After another crazy weekend of action, one name stands above the rest.
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.
And for the first time all season, one player clearly stands above the rest with 11 of the 13 first-place votes. As long as nothing changes... off the field.
Post-Week 14 Voting Results:
|1.||(1)||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida St||55||11||-||-||-||-|
|2.||(7)||Jordan Lynch||QB||N. Illinois||36||1||4||3||3||-|
|3.||(10)||Braxton Miller||QB||Ohio St||26||-||3||4||-||2|
|5.||(3)||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||13||-||3||-||-||1|
|6.||(4)||Andre Williams||RB||Boston College||8||-||-||-||4||-|
|12.||(ur)||Brandin Cooks||WR||Oregon St||3||-||-||-||1||1|
|13.||(ur)||Connor Shaw||QB||South Carolina||2||-||-||-||1||-|
|14t.||(12)||Derek Carr||QB||Fresno St||1||-||-||-||-||1|
|14t.||(ur)||Jadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina||1||-||-||-||-||1|
What to do with Jordan Lynch? His numbers are ridiculous and his team could be an undefeated conference champion but voters still don’t know what to do with the Northern Illinois quarterback. He is fourth in the nation in rushing at 146.3 yards per game, third nationally with 20 rushing touchdowns and his 248 carries are 12th nationally. And all of this ground production comes with 204.8 yards passing per game, a 64.4 percent completion rate and a 22:5 TD:INT ratio as a passer. And his team has handled Iowa, Purdue, Toledo and Ball State with relative ease. However, evidence suggests that his level of competition is entirely too weak to win the Heisman. Will fans hold his lackluster performance against Florida State last season against him this year? He completed just 36.6 percent of his passes, averaged 1.9 yards per carry (23 att., 44 yards) and scored once in the 31-10 Orange Bowl drubbing.
Jameis Winston. There is no other candidate that has the resume that Winston presents on the field. His numbers are sick — he is leading the nation in passing efficiency, is third nationally with 35 TD passes and is second in the country at 11.0 yards per pass attempt. His team is perfect, ranked No. 1 and poised to crush yet another opponent for a conference title and berth in the BCS title game. The only thing that will keep Winston from winning the coveted stiff-armed trophy will be if charges are levied in the sexual assault investigation. Voters have a brutally difficult decision to make with the Seminoles quarterback.
Buckeye Rising. The name moving up boards the most is Ohio State’s quarterback Braxton Miller. The preseason frontrunner missed some time due to injury against Cal and Florida A&M but has been the Offensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten. He is 10th nationally in passing efficiency (164.31) and is fourth nationally among quarterbacks in rushing (89.1 ypg). His 295.0 yards per game of total offense in Big Ten play leads the league and he has come up huge in November (rushing for 488 yards and six scores on 10.6 yards per carry in the month). Should he post another huge game against Michigan State, finishing 25-0 over the last two seasons, and lands in the BCS title game, he will get a lot of votes.
Deepest Vote Yet. The 13-person Athlon Sports Heisman panel has been voting all season and this is easily the deepest field of vote-getters. Brandin Cooks is the top wide receiver in the nation, Connor Shaw might be the most underrated QB in SEC history, Bryce Petty could still win the Big 12 outright, Andre Williams is over 2,100 yards rushing and Nick Marshall could lead his team to a BCS title game after an 0-8 SEC record in 2012. After Winston, it's completely wide open.
The Voting Panel:
|Tom Dienhart||Big Ten Network||BigTenNetwork.com||Jameis Winston|
|Bryan Fischer||Pac-12 Network||Pac-12.com||Jameis Winston|
|David Fox||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||AJ McCarron|
|Braden Gall||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Jameis Winston|
|Steven Godfrey||SB Nation||SBNation.com||Jameis Winston|
|Chris Huston||Heisman Pundit||HeismanPundit.com||Jordan Lynch|
|Steven Lassan||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Jameis Winston|
|Chris Level||Red Raider Sports||RedRaiderSports.com||Jameis Winston|
|Mitch Light||Athlon Sports||AthlonSports.com||Jameis Winston|
|Billy Liucci||TexAgs||TexAgs.com||Jameis Winston|
|Dan Rubenstein||SB Nation/Solid Verbal||SolidVerbal.com||Jameis Winston|
|Josh Ward||Mr. SEC/WNML||MrSEC.com||Jameis Winston|
|Jim Young||ACC Sports Journal||ACCSports.com||Jameis Winston|