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College Football: Post-Week 11 Heisman Trophy Voting

AJ McCarron

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:

 

LW

Player

Pos.

Team

Pts

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

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

3.

(4)

Bryce Petty

QB

Baylor

33

-

2

3

8

-

4.

(1)

Marcus Mariota

QB

Oregon

26

1

1

3

1

6

5.

(5)

AJ McCarron

QB

Alabama

25

-

2

4

1

3

6.

(6)

Jordan Lynch

QB

N. Illinois

3

-

-

-

1

1

7.

(ur)

Blake Bortles

QB

UCF

2

-

-

-

1

-

8.

(7)

Ka'Deem Carey

RB

Arizona

1

-

-

-

-

1

Heisman Headlines:

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.

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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:

Name

Organization

Website

No. 1

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