Oh, how things change.
College football is a game where you’re only as good as what you did the week before and perhaps no one had a better week seven than Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, whose Vince Young-esque performance helped the Tigers hang 65 on Arkansas. Initially, I didn’t even have Newton on my list (shows how much I know), but now it’s hard to imagine anyone’s Heisman rankings without him.
On the contrary, no one’s Heisman stock has taken a bigger hit than Michigan’s Denard Robinson. A front runner just weeks ago, a series of injuries and losses have hampered Robinson’s status. Ironically, it was the great play of backup QB Tate Forcier that’s hurt Robinson the most, showing that maybe, just maybe, ‘Shoelace’ isn’t as necessary to Michigan’s success as was previously thought.
Here’s how Newton and the rest of college football’s best stack up.
1) Cam Newton, QB Auburn (last week — #5)
Okay, I’m buying into the hype. Newton has been a beast through the first half of the season and leads his team in passing (obviously) an rushing. He provides tremendous value to his team and, for a first-year starter at the D1 level, has adapted to Gus Malzahn‘s offense tremendously.
Now that I’ve jumped on his bandwagon, all that remains is for Newton to completely tank this weekend against LSU.
2) LaMichael James, RB Oregon (last week — #1)
James has been a workhorse for Oregon’s rushing attack, totaling over 800 yards rushing and 10 total touchdowns. Had it not been for Newton’s ridiculous performance against Arkansas, James would probably still be No. 1. Oregon was idle this week, but James has another opportunity to rack up big numbers against UCLA, who has allowed over 180 rush yards per game.
3) Kellen Moore, QB Boise State (last week –#2)
It was another solid, yet quiet, week for Moore, who tallied another 200-plus-yard game through the air against San Jose State. It’s not that Moore hasn’t been great, but with Boise State rarely playing on television and late at night, it’s impossible to see how good he is.
4) Andrew Luck, QB Stanford (last week — #4)
Like James, the Stanford QB had a bye week, but takes the field this weekend against Washington State. The Cougars are 118th in the country in points allowed at 40 ppg, so Luck should have a field day chucking the ball down the field.
5) Tim Tebow, QB Florida (last week — NR)
At 4-3, the Gators sure could use another promise from Tebow. By the way, didn’t Urban Meyer have another big, mobile quarterback at Florida who was supposed to be Tebow’s successor?
Just missed the cut, but keep your eye on ‘em: Denard Robinson, QB Michigan, Randall Cobb, WR Kentucky, Matt Barkley, QB USC