yards and has thrown 11 touchdowns. Up next for Jones is the worst defense in the nation. Kansas is allowing 556 yards of offense and 49.4 points per game — both ranking 120th nationally. Next Game: at Kansas

7. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina (31)
Season Stats: 146 att., 779 yards, 9 TD, 16 rec., 153 yards, TD

Lattimore got back into the 100-yard column with a 102-yard effort in South Carolina's 54-3 romp over Kentucky. He now leads the SEC in rushing at 129.8 yards per game, but statistically speaking, it was Lattimore's third straight underwhelming performance. This weekend marked the first time he failed to reach the endzone. With Stephen Garcia on the bench — and now off the roster for good — Steve Spurrier clearly wanted to get new starter Connor Shaw some work. Shaw threw the ball 39 times for 311 yards and four scores — eating into Lattimore's Heisman campaign. Next Game: at Mississippi State

8. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan (27)
Season Stats: 67/117, 1,130 yards, 10 TD, 9 INT, 102 att., 720 yards, 8 TD

Robinson played flawless football two weeks ago and then proceeded to revert back to the sloppy passer that has plagued his career thus far by throwing three bad interceptions in the first half. But he, as Shoelace tends to do, rallied the troops to overcome a 24-14 halftime deficit to beat Northwestern 42-24. Robinson led three straight scoring drives to begin the second half and finished by scoring the game's final 28 points. His final line included 17-of-26 passing, 337 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions, 25 carries, 117 yards rushing and two more touchdowns. Robinson's 720 yards rushing lead the Big Ten. Next Game: at Michigan State

9. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State (26)
Season Stats: 166/219, 1,880 yards, 15 TD, 6 INT, 11 att., (-67) yards

It must be hard to be a Cowboys fan right now. If Weeden doesn't lead the team to 70 points or throw for five touchdowns, you might just get disappointed. After averaging 47.7 attempts per game, Weeden needed only 28 tosses to score five times and rack up 288 yards in the 70-28 win over Kansas. He completed 87% of his passes (24/28) and now has eight touchdowns in two games against the Jayhawks. At 51.4 points and 577.4 yards per game, Oklahoma State leads the nation in scoring and is No. 2 in total offense. Things start to get interesting for the Pokes this weekend, however. Next Game: at Texas

10. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon (12)
Season Stats: 95 att., 852 yards, 8 TD, 11 rec., 159 yards, TD

James returns to the Athlon Sports Heisman Top Ten after three consecutive 200-yard games. This one against Cal — featuring 30 attempts for 239 yards and a TD — came at a huge price, however. James landed awkwardly on his right elbow late in the second half and suffered a severe dislocation. James expects to return soon, but will likely miss at least this week's game against Arizona State. James is leading the nation in yards per game at a 170.4 clip. Next Game: Arizona State

Previous Voting:

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 6

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 5

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 4

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 3

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 2

Athlon Sports Heisman Ballot: Week 1

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