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Mariota takes over lead in HeismanPundit Straw Poll

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Marcus Mariota‘s big game against a ranked Washington team on the road this past Saturday has pushed him into the lead in the latest HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday.

The Oregon sophomore collected 7 out of 10 first-place votes and tallied 25 points to finish six points in front of defending Heisman winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M (3 first-place votes, 19 points). Manziel had led the previous three polls.

Both sophomores were well ahead of the rest of the field, reflecting their dominance in the first half of the season.

Jameis Winston of Florida State was third with five points whileSean Mannion of Oregon State was fourth with four points.

Now in its eighth season, the Heisman Straw Poll is the college football world’s most trusted gauge of Heisman voter sentiment. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country during the past seven seasons, with the final 2012 poll correctly picking the top five finishers and the final 2011 poll picking the top seven.

Each week’s poll is released on Tuesdays throughout the season at

The Heisman Straw Poll, 10/15/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon – 25 (7)

2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M – 19 (3)

3. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – 5

4. Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State – 4

5. (tie) Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson – 2

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor – 2

Duke Johnson, RB, Miami – 2

8. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – 1

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11 Responses to “Mariota takes over lead in HeismanPundit Straw Poll”
  1. barkleyblows says: Oct 15, 2013 6:24 PM

    Whaaaaaat!! No Melvin Gordon?!? Haha

  2. bigdinla says: Oct 15, 2013 6:36 PM

    Mar iota will be there until he faces the only legit defense in the PAC 12. Once Stanford does what they always do to Oregon, he will fall.

  3. nderdog says: Oct 15, 2013 7:41 PM

    bigdinla, you apparently have a pretty warped sense of reality. Stanford has won exactly 2 times in the last 11 games against Oregon. Yeah, both of those were in the past 4 years, but “always” definitely favors the Ducks. Between those 3 and 9 point wins are a 23 and 21 point loss.

  4. aglawman says: Oct 15, 2013 10:30 PM

    Be honest, all: you’re on the playground and you’re the team captain with the first pick…who do you pick (every time)?

    JFF. Period.

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 16, 2013 12:13 AM

    How may people thought that A&M wouldn’t win the game when Manziel took the field with 2:35 left on the clock in a tie game?

    I thought so…

  6. nipper6 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:35 AM

    I fail to understand why A.J. McCarron
    is not listed as a candidate, and not even in the top 10. That is ridiculous. He has won more games and national titles, has demonstrated what a real team leader should be as compared to Johnny football, has stats that should make any pro football scout drool, has engineered some major beatdowns of”comparable” teams,(Notre Dame, LSU), spotted Manziel and co. 14 points and then beat them up. Yet, not even in the top 10. Like I said, ridiculous!


  7. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 16, 2013 1:17 PM


  8. sclobernocker47 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:06 PM

    Probably because McCarron is a game manager and nothing more?

  9. nipper6 says: Oct 16, 2013 3:01 PM

    Nothing more? Really? In the last three years, have you watched, I mean really watched, any of Alabamas’ games? Like, the last two BCS Championship games? Game manager? How about” Team Destroyer”? How about “team managing” the can of whoopass put on Notre Dame last year? How about the year before, after the national consensus was that LSU was the best team in the nation. How did that work out for them in the BCS? Not real well, right? Who “team managed ” those games for ‘Bama? Oh, that’s right: A.J. Friggin’ McCarron, that’s who! And as for the quality of teams played against, in all of the country it is the same: sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you. They key is to be strong enough to handle both. In three years Alabama has lost two games, up to this point. They beat both teams coming back. A.J McCarron quarterbacked. Like I said before, ridiculous!

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 16, 2013 5:02 PM

    I know I am biased but I thought Johnny Manziel’s performance was much more Heismanworthy than Mariota’s…. Mariota’s may have been cleaner, but not as impactful.

    JFF get’s injured in the first on a non contact play, everyone thinks he’s done for the season, nope, he comes back and breaks the FBS record for most games with 300+ pass yds and 100+ rush yds.

    He leads a 4Q game tying drive and then the 4Q game winning drive.

    Mariota is going to win, I’ve said it all year. I just think that Manziel is more of an improviser and makes first downs where others would get sacked. Manziel is far and away more fun to watch too.


    These aren’t candidates… these are players who received votes in a straw poll from actual Heisman voters…. My guess, McCarron didn’t receive any votes…

  11. nipper6 says: Oct 17, 2013 2:56 PM

    8to80- no, pal, I’m biased! To the point that whether it’s a candidate selection, vote total, whatever, A.J. McCarron should not ever be excluded from consideration for any Heisman balloting. I don’t care if its’ two dudes sitting at a bar, drinking Irish Reds, his name should be in the mix. Especially when you are talking Bryce Petty, Duke Johnson, etc.. I just don’t get where you think these guys fit in to the debate of what has been accomplished, when we now have a player that, if he leads his team to another title, will be the most successful quarterback ever in the history of the BCS! And look, JFF is a game stunner, in all aspects, but he won last year and let it go to his head. He might be a great player, but to me, the Heisman is more than that.

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