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College Football: Post-Week 7 Heisman Trophy Voting

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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 race for the Heisman Trophy should get extremely interesting over the next few weekends. UCLA will play both Stanford and Oregon. Clemson hosts Florida State. LSU has to play Ole Miss, Alabama and Texas A&M. Baylor still has battles with Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma State. But for now, the award is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota's to lose. He got 11 first-place votes (of 13) this week for the highest point total of the season in Athlon's voting.

Post-Week 7 Voting Results:

 

LW

Player

Pos.

Team

Pts

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

1.

(1)

Marcus Mariota

QB

Oregon

63

11

2

-

-

-

2.

(3)

Johnny Manziel

QB

Texas A&M

48

2

8

1

1

1

3.

(2)

Tajh Boyd

QB

Clemson

32

-

2

7

1

1

4.

(5)

Jameis Winston

QB

Florida St

22

-

-

3

6

1

5t.

(8)

AJ McCarron

QB

Alabama

6

-

-

1

-

3

5t.

(9)

Sean Mannion

QB

Oregon St

6

-

-

1

-

3

5t.

(6)

Bryce Petty

QB

Baylor

6

-

1

-

-

2

8.

(7)

Teddy Bridgewater

QB

Louisville

4

-

-

-

2

-

9t.

(4)

Aaron Murray

QB

Georgia

2

-

-

-

1

-

9t.

(ur)

Bishop Sankey

RB

Washington

2

-

-

-

1

-

9t.

(ur)

Anthony Barr

LB

UCLA

2

-

-

-

1

-

12t.

(ur)

Brett Hundley

QB

UCLA

1

-

-

-

-

1

12t.

(11)

Zach Mettenberger

QB

LSU

1

-

-

-

-

1

Heisman Headlines:

More Mariota, Please. After seven touchdowns against Colorado and four touchdowns with over 450 yards of offense on the road against Washington, the nation has finally acknowledged Mariota might be the best player in the country. Having said that, he will have a chance to prove it. Washington State, UCLA and Stanford are Oregon’s next three opponents and there is a chance that every one of the Ducks’ final six games could feature a team heading to a bowl game.

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Boyd vs. Winston. Tajh Boyd was excellent in the final quarter against Boston College, as the Tigers' signal-caller finished with nearly 400 yards of offense and two critical touchdowns. While Boyd and Clemson struggled with BC, Florida State and Jameis Winston sat at home and rested. It sets up the next Game of the Century as the Seminoles head down to Death Valley on Saturday. Both QBs are good enough for this not to be a Heisman elimination game, but it will be hard for either player to lose this game and still win the stiff-armed trophy.

Manziel’s Magic. He made a few bad throws throughout the course of the game in Oxford. But the Ole Miss Rebels had no answer for the reigning Heisman winner in the final quarter. Manziel led three long scoring drives to bring his team from behind twice, and ultimately, set up the game-winning field goal. He posted his sixth career 300-yard game, ninth career 100-yard rushing game and ninth game with at least 400 yards of total offense. Watch out for Manziel as A&M gets four very winnable games at home in a row before finally visiting Baton Rouge. Auburn this weekend might be the best of the bunch actually.

Who is Sean Mannion? The Oregon State Beavers were supposed to have had a QB battle this summer but Mannion is making a mockery of that basic premise. Other than a bizarre opening weekend loss to Eastern Washington, Mannion’s Beavers have been perfect. He leads the nation in passing (418.5 ypg) and passing TDs (25) by a wide margin and is poised to set school and Pac-12 records in short order. That said, his Heisman candidacy hinges on marquee showdowns (and wins). Oregon State faces Stanford, USC, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon in the final five weeks of the year. Stay tuned.

Bruins Dynamic Duo. The leader of the Bruins offense is quarterback Brett Hundley. The leader of the Bruins defense is Anthony Barr. They might be the best offensive-defense tandem in the nation and both entered the Heisman mix this weekend. Will it last? Voters won’t have to wait long as UCLA travels to Stanford and Oregon over the next two weeks. Barr might be the best defensive player in the nation but he will have his work cut out for him over the next two weekends.

Dropped Out. Only Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk dropped from the Heisman ranks this week. He failed to reach 100 yards for the first time in nine games in what was Baylor’s worst performance (and still a win) against Kansas State.

What to Watch. Florida State at Clemson? UCLA at Stanford? Auburn at Texas A&M? LSU at Ole Miss?  Those are all electric games to watch, but keep an eye on UCF at Louisville Friday evening. It might be Teddy Bridgewater’s toughest test of the year. Some Heisman contenders could fall this weekend.

The Voting Panel:

Name

Organization

Website

No. 1

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

Johnny Manziel

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