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Who Should Win the Heisman in 2014?
September 27, 2014
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                                         2014 Heisman Odds (as of September 22, 2014)

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Heisman Trophy Betting Odds Update: Winston's off field history has severely damaged his chances

 
 

 

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After Week 5 from Heisman Pundit at heismanpundit.com

The HP Heisman Watch, week 5

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Here is the week 5 edition of the 2014 HP Heisman Watch. After taking into account the games played so far, these are the players who have the best chance of actually winning the Heisman. This is not a prediction of the final order of the race, nor is it an endorsement of who would or should win if the vote were held today. It’s a long view of the race that takes into account schedule and statistical trends.

1. Marcus Mariota, JR, QB, Oregon

Oregon had the week off, but Mariota’s numbers remain pristine. He leads the nation in passing efficiency (217.9) and completion percentage (74%) and is second in yards per attempt (11.8). He is one of six quarterbacks with over 90 throws not to have an interception. He has the spotlight to himself on Thursday when the Ducks will try to exact revenge for last year’s loss to Arizona, so it’s a good opportunity to bolster his status as the front runner in this race.

Season Stats: 71 of 96, 1,135 yards, 74.0%, 13 TDs, 0 INTs, 217.9 rating, 33 carries, 214 yards, 3 TDs

Season Pace: 3,689 passing yards, 42 TDs, 696 rushing yards, 10 TDs.

2. Todd Gurley, JR, RB, Georgia

Gurley had a career day in Georgia’s thrilling 35-32 win over Tennessee, rushing for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. He is now sixth nationally in rushing yards per game and is averaging nearly nine yards per carry. More importantly, he is very close to getting on pace for the magical 2,000-yard mark. It may take a Bulldog appearance in the SEC title game for him to get there, which means Gurley has to lead his team to the SEC East title. Otherwise, he may be sitting at home on the last weekend of college football. It will be hard to win the Heisman if that happens, but he appears to be on pace to get to New York as a finalist no matter what.

Season Stats: 69 carries, 610 yards, 8.8 YPC, 6 TDs, 9 receptions, 29 yards, 100 yard kickoff return for a TD.

Season Pace: 1,830 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns.

3. Everett Golson, SO, QB, Notre Dame

Golson had another fine outing this past weekend, this time in a victory over Syracuse. Golson completed 32 of 39 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns (with two picks). At one point, he completed an FBS-record-tying 25-straight passes. The Irish take a step up on in class this weekend when they take on Stanford, which boasts one of the country’s top defenses. If Golson performs well and leads Notre Dame over the Cardinal, he will establish himself as the leading quarterback rival to Mariota in this race.

Season Stats: 94 of 135, 1,142 yards, 69.6%, 11 TDs, 2 INTs, 164.6 rating, 104 rush yards, 4 TDs.

Season Pace: 3,426 passing yards, 33 TDs, 312 rushing yards, 12 TDs.

4. Ameer Abdullah, SR, RB, Nebraska

I said last week that voters love 200-yard rushing games and Abdullah came back with yet another, his third of the season and second in as many weeks, as the Cornhuskers ripped Illinois. Abdullah had 208 yards and three touchdowns on just 22 carries. He is now second nationally in rushing yards per game and is on pace to reach the 2,000-yard mark — and that doesn’t even count a potential extra outing in the Big Ten title game. As he continues his march toward the all-time Nebraska rushing record, he’ll start to reap the benefits of being mentioned alongside the school’s all-time greats, which will give him an extra edge over other backs in the race.

Season Stats: 114 carries, 833 yards, 7.31 YPC, 8 TDs, 5 receptions, 108 yards, 2 TD.

Season Pace: 1,999 yards, 19 TDs, 12 catches, 259 yards, 5 TDs.

5. Melvin Gordon, JR, RB, Wisconsin

Gordon is starting to get on a bit of a tear. He rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns against South Florida and now has 434 yards and seven scores in the last two weeks. No other back on this list can pile up chunks of yardage the way Gordon can. Like Gurley, he’s approaching the 2,000-yard pace and there’s a good chance he’ll get there even if the Badgers don’t make it to the Big Ten title game. The schedule from her on out is certainly favorable, though only a late-season showdown with Nebraska promises to be high-profile enough for voters to want to zero in. Given the schedule and the strength of the field arrayed against him, Gordon’s best chance of winning the Heisman will probably require him to average around 180 yards and 2.5 touchdowns the rest of the way, which would give him roughly 2,200 yards and 31 scores for the season. I think he can do it.

Season Stats: 78 carries, 612 yards, 7.85 YPC, 8 TD, 5 receptions, 27 yards, 1 TD.

Season Pace: 1,836 yards, 24 TDs, 15 catches, 84 yards, 2 TDs.

6. Kenny Hill, SO, QB, Texas A&M

Hill had his most difficult outing of the season in A&M’s overtime win over Arkansas, completing just 51.2 percent of his throws. However, he did toss four touchdowns to bring his season total to 17, which puts him at second nationally. He’s on pace for a stellar season, but three-straight top 12 opponents are coming up, which could make-or-break his Heisman candidacy. If he leads the Aggies through that gauntlet, he’ll probably be on his way to New York.

Season Stats: 118 of 180, 1,745 yards, 65.6%, 17 TDs, 2 INTs, 175.9 rating, 136 rush yards.

Season Pace: 4,188 passing yards, 41 TD passes, 326 rushing yards.

7. Bryce Petty, SR, QB, Baylor

Petty threw for 336 yards and one touchdown and rushed for two more as Baylor crushed Iowa State, 49-28, this past Saturday. The Bears quarterback is starting to put up the yardage needed to challenge for the Heisman, but his touchdown production is lagging behind a bit. Since the Big 12 does not feature a championship game, Petty has just eight more games to make his case. He’ll probably need to average around 375 yards of  total offense and four total touchdowns per game the rest of the way to have a shot against this very strong field — which is totally doable in Baylor’s offense — though voters might not care as much about the details of his production if he leads the Bears to an undefeated season (including an impressive win over Oklahoma).

Season Stats: 66 of 101, 913 yards, 65.3%, 7 TDs, 1 INTs, 162.18 rating, 13 carries, 79 yards, 3 TD.

Season Pace: 3,347 passing yards, 26 TDs, 289 rushing yards, 11 TDs.

8. Dak Prescott, JR, QB, Mississippi State

Prescott and the Bulldogs are coming off a bye after defeating LSU in Baton Rouge. If Prescott leads MSU over the Aggies this Saturday and then past Auburn the following Saturday, he could move into this list’s top four.  Defeating ranked teams on three consecutive weekends might give him enough momentum to survive a loss later in the season and propel him to the Heisman, so long as he keeps up his statistical pace.

Season Stats: 58 of 96, 964 yards, 60.4%, 11 TDs, 2 INT, 178.4 rating, 62 carries, 378 yards, 3 TD.

Season Pace: 2,892 passing yards, 33 TDs, 1,134 rushing yards, 9 TDs.

9. Taysom Hill, JR, QB, BYU

Hill and BYU had off this past weekend and will face Utah State on Friday night. Hill remains on pace for an excellent season and, if BYU finishes 12-0 with no playoff berth available to it, some voters might send him to New York as a nice consolation prize.

Season Stats: 80 of 121, 876 yards, 66.1%, 6 TDs, 3 INT, 138.3 rating, 79 carries, 428 rush yards, 7 TDs.

Season Pace: 2,628 passing yards, 18 TDs, 1,284 rushing yards, 21 TDs.

If the vote was held today

1. Marcus Mariota*

2. Todd Gurley*

3. Ameer Abdullah*

4. Amari Cooper*

5. Dak Prescott*

6. Kenny Hill

7. Everett Golson

8. Melvin Gordon

9. Bryce Petty

10. Brett Hundley

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October 6, 2014
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DAK PRESCOTT, BABY!

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Mississippi State beats Texas A&M 48-31 as Dak Prescott becomes Heisman contender

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10-14-2014   Dak Prescott takes the lead after week 6!  See heismanpundit.com

Dak Prescott the new leader in HeismanPundit straw poll

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Mississippi State became college football’s new No. 1 this week thanks to three-straight wins over top 10 teams.

Now, Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott is the Heisman race’s new No. 1 after taking over the lead in HeismanPundit’s latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Oct. 14).

Prescott captured seven out of 10 first-place votes from the weekly survey of Heisman voters from around the country, tallying 25 total points while appearing on nine ballots. Prescott moved to the top spot after finishing second to Georgia running back Todd Gurley last week. The junior has a combined 22 touchdowns running and passing after six games.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota moved back up into second place, close behind Prescott with 21 points and three first-place votes. He has a sterling 17-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio and leads the nation in passing efficiency.

Voters seem settled on the top two candidates in this race at this point, but the rest of the field appears to be in flux.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon took third place in the poll with just four points, while Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper tied for fourth with two points each.

Six other players appeared on ballots and tied for sixth place with one point to their credit, including last week’s poll leader Gurley, who is currently suspended while being investigated for improper dealings with a sports memorabilia dealer.

Washington linebacker/running back Shaq Thompson is one of the those tied for sixth and the first defensive player to appear in this year’s poll.

Now in its ninth season, HeismanPundit.com’s 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 HeismanPundit.com. .

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10/14/2014

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Dak Prescott, QB, Miss. State — 25 (7)

2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 21 (3)

3. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin — 4

4. (tie) Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 2

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama — 2

6. (tie) Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss — 1

Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame — 1

Buck Allen, RB, USC — 1

Lavon Thompson, RB, Indiana — 1

Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington — 1

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 1

Number of ballots

Prescott, Mariota — 9

Gordon — 3

Petty  — 2

All others — 1

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FSU 31-- Notre Dame 27

Great game.

ND QB had an outstanding game and should get serious consideration for the Heisman. Winston had a fine game. also, but will not sniff the Heisman trophy.

http://www.ndinsider.com/footb.....f6878.html

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ESPN Heisman Watch as of October 19: Dak on top, Mariota second

Last ESPN Experts' Poll

Oct. 14, 2014
Name Position School Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
Dak Prescott QB Miss. State Jr. 8 2 0 0 0 48
Marcus Mariota QB Oregon Jr. 2 1 7 0 0 35
Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin Jr. 0 4 2 2 1 27
Everett Golson QB Notre Dame Sr. 0 1 0 3 3 13
Todd Gurley RB Georgia Jr. 0 2 0 0 1 9
Bryce Petty QB Baylor Sr. 0 0 1 2 1 8
Bo Wallace QB Ole Miss Sr. 0 0 0 2 0 4
Amari Cooper WR Alabama Jr. 0 0 0 1 1 3
Ameer Abdullah RB Nebraska Sr. 0 0 0 0 1 1
Buck Allen RB USC Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 1
Tevin Coleman RB Indiana Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 1
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According to Ken Bradley , five who will not win the 2014 Heisman Trophy: http://www.sportingnews.com/nc.....ty/slide/5

J. Winston, Petty, Hundley....

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ESPN Experts' Poll

Oct. 21, 2014
Name Position School Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
Dak Prescott QB Miss. State Jr. 7 3 0 0 0 47
Marcus Mariota QB Oregon Jr. 3 6 1 0 0 42
Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin Jr. 0 1 5 3 0 25
Amari Cooper WR Alabama Jr. 0 0 0 4 1 9
Jameis Winston QB Florida State So. 0 0 2 1 1 9
Everett Golson QB Notre Dame Sr. 0 0 1 1 3 8
Kevin White WR West Virginia Sr. 0 0 1 0 2 5
Ameer Abdullah RB Nebraska Sr. 0 0 0 1 1 3
Buck Allen RB USC Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 1
Todd Gurley RB Georgia Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 1

ESPN experts: Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Brian Bennett, Rece Davis, Travis Haney, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Ted Miller, Mark Schlabach and Jake Trotter.

Tracking the Candidates

Oct. 21, 2014
Mississippi State was off in Week 8. The top-ranked Bulldogs are back in action Oct. 25 against Kentucky.

WEEK 7 VS. AUBURN
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% QBR
246 1 2 52.9 83.8
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
121 2 5.8
2014 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% QBR
1478 14 4 61.5 85.2
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
576 8 5.4
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QB | Oregon
Next Game: 10/24 at CAL
Mariota helped Oregon extend its win streak over Washington to 11 games, as he guided the Ducks to a comfortable 45-20 win. He completed 24 of 33 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception this season.

WEEK 8 VS. WASHINGTON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% QBR
336 2 0 72.7 83.7
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
-1 0 -0.1
2014 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% QBR
1957 19 0 70.2 89.2
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
289 5 5.2
Wisconsin was off in Week 8. The Badgers are back in action Oct. 25 against Maryland.

WEEK 7 VS. ILLINOIS
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
175 4 6.5
 
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
1 0 0.0 0
2014 SEASON
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
1046 13 7.9
 
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
6 27 4.5 1
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WR | Alabama
Next Game: 10/25 at TENN
Cooper caught eight passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's 59-0 blowout win over Texas A&M.

WEEK 8 VS. TEXAS A&M
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
8 140 17.5 2
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
0 0 0.0
2014 SEASON
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
62 908 14.6 7
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
23 0 7.7
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October 28 ESPN Experts Poll:

Updated: October 27, 2014, 11:33 AM ET
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ESPN Experts' Poll

Oct. 28, 2014
Name Position School Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
Dak Prescott QB Miss. State Jr. 5 5 0 0 0 45
Marcus Mariota QB Oregon Jr. 5 4 1 0 0 44
Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin Jr. 0 1 2 4 0 18
Amari Cooper WR Alabama Jr. 0 0 3 2 0 13
Ameer Abdullah RB Nebraska Sr. 0 0 1 2 4 11
Trevone Boykin QB TCU Jr. 0 0 2 0 3 9
Jameis Winston QB Florida State So. 0 0 1 1 1 6
Everett Golson QB Notre Dame Sr. 0 0 0 1 0 2
Todd Gurley RB Georgia Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 1
Duke Johnson RB Miami (FL) Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 1

ESPN experts: Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Brian Bennett, Rece Davis, Travis Haney, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Ted Miller, Mark Schlabach and Jake Trotter

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Marcus Mariota emerges as Heisman favorite during Oregon’s 45-16 win over Stanford

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This was the game everyone was waiting for from the No. 5 Oregon Ducks and their quarterback, Marcus Mariota.

For both the team and its quarterback to take the next step, they had to prove they could beat the Stanford Cardinal after falling to them during the past two seasons. The Ducks may not have been undefeated this season, but they certainly proved they’re worthy of being named one of the nation’s top teams with a 45-16 victory over the one team they couldn’t previously get past.

While Mariota was already considered one of the top candidates to win this year’s Heisman Trophy, the junior signal-caller may have moved his way to the forefront of the conversation with his performance Saturday.

 

Mariota was 19-of-30 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns. He also had his largest rushing output of the season with 85 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Oregon’s quarterback is now completing 68.2 percent of his passes for 2,541 yards, 26 touchdowns and only two interceptions this season. Plus, Mariota ran for 410 more yards and seven touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Mariota’s top competition, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, hasn’t kept pace despite leading the nation’s No. 1 team. Prescott is completing 61.1 percent of his passes for 2,025 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The biggest advantage for the Bulldogs’ signal-caller is his 725 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. But a two-interception performance in a shaky effort against the 4-5 Arkansas Razorbacks certainly doesn’t help Prescott’s cause.

While the Stanford victory was a major milestone for Mariota, the quarterback wasn’t the only reason Oregon was able to finally overcome the Cardinal.

The Ducks were able to run the ball effectively for the first time in three seasons. Freshman running back Royce Freeman ran for more yards in this year’s game than the entire Ducks team did last season. Freeman finished the contest with 98 yards on 19 carries.

Oregon’s defense also didn’t allow Stanford to control the game with its running attack. The Cardinal ran for 132 yards and only averaged 3.4 yards per carry.

This victory now becomes a major building block for Oregon as its pursues an appearance in the first College Football Playoff. With Ole Miss’ loss to the Auburn Tigers, Oregon should claim the fourth and final spot from the playoff committee this week. The Ducks will then control their destiny during the rest of the season.

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Zac Ellis of SI says Heisman Trophy race is down to three: Marcus Mariota, Mel Gordon, and Amari Cooper

http://www.si.com/college-foot.....ari-cooper

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