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1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Last Week: 29-40, 330 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 INT
Season: 174-242, 2,218 yards, 23 TD’s, 4 INT’s
Last week Andrew Luck showed why so many people have him as their favorite to win the Heisman trophy. After throwing a pick six, to put USC up seven, Luck marched right back down the field to tie the game up and send it into overtime.
Once in overtime Luck was unstoppable. He threw all over the most talented team he has seen this season. The most impressive part of the game was how he was able to out duel Matt Barkley, who also put on a show.
Luck’s performance puts big separation between him and Trent Richardson.
2. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Last Week: Bye
Season: 149 carries, 989 yards, 17 TD’s
If you didn’t know, Alabama plays LSU this week. This may be Trent Richardson’s only shot to pass Andrew Luck. Right now there is a gap between Luck and Richardson, but if Richardson shows up on Saturday and has a big game against the Tigers it will go a long way for his case for the Heisman.
If Alabama loses and Richardson has a bad game you can kiss his Heisman campaign goodnight, as Alabama’s remaining schedule is Mississippi State, Georgia Southern and Auburn.
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise St
Last Week: Bye
Season: 174-228, 2,010 yards, 24 TD’s, 5 INT’s
Once again Kellen Moore is putting up good numbers, and once again he will probably fall short of a Heisman trophy. The only way Moore has any shot of winning the Heisman is if Luck and Richardson both lose games and have bad performances.
It’s too bad because Moore is one of the best college quarterbacks ever, but it’s looking like he will finish his career with no Heisman and no appearance in a national championship.
4. Case Keenum, QB, Houston
Last Week: 24-37, 534 yards, 9 TD’s, 1 INT
Season: 218-303, 3,219 yards, 32 TD’s, 3 INT’s
Case Keenum leads the nation in passing yards and touchdowns and is second in quarterback rating, he also just became the all time leader in touchdown passes for a quarterback. There is no question he can play, but unfortunately he plays in Conference USA.
Either way you can not ignore Keenum’s season. He has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country and one of the best players.
5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Last Week: 13 receptions, 172 yards, 2 TD’s
Season: 74 receptions, 834 yards, 10 TD’s
Blackmon is quietly putting together another great season. There are four games left in the season, so it is completely possible for Blackmon to finish 115 receptions, 1,350 yards and 15 touchdowns. To this point he has been the best player on the third ranked team in the country.
Oklahoma State could potentially finish the season undefeated and sneak into the national championship. If they do that, Blackmon will be a big reason why.