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We are now into the home stretch of the Heisman race. At this point any of the following five candidates could take home the hardware. The slightest slip up could mean the difference in finishing first or fifth.
1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Last Week: 32 carries, 127 yards, 1 TD
Season: 204 carries, 1205 yards, 18 TD’s
I am in the minority with this pick, but after Andrew Luck’s subpar performance against Oregon, Richardson is now the front runner for the Heisman.
Against Ole Miss, Richardson accounted for a third of Alabama’s offense. The schedule from here on out is very favorable for the Tide as they play Georgia Southern next, followed by a trip to Auburn.
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Last Week: 27-41, 256 yards, 3 TD’s, 2 INT’s
Season: 221-313, 2680 yards, 29 TD’s, 7 INT’s
Luck chose the biggest game of Stanford’s season to play his worse game. His numbers were not terrible in the game, but at the end of the day Stanford lost at home to a team many people figured they would beat.
For the shear fact that Oregon was Stanford’s only true test and they lost, Luck has to drop in the rankings.
3. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Last Week: 20 carries, 146 yards, 3 TD’s
Season: 153 carries, 1207 yards, 12 TD’s
Just imagine if James did not have to sit out two games with that elbow injury. He has rushed for over 145 yards in five of his eight games and ranks sixth in the country in rushing. He also leads the nation with 150.9 yards a game.
His three touchdown performance against Stanford single handily carried the Ducks to victory and has them in position to make a return to the national championship.
4. Case Keenum, QB, Houston
Last Week: 22-29, 325 yards, 3 TD’s
Season: 279-376, 3951 yards, 37 TD’s, 3 INT’s
Another what if question. What if Case Keenum played in an AQ conference?
If we just looked at the numbers with no names behind them Keenum would win the Heisman in a landslide. The problem is he does play for Houston and scoring 73 points against Tulane is not that impressive.
Keenum has a chance to climb a bit more however with the Cougars final two games against SMU and Tulsa, who have only two league losses combined.
5. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Last Week: 31-37, 423 yards, 5 TD’s
Season: 313-428, 3635 yards, 31 TD’s, 9 INT’s
Brandon Weeden put together his best game of the season against Texas Tech and the most amazing part of it all was the fact that he didn’t even play three full quarters. Weeden started slow, but of late has been red hot. In his last seven games he has thrown 23 touchdown’s to just three interceptions.