Marcus Mariota and the Ducks have just one of many huge Heisman showdowns this weekend.
Each week of the college football season, Athlon Sports will poll some of the nation's best college football people from every region of the country. Each voter offers up a top five and each first-place vote is worth five points. A second-place vote is worth four points, so on and so forth. With 13 voters, a perfect ballot — i.e., 13 first-place votes — would give a player 65 total points.
With five of the top 10 teams and seven and of the top 20 in the rankings off last weekend, nothing really changed in the Heisman standings. In fact, the top six didn't change at all in any way. The top two still stand above the rest as Marcus Mariota didn’t play and Jameis Winston was human (325 yards, TD, 2 INT) instead of superhuman against previously unbeaten Miami. Johnny Manziel posted huge numbers… against UTEP. And some small school stars continued to post huge numbers for their unbeaten teams.
Something tells me, however, that the Athlon Sports Heisman balloting could shift dramatically after Week 11.
Post-Week 10 Voting Results:
|2.||(2)||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida St||49||-||10||3||-||-|
|3.||(3)||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||41||1||3||7||1||1|
|6.||(6)||Jordan Lynch||QB||N. Illinois||4||-||-||-||-||4|
|7t.||(ur)||Connor Shaw||QB||S. Carolina||2||-||-||-||1||-|
|7t.||(8)||Brandin Cooks||WR||Oregon St||2||-||-||-||1||-|
|7t.||(ur)||Derek Carr||QB||Fresno St||2||-||-||-||-||2|
|7t.||(7)||Sean Mannion||QB||Oregon St||2||-||-||-||-||2|
All. Bets. Are. Off. To quote one of the greatest movies ever made, all bets are off this weekend. Week 11 is where the Heisman Trophy should be won and lost. Oregon and Marcus Mariota visit No. 5 Stanford. AJ McCarron and Alabama host No. 13 LSU. Bryce Petty and the Bears get No. 10 Oklahoma at home. Mariota is 20-1 as a starter and hasn’t thrown an interception since losing to Stanford at home last November. McCarron has had two career-defining and BCS title-winning moments against the Tigers. Petty has played one tough game in his entire career and the battle with the Sooners is just the first in a month of brutal tests for the Bears' signal-caller. Sit back and enjoy Week 11, folks, it should be fun.
Tough as Nails. South Carolina’s Connor Shaw is an absolute pleasure to watch play. He is a leader, hard-nosed, fights through injury and is a winner. He is 23-5 as a starter and is coming off yet another stellar performance against Mississippi State. He threw four touchdowns in the blowout win over the Bulldogs and didn’t turn the ball over. It gives him 21 total touchdowns and only one interception on the season. He also has a signature Heisman moment by leading Carolina from behind on the road on one leg against Mizzou. The Carolina signal-caller deserves more Heisman mention if MAC and Mountain West players are getting votes.
Small School Stars. Derek Carr and Jordan Lynch are the prized gems of “mid-major” football this season as both Fresno State and Northern Illinois are unbeaten. Lynch threw for 160 yards, rushed for 119 yards and scored five total touchdowns in the blowout win over UMass. Carr threw for 487 yards and three touchdowns over Nevada. Lynch is fourth in the nation with 1,150 yards rushing and Carr is third in passing with 3,061 yards. Both have big showdowns looming against Ball State (Nov. 13) and Wyoming (Nov. 9) in the next 10 days. Lynch has been getting votes for most of the 2013 season but Carr appeared this week on two ballots.
New Faces. In addition to Connor Shaw and Derek Carr showing up, Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey shows up this week. The Wildcats running back is leading the nation in rushing (153.1 ypg) and posted his 11th consecutive 100-yard game. Rich Rodriguez’ team has won three straight in the Pac-12 and two straight on the road. With UCLA, Oregon and Arizona State on the slate in November, Carey — and possibly quarterback B.J. Denker — could gain some Heisman notoriety.
Dropped Out. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon carried just 17 times for 62 yards while James White (130 yards, 2 TD) was the star of UW’s win over Iowa. Mike Evans caught just four passes for 46 yards and a TD against lowly UTEP. Washington’s Bishop Sankey was off and fell completely out of sight and mind.
The Voting Panel:
|Tom Dienhart||Big Ten Network||BigTenNetwork.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Bryan Fischer||Pac-12 Network||Pac-12.com||Marcus Mariota|
|David Fox||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Braden Gall||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Steven Godfrey||SB Nation||SBNation.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Chris Huston||Heisman Pundit||HeismanPundit.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Steven Lassan||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Chris Level||Red Raider Sports||RedRaiderSports.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Mitch Light||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Billy Liucci||TexAgs||TexAgs.com||Johnny Manziel|
|Dan Rubenstein||SB Nation/Solid Verbal||SolidVerbal.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Josh Ward||Mr. SEC/WNML||MrSEC.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Jim Young||ACC Sports Journal||ACCSports.com||Marcus Mariota|