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Heisman Watch: Mariota still in command

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Five weeks into the season, here’s how the race for the 2013 Heisman Trophy stands. These are the players with the best chance to actually win the award:

1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon – A driving rain storm hampered Mariota’s final numbers against Cal, but the Oregon sophomore still projects as the front runner at this time. He’s on pace to have 3,263 passing yards, 962 rushing yards and 46 total touchdowns by the time the Heisman vote is due. How he does in big games against Washington, UCLA and Stanford will ultimately determine his fate.

2. Tajh Boyd, Clemson – The senior quarterback had a huge game against Wake Forest with 311 passing yards, 68 rushing yards and four total scores against Wake Forest. He’s on pace to have 3,250 passing yards, 520 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns by the time the Heisman vote is due. A huge matchup with Florida State looms in mid-October which could make or break his candidacy.

3. Aaron Murray, Georgia – No player helped himself more in the Heisman race this past weekend than Murray, who guided Georgia to a thrilling win over No. 6 LSU. He now has two wins over ranked teams and his only loss is a close one to a top five Clemson squad. He’s on pace for 4,342 passing yards and 46 combined touchdowns and his schedule sets up fairly easy until a potential SEC title game at season’s end.

4. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville – While his schedule is weak, his numbers are sterling. The potential first pick in next year’s draft is on pace for 3,636 passing yards and 42 touchdowns. He’ll have to add to that production in the coming weeks and approach 50 touchdowns if he wants voters to possibly overlook his soft slate of opponents.

5. Bryce Petty, Baylor – The nation’s leader in passing efficiency could have the Bears challenging for a Big 12 title. He’s on pace for 4,008 passing yards and 40 total touchdowns. Big games in wins over Oklahoma and Texas could give him a boost the same way they did Robert Griffin III a couple years ago.

On the cusp: Brett Hundley, UCLA; A.J. McCarrron, Alabama; Kevin Hogan, Stanford.

Where’s Johnny Manziel?

Make no mistake, he’s having a fine season and is on pace have 3,576 passing yards, 756 rushing yards and 41 total touchdowns by the time the Heisman vote is due. But voters are generally reluctant to give out second Heismans — there’s only been one two-time winner, after all. And when you combine his declining numbers (compared to last season, at least) with the general attitude toward his off-season antics, he’s got an uphill climb. He’s likely to get to New York as a finalist; he just won’t win.

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17 Responses to “Heisman Watch: Mariota still in command”
  1. keltictim says: Sep 29, 2013 9:21 PM

    It sucks this is a stats driven award. Clowney has a massive impact on the gameplan of opposing offenses, and due to their game planning gets no tangible stats.

  2. blacknole08 says: Sep 29, 2013 9:35 PM

    No Jameis Winston? He has been lighting it up so far this year.

    If we beat Clemson and Miami he should be a front runner

  3. mcjon22 says: Sep 29, 2013 9:47 PM

    The only list I’ve seen that doesn’t have Jameis Winston. Winston has more Touchdown passes, a higher completion percentage, and higher Total QB rating than both Boyd and Murray.

    Do a little research and actually watch the games Chris.

  4. jf1339 says: Sep 29, 2013 10:19 PM

    Wait until FSU actually plays someone good, then he might be included in this list.

  5. bigdinla says: Sep 29, 2013 10:35 PM

    Look I realize Johnny is an unpopular figure, but he IS the best player in college football. Yes I threw up a little in my mouth when I wrote that.

  6. dhardy8207 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:05 AM

    I would be reluctant to place Aaron Murray at #3. Ok so UGA survived against LSU barely and I’m not dismissing his accomplishment there. Just don’t think that one game should have moved him into the 3rd spot.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 30, 2013 10:19 AM

    @dlhardy8207 Have you not been watching Murray. He’s been pretty great and already played 3 top 10 teams this year…..

    I agree that if Winston keeps winning and making incredible plays, he will be in the discussion and in NY.

    If Manziel continues to put up numbers (hi numbers agasint Arkansas weren’t spectacular but it was pouring rain so the ran the ball the entire 2nd half) he should at least get an invite to NY.

    Said it though at the beginning of the year, if Oregon goes undefeated, Mariota is my Heisman winner.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 30, 2013 10:20 AM

    *all sorts of spelling mistakes there…. sorry

  9. nolimitphil89 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:59 AM

    So last year there were three finalists… but the author lists five guys that likely to win excluding Manziel. Perfectly logical. “There’s only been one two-time winner.” Rewind to last year and this quote could be “There’s never been a freshman winner.” Stick with the stats and say something like he’s on track to throw 10-11 interceptions, but save the ad hominem crap.

  10. dhardy8207 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:20 AM

    8to80texansblog says:
    Sep 30, 2013 10:19 AM

    @dlhardy8207 Have you not been watching Murray. He’s been pretty great and already played 3 top 10 teams this year

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    Yes 8to8texan I have watched Murray against Clemson and LSU and I stick by “my opinion” that he has not been consistent over his last few seasons. Also he’s like a 7th year senior, he’s had a few more seasons over the rest of the pack to perfect his game at the collegiate level…

    I m liking what I see in FSU’s young freshman QB, just hope he can finish the season without injury and doesn’t let all the attention go to his head like Manziel has…

  11. micklethepickle says: Sep 30, 2013 11:51 AM

    This has definitely been Murray’s best year (last year the D had to bail him out several times, this year it’s the reverse), and let’s face it – I can’t think of any team in any conference that has a harder schedule than UGA this season…. Murray belongs in the Heisman convo (and this coming from a UGA fan that has been unbelievably frustrated with Murray in the past).

    How ’bout them Dawgs!

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 30, 2013 2:38 PM

    Again people are trying to award Heismans for careers. Its a single year award. Shouldn’t matter about inconsistency in previous years.

    Murray is 4th in the country in passing and passing efficiency, ahead of the #1 and #2 guys on this list.

    And no one has played as tough a schedule as Murray this year so far. And their 1 loss is to a top 3 opponent on the road by single digits.

    @micklethepickle LSU’s schedule is pretty brutal… at UGA, UF, at Bama, A&M, at Ole Miss. More spread out in it’s difficulty but just as tough overall as UGA’s

  13. barkleyblows says: Sep 30, 2013 3:59 PM

    But, but, but…. No Melvin Gordon???!!!

    Sarcasm

  14. skwackquackwoof says: Sep 30, 2013 4:06 PM

    Murray can’t carry Mariota’s brief case. Mariota has “it.”
    Would have been a completely different heisman race last year if Mariota had played in the second half of more than 2 games.

  15. sfsugator says: Sep 30, 2013 4:11 PM

    I’m not a Texas a&m fan or even a fan of the state of Texas for that matter. but Johnny manziel is by far the best player in America how he doesn’t get invited back for a second Heisman is absurd barring injury.

  16. dhardy8207 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:40 AM

    “Again people are trying to award Heismans for careers. Its a single year award. Shouldn’t matter about inconsistency in previous years.”

    No, thats not what I was doing. All I said was that after losing to Clemson and then barely winning against LSU shouldn’t put Murray in the top 3 (IMO).. Not to say that he’s not worth a mention in the discussion but historically this type of attention on a player in after the first few games doesn’t mean they perform to that level over the entirety of the season; My point when mentioning his past few seasons.

    I think its way to premature to really predict who the heisman votes should go to. Still alot of season left to play..

  17. grendelg says: Oct 3, 2013 3:20 PM

    “All I said was that after losing to Clemson and then barely winning against LSU shouldn’t put Murray in the top 3 (IMO)”

    Who has Mariota played and beaten of this calibre? No one. It’s easy to put up big numbers against 2nd rate teams. Try doing it against 3 top-10 teams.

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