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The Heisman race is as tight as ever entering the final week before the conference championships. A couple familiar names have re entered the race, while the top two remain unchanged.
1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Last Week: 32 carries, 175 yards, 2 TD’s
Season: 236 carries, 1380 yards, 20 TD’s
Trent Richardson once again turned in a great performance even if it was against Georgia Southern. Richardson ran for 175 yards and added a receiving touchdown to his numbers as well. Richardson has been the Alabama offense this year and they will rely on him once again when they look to avenge last years lost in the Iron Bowl to Auburn.
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Last Week: 20-30, 257 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 INT
Season: 241-343, 2937 yards, 31 TD’s, 8 INT’s
Andrew Luck’s performance against Cal will not turn any heads, but the conditions were not great and he led Stanford to another victory. Luck will still be the top pick in the upcoming draft, but for someone who has been labeled as the best prospect in the past decade his numbers don’t really support that. I think we are at the point where we can have the argument if he is even the past quarterback in the Pac-12.
3. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Last Week: 26-34, 323 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 INT
Season: 273-404, 3105 yards, 33 TD’s, 7 INT’s
I think it’s time for people to consider Matt Barkley the best player in the Pac-12 and maybe the country. Barkley has more passing yards, touchdowns and fewer interceptions than Andrew Luck. The reason people forget about him is USC’s bowl ban.
It has taken him and the entire program off the grid. Barkley’s win at Oregon put the stamp on his season and will go down as his signature win. The Heisman voting is done before the bowl season, so the fact that Barkley can’t play in a game should not matter.
4. Case Keenum, QB, Houston
Last Week: 30-45, 318 yards, 1 TD
Season: 309-421, 4269 yards, 38 TD’s, 3 INT’s
Case Keenum has Houston poised for a BCS bowl birth, set the record for completions and is only the second quarterback ever to throw for 4,000 yards in three seasons. Keenum can’t play any better. Unfortunately for him he plays in Conference USA and will not receive enough votes to even crack the top three.
5. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Last Week: 21-34, 479 yards, 4 TD’s
Season: 245-336, 3572 yards, 33 TD’s, 5 INT’s
Baylor had never beaten Oklahoma before, that alone puts RG3 back into the Heisman race. Griffin has been sensational this season, making Baylor a team to be feared. If Griffin had a little bit more talent around him and had a defense he would win the Heisman. The fact that Baylor has lost three games will kill his Heisman chances. But nonetheless, Griffin has been lights out this season.