Alabama's AJ McCarron was the biggest winner in Week 11 after topping LSU with ease.
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.
As expected, Week 11 was a big one for the Heisman Trophy race. Marcus Mariota was shut down by Stanford but an MCL injury clearly played a big role. Johnny Manziel posted five more touchdowns and a boatload of yards but three more turnovers. Bryce Petty stayed unbeaten in a big way. But Alabama's AJ McCarron and his three touchdowns stole the show by crushing rival LSU Saturday night.
Post-Week 11 Voting Results:
|1.||(2)||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida St||55||7||4||1||-||1|
|2.||(3)||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||50||5||4||2||1||1|
|6.||(6)||Jordan Lynch||QB||N. Illinois||3||-||-||-||1||1|
Stanford Shutdown. Marcus Mariota was grounded for the second straight year by the Stanford Cardinal and it has knocked him out of the Heisman lead. A partially torn left MCL certainly slowed him down as well, but Mariota’s Heisman hopes took a huge hit this weekend. That said, he threw for 250 yards and two scores without turning the ball over on one knee against the No. 5 team in the nation on the road. One loss from the Cardinal and the Ducks are right back in the Pac-12 title driver’s seat.
AJ Shines Again. While the numbers will never be there for McCarron, the Alabama signal-caller has proven that he is much more than just a game-manager. He makes most of the offensive play calls from the line of scrimmage and was excellent again against LSU. He is now 34-2 as a starter and has been at his best against three ranked teams: 693 yards passing, 7 TDs, 1 INT against Texas A&M, Ole Miss and LSU. He is so much more of a leader and architect than fans give him credit for and it should get him to New York in December.
Petty’s Month. The final month of the year has been targeted for Baylor all season. The Bears' back-loaded schedule got started for Petty in a big way after Baylor cruised past No. 10 Oklahoma. Petty accounted for five total touchdowns in the blowout win over the Sooners. Petty is now leading the nation in passing efficiency (210.65) and fifth nationally in total offense (346.9 ypg). Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas remain on the Bears' schedule.
Johnny Manziel Debate. Has Manziel been better in 2013? His passing stats are improved from a year ago: 331.3 ypg this year versus 285.1 last year, 73 percent completion rate this year versus 68 percent last year and 3.1 TD passes per game versus 2.0 last. However, he already has more INTs (11) than he did last year (9) and is averaging significantly less production on the ground: 61.1 ypg and eight TDs this year versus 108.5 ypg and 21 TDs last year. If Manziel doesn’t repeat, however, it will be his mistakes in big games that will cost him. He has four interceptions and four sacks in two home losses thus far.
Dropped Out. Oregon State's duo of Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks both got left out this week. Fresno State's Derek Carr, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and South Carolina's Connor Shaw dropped out as well.
What to Watch. Jordan Lynch gets one of his hardest tests Wednesday night against Ball State. This is a great matchup that most of the nation will forget to watch. McCarron goes on the road to take on Mississippi State. Both Petty and Winston will host teams with a winning record in Texas Tech and Syracuse respectively, but nether should be tested. Mariota gets back on the field at home against Utah while Manziel is off this weekend. Barring a monumental upset, this weekend shouldn’t shake up the Heisman race too much. Watch out for Shaw this week as South Carolina hosts Florida. The Gamecocks could finish their SEC season at 6-2.
The Voting Panel:
|Tom Dienhart||Big Ten Network||BigTenNetwork.com||Jameis Winston|
|Bryan Fischer||Pac-12 Network||Pac-12.com||Johnny Manziel|
|David Fox||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Jameis Winston|
|Braden Gall||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Jameis Winston|
|Steven Godfrey||SB Nation||SBNation.com||Jameis Winston|
|Chris Huston||Heisman Pundit||HeismanPundit.com||Marcus Mariota|
|Steven Lassan||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Jameis Winston|
|Chris Level||Red Raider Sports||RedRaiderSports.com||Jameis Winston|
|Mitch Light||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Johnny Manziel|
|Billy Liucci||TexAgs||TexAgs.com||Johnny Manziel|
|Dan Rubenstein||SB Nation/Solid Verbal||SolidVerbal.com||Johnny Manziel|
|Josh Ward||Mr. SEC/WNML||MrSEC.com||Johnny Manziel|
|Jim Young||ACC Sports Journal||ACCSports.com||Jameis Winston|