Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Brendan's Heisman Ballot: Week 11

We don't have any changes at the top after the Ducks stayed home in Week 10, but with HUGE games on the docket for Oregon, Alabama and Baylor look for a big shake-up when the Week 12 ballot drops.

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1. MARCUS MARIOTA, QB, OREGON: Mariota threw as many picks during the Ducks bye week as he did during the rest of the season. We don't have anything to add today, but he'll take a huge step toward the stage in New York, or drop from the race completely, against the Cardinal Thursday night. No Heisman candidate will have more riding on a single game than Mariota in Palo Alto.

2. JAMEIS WINSTON, QB, FLORIDA STATE: "Let's see, I've single-handedly restored Florida State to national prominence, completed 70.3 percent of my passes, thrown 24 TDs and only six picks, given the right answer every time I've had a microphone in my face, and systematically destroyed two Top 10 conference opponents in nationally televised night games. What else can I do to endear myself to the Heisman voters? How about an awesome pre-game ritual with a child that makes every person in the world love me?"

Yeah, that should do it.

Forget asking if Winston can win a Heisman. We should be asking if he can win four of them.

3. JOHNNY MANZIEL, QB, TEXAS A&M: With all the hype about Mariota and Winston it's easy to forget that Manziel actually has a higher completion percentage, an unholy 72.5, than either of them. His 3,431 total yards have him almost 800 ahead of Winston, and his 34 total TDs dwarf Mariota, Winston, and even Bryce Petty, who's offense puts up basketball scores every week. Manziel's been so consistent and so good for two years that he's practically boring us with his greatness. I still think his offseason baggage will keep him off the podium in December, but with November games against LSU and Missouri looming he'll have two chances to make a huge statement.

Legitimate Contenders

A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor (one of them pulls away Thursday, or they both drop out)

Longshot of the Week

Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois

Goodnight, Sweet Prince

Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

(Photo: SI)

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