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It’s Winston over Lynch in HeismanPundit Straw Poll with one week to go

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With one week to go before voters must submit their final ballots, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is in the driver’s seat to win the 2013 Heisman Trophy.

The redshirt freshman captured 7 of 10 first-place votes to lead the penultimate HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll of the season released on Tuesday (Nov. 3).

His 24 total points was six ahead of second place Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, who picked up the other three first-place votes in the weekly survey of Heisman voter sentiment. Lynch climbed from fourth place in last week’s poll, when he tallied just seven points.

Both Winston and Lynch have games on Saturday, so there is still potential for movement in the race. With a legal investigation of Winston ongoing, many voters remain unsure about how their final ballots will look.

“This is the toughest vote I can recall,” said one voter. “I’m going to wait until the 11th hour (to make my decision).”

Despite the doubts, Winston actually improved his standing from last week’s poll, which he led while appearing on just six of 10 ballots for a total of 18 points. He appeared on nine of 10 ballots this time around. Lynch appeared on eight.

The biggest plunge in support since last week’s poll took place with Boston College running back Andre Williams, who dropped from second place last week (with 16 points, just two points behind Winston) to a tie for seventh this week with one point.

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. This year’s poll is made up of 10 anonymous Heisman voters from across the country. Each week during the season they will pick three players. Tabulations for the preseason poll are tabulated like a real Heisman ballot, with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

Each week’s poll is released on Tuesdays throughout the season at The final poll will come out next Monday, Dec. 9.

The Heisman Straw Poll, 12/3/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 24 (7)

2. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 18 (3)

3. (tie) AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 4

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State — 4

5. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 3

6. (tie) Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 2

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh — 2

7. (tie) Andre Williams, RB, Boston College — 1

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville — 1

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State — 1

Number of ballots

Winston — 9

Lynch — 8

McCarron — 4

Petty — 2

Miller — 2

The rest — 1 each

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19 Responses to “It’s Winston over Lynch in HeismanPundit Straw Poll with one week to go”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 3, 2013 6:52 PM

    I’m trying to think who was the last guy to win a Heisman from a non BCS conference….

    I think Lynch is a good player but the level of competition just isn’t there…

  2. jimmy53 says: Dec 3, 2013 6:55 PM

    That’s the way it should be—can you imagine if certain voters weren’t judging Winston’s guilt/innocence with ZERO proof, and just paid attention to what he did on the field.

    Just a reminder- Jordan Lynch: 5-17 vs. against a 1-11 team.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 3, 2013 7:03 PM

    So to answer my own question (I went and looked it up)…. you have to go back to 1990 when Ty Detmer won at BYU and at the time they were an independent…

    And he set the record that year for passing yards that year I think….

  4. youcantmakemepickausername says: Dec 3, 2013 7:09 PM


    I believe Detmer also had a win over at the time #1 Miami that year on his resume.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 3, 2013 7:17 PM

    youcantmakemepickausername says: Dec 3, 2013 7:09 PM


    I believe Detmer also had a win over at the time #1 Miami that year on his resume.

    Completely unrelated but my Aggies destroyed him in the Holiday Bowl that year…. It was like 65-10 I think…. dislocated both his shoulders.

  6. chinahand11 says: Dec 3, 2013 7:23 PM

    True, I saw both games. The Miami game was up in Provo, it was a great location, national TV, etc. I admit I didn’t watch all of the Holiday Bowl. They knocked the H out of Detmer until he had to leave with both shoulders unhooked. Whew.

  7. millsbill says: Dec 3, 2013 7:28 PM

    If this is the definitive Heisman predictive poll then all it takes is 2 people to switch on next weeks poll to Lynch and influence all the other voters. This is a lot closer then it looks. If Lynch becomes the first NCAA player with 2000 pass/2000 rush yards in a season this weekend will that be enough to sway the 2 votes?

  8. thefiesty1 says: Dec 3, 2013 7:32 PM

    Wow! Johnny Pigskin dropped like a rock.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 3, 2013 7:57 PM

    thefiesty1 says: Dec 3, 2013 7:32 PM

    Wow! Johnny Pigskin dropped like a rock.

    His last 2 games were 2 of his worst… Not a great way to end the season.

    Personally I think the thumb injury is hampering him more than Sumlin is letting on.

  10. notredamefaithful says: Dec 3, 2013 8:58 PM

    Winston is an incredible football player but I really think he should be left off of the ballot. A pending rape charge is a pretty huge deal. Timing is unfortunate for him but in my eyes you really can’t ignore it. If he’s found not guilty, and I think he will be, let him go get one next year.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 3, 2013 9:13 PM


    He hasn’t even been charged…. I think you have to give him the benefit of the doubt until he’s charged. At that point the game changes, but until then, its not fair to ask him to have that kind of season again…. look at Johnny Manziel…. there is so much more that goes into a Heisman campaign than just you’re own personal performance.

  12. vincentbojackson says: Dec 3, 2013 9:51 PM

    I guess notredamefaithful is in favor of punishing people first and actually proving wrongdoing later. Nice.

    Did anyone learn anything from the Duke lacrosse mess? Let me refresh your memory: Several players were labeled rapists and were vilified in the media. Later turned out the girl made the whole thing up. Anyone can make a wild allegation, that doesn’t mean you ruin someone’s life without a thorough investigation first.

    They can always strip him of the award if the allegations are eventually proven.

  13. realfootballfan says: Dec 3, 2013 10:25 PM


    That would be true, except HE HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING.

  14. mattyg89 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:40 PM


    Yes Lynch’s passing stats were abysmal that game but how good one anyone’s stats be in single digit temperatures in an outdoor small stadium with that kind of wind gusts? He also broke his own record in rushing stats by a QB. Winston is a great player but he also has other great players around him. 4 and 5 star recruits. Lynch has none of those. Also the heisman doesn’t go to the “best player in college football”. Also, how bad would the heisman fund look IF they selected Winston and he then gets convicted? Big if but it’s an important one.

  15. birdgang says: Dec 3, 2013 10:59 PM


    The Heisman doesn’t go to the “best player in college football”??? You lost me there.

    The Heisman Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.

    I say if no charges are brought up before the votes are due, Jameis Winston needs to win it hands down. Yes FSU has a great team but he is the clear leader of the team, he is also the most outstanding player in the country this year. It’s all unfortunate timing but you can’t punish the kid if no charges have been brought up. You give him the trophy, if no charges are brought up everything is fine. If charges are brought, I still don’t know if you can just take the trophy before he has his day in court. If he is found guilty then you can take the trophy away, until then it shouldn’t even be a consideration to punish him before we even know any facts.

  16. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 4, 2013 12:42 AM

    A Notre Dame fan wanting to use an alleged rape against Winston? Look up Notre Dame’s past in rape cases and you may change your tune.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 12:01 PM

    vincentbojackson says: Dec 3, 2013 9:51 PM

    They can always strip him of the award if the allegations are eventually proven.

    Could they though? I guess this case is a bit different, but they didn’t take away OJ’s Heisman… (and yes I know he was acquitted of murder but he did get convicted of a felony and is still in jail if I’m correct), the only reason they took away Reggie Bush’s Heisman is because he was actually ruled ineligible by the NCAA.

  18. oldforester says: Dec 4, 2013 1:01 PM

    Excellence & Integrity are the two qualifications according to the Heisman Trust website. There are a lot of excellent football players, but if integrity is supposed to also be an equally high qualifier Heisman voters have an opportunity to stand by the Heisman’s own qualifiers, or turn this into a farce.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 2:37 PM


    How would voters be standing up for integrity by passing judgement on a crime that he hasn’t even been charged with.

    Integrity is doing the right thing even though another choice might be easier.

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