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Now that seven weeks are in the books we are starting to see some separation at the top of our Heisman standings.
Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson are starting to pull away from the pack. Meanwhile, Marcus Lattimore, someone who was a candidate all season had his season come to an end with ligament damage to his left knee.
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Last Week: 23-36, 336 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 INT
Season: 129-181, 1719 yards, 18 TD’s, 3 INT’s
As long as Andrew Luck does not-self implode he will win the Heisman. He has put together a fantastic season and has Stanford in position for a Pac-12 title and possible National Championship.
Luck currently ranks third in quarterback rating, ninth in completion percentage and tied for fifth in touchdowns. The next month will tell us a lot about Luck and Stanford.
Three of Stanford’s next four games will not be easy. The Cardinals have to play Washington, (at) USC and Oregon. If Luck and the Cardinals can get through this three game stretch then Stanford will be eyeing a BCS championship berth and Luck will have the Heisman all but wrapped up.
2. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Last Week: 17 carries, 183 yards, 4 TD’s
Season: 132 carries, 912 yards, 15 TD’s
Trent Richardson has emerged as the nation’s top running back and from a statistics standpoint he may be the best player in the country. Unfortunately for Trent, he will need to continue to put up spectacular numbers if he has any chance of winning the Heisman.
Richardson is ranked second in the country in rushing, only trailing Pittburgh’s Ray Graham and Richardson is third in the country in touchdowns. Nov. 5 when the Tide host LSU could determine if Richardson can win the Heisman.
LSU is Alabama’s only test left and if they get by them they will be undefeated playing for a championship. Richardson does not control his own fate, unlike Luck.
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
Last Week: 26-30, 338 yards, 4 TD’s
Season: 151-199, 1729 yards, 21 TD’s, 4 INT’s
Kellen Moore jumped back into the Heisman conversation this week after he shredded Colorado State. Moore has flown under the radar this season because everyone has been talking about Luck and Robert Griffin.
The problem for Moore is that Boise State plays in the Mountain West, where their toughest game remaining is at San Diego State. It’s shaping up to be another return trip to New York for Moore, but like last year I expect him to lose out to another future No. 1 overall draft pick.
4. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Last Week: 26-38, 270 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 INT
Season: 145-232, 2012 yards, 19 TD’s, 3 INT’s
Tajh Boyd has truly come out of left field. I don’t think Boyd himself could have predicted this much success under first year offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
Morris is a product of Auburn’s Gus Malzhan and it has shown as Clemson’s offense is one of the top offenses in the country. The main reason Clemson is 7-0 is because of Boyd, who is seventh in passing yards and fourth in passing touchdowns.
Clemson is starting to look like this years Auburn. They run a similar offense, came out of nowhere and have a quarterback that can beat you on the ground or in the air.
Boyd is only a sophomore and this is his first full season as a starter so he will only improve.
5. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Last Week: 12-17, 166 yards, 1 TD
Season: 95-128, 1557 yards, 14 TD’s, 1 INT
Wilson’s numbers were down last week because Wisconsin got up early and went on to win by 52. Wilson is not going to have numbers that jump off the page like Luck or Moore, but his numbers will be good enough to get him to New York.
This weeks game at Michigan State will go a long way in the voting for Russell Wilson. If Wilson and the Badgers come out and dominate than Wilson will climb up.
At the end of the day though I don’t think Wilson will have the numbers to finish any better than third in the voting.