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Mariota takes over lead in HeismanPundit Straw Poll


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 HeismanPundit.com 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 HeismanPundit.com.

The HeismanPundit.com 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

Rutgers WR Carroo expected to have assault charges dropped

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Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.

So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.

Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.

Gamecocks still hope to host LSU Sat., but alternatives being evaluated

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The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.

The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.

Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.