Johnny Manziel and Bryce Petty have 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.
The 2013 Heisman race is quickly becoming one of the more bizarre battles in Heisman history. There are five clear-cut frontrunners who are all extremely deserving. And most of them have marquee, championship-type showdowns still to come. With little movement in Week 12, fans can bet Week 13 could be a huge Heisman weekend for more than a few candidates.
Post-Week 12 Voting Results:
|1.||(1)||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida St||57||7||4||2||-||-|
|2.||(2)||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||49||5||4||1||2||1|
|6.||(ur)||Andre Williams||RB||Boston College||5||-||-||-||1||3|
|7.||(6)||Jordan Lynch||QB||N. Illinois||3||-||-||-||1||1|
Boring Week Behind Us. Any week that Johnny Manziel doesn’t play could be considered a boring Heisman weekend. But, on top of that, Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty and Marcus Mariota won by a combined 108 points and scored a total of 10 touchdowns. AJ McCarron didn’t play a great game (187 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT) but he also led two critical scoring drives to beat an upstart Mississippi State team.
Top Two Will Hold Serve. McCarron and Alabama hosts Chattanooga while Winston and Florida State host Idaho. There is really nothing to see here with either team or player. In fact, it’s a lose-lose Heisman situation for both players this weekend. Week 13 should maintain BCS National Championship status quo for both teams. Let’s move on to the good stuff…
Manziel’s Showcase. Over the last two weeks, Johnny Manziel will have not one but two huge road SEC showcase games to make his Heisman case. It begins this weekend in Baton Rouge when Texas A&M battles LSU on the bayou. The Tigers have lost only one time in Tiger Stadium since Georgia beat LSU on Oct. 25, 2008 (Alabama, 2012). Manziel’s worst career game came against the Bayou Bengals last season in College Station — 29-of-56, 276 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT, 17 attempts, 27 rush yards — and fans can bet that he will be motivated in a big way to get his revenge. LSU’s defense has struggled on the road but has been very salty at home. This one should be epic.
Bryce Leads Baylor. Bryce Petty’s Heisman hopes not only hang in the balance this weekend in Stillwater but so do the Bears’ Big 12 and BCS national title hopes. Oklahoma State is surging after winning six straight in the league and hasn’t lost in Stillwater to Baylor since 1939. Petty has accounted for 34 touchdowns and just one interception all season and is leading the nation in passing efficiency (206.23). A road win over Oklahoma State not only could vault Petty to the top of Heisman ballots but possibly into the BCS title game.
Andre the Giant. Boston College has gone from two wins to six in one season under Steve Addazio with the help of workhorse tailback Andre Williams. The Eagles tailback has 634 yards over his last two games and now owns the ACC single-game (339 yards) and single-season rushing records (1,810). He still has three games to go and, if he keeps his recent pace, has an outside shot at making a push at Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season record (2,628 yards, 1988). He is the only non-QB on the ballot this weekend.
Arizona Upset Alert. Marcus Mariota leads the Pac-12 frontrunners into the desert this weekend to face the Wildcats. And Oregon fans are queasy for a reason. The Ducks last lost in Tucson when an injured dual-threat Heisman candidate — Dennis Dixon — crippled his stiff-armed chances by re-injuring his torn-up knee in a loss to Arizona. Just reading that sentence should make Oregon fans nervous about this potential upset spot. Rich Rodriguez’ team is overmatched but will be amped up against the top team in the league.
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|