College Football: Post-Week 9 Heisman Trophy Voting

Bryce Petty keeps posting huge numbers and winning games, so are voters giving him enough respect?

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.

Week 9 didn't feature any dramatic shifts in the Heisman voting. And rightly so, as there was no true marquee performance. The top contenders held serve, the middle of the pack performed admirably and a one mid-major performer continues his statistical assault.

Post-Week 9 Voting Results:

  LW Player Pos. Team Pts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1. (1) Marcus Mariota QB Oregon 63 12 - 1 - -
2. (2) Jameis Winston QB Florida St 51 - 12 1 - -
3. (3) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M 38 1 1 8 2 1
4. (4) Bryce Petty QB Baylor 21 - - 2 7 1
5. (6) AJ McCarron QB Alabama 9 - - 1 2 2
6. (7) Jordan Lynch QB N. Illinois 7 - - - 2 3
7. (5) Sean Mannion QB Oregon St 2 - - - - 2
8t. (7) Brandin Cooks WR Oregon St 1 - - - - 1
8t. (7) Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin 1 - - - - 1
8t. (10) Bishop Sankey RB Washington 1 - - - - 1
8t. (ur) Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 1 - - - - 1

Heisman Headlines:

Holding Serve. Marcus Mariota led his offense to an impressive and crushing performance over No. 12 UCLA. Jameis Winston dominated an extremely overmatched NC State squad at home. Bryce Petty destroyed the most inferior opponent in the Big 12. And Johnny Manziel stayed in the pocket and showed off his arm against a reeling Vanderbilt defense. Frankly, Mariota — whose numbers were “worse” than the others — is the only player of the group who should get a bump for their Week 9 showing.

Slow and Steady. AJ McCarron is 33-2 as a starter, has two BCS title rings and is leading the clear-cut, unbeaten No. 1 team in the nation. Against arch rival Tennessee, he did what he has done his entire career: Lead an efficient and flawless offensive performance in a blowout win. He completed at least 70 percent of passes for the fourth time this year and finished with 275 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers. He is the ninth-rated passer nationally and hasn’t thrown a pick in four games (3 on the season). He may not have a chance to win it, but he WILL make it to New York if Bama is unbeaten.

No Love For Lynch. Northern Illinois may not slip into a BCS bowl this season but regardless of where the Huskies land in the postseason, Jordan Lynch deserves Heisman credit. After setting an NCAA record for rushing yards in a game by a QB last week (316), all Lynch did in Week 9 was complete 16 of 20 passes for 223 yards and four touchdowns, rush 18 times for 99 yards and one score and catch one pass for 17 yards and a receiving touchdown.

Bye Week Blues. Oregon, Stanford, LSU, Alabama, Baylor and Oklahoma will face each other in two weekends. So all six of them are on bye. Guess what else? Louisville, BYU, Washington and sort of Texas A&M (UTEP at home) are all on bye this weekend as well.

Watch To Watch. Jameis Winston gets by far the biggest Heisman “test” this weekend as unbeaten Miami comes to town in a huge ACC and rivalry showdown. However, FSU is favored by more than three touchdowns, so it’s almost a no-win situation — barring a massive performance. Manziel gets UTEP at home (snoozer) and Lynch gets to visit UMass (booooring). Watch out for Melvin Gordon against a stingy Iowa defense on the road, though, as the Badgers back could make a big statement as the nation's best running back. The massively underrated Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona could also come up huge against a bad Cal team.

The Voting Panel:

Name Organization Website No. 1
Tom Dienhart Big Ten Network Marcus Mariota
Bryan Fischer Pac-12 Network Marcus Mariota
David Fox Athlon Sports Marcus Mariota
Braden Gall Athlon Sports Marcus Mariota
Steven Godfrey SB Nation Marcus Mariota
Chris Huston Heisman Pundit Marcus Mariota
Steven Lassan Athlon Sports Marcus Mariota
Chris Level Red Raider Sports Marcus Mariota
Mitch Light Athlon Sports Marcus Mariota
Billy Liucci TexAgs Johnny Manziel
Dan Rubenstein SB Nation/Solid Verbal Marcus Mariota
Josh Ward Mr. SEC/WNML Marcus Mariota
Jim Young ACC Sports Journal Marcus Mariota


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