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College Football: Post-Week 9 Heisman Trophy Voting

Bryce Petty

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

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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

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

Marcus Mariota

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