The Heisman Race Heading Into Week 3

After a tumultous week two, week three is shaping up to be a fairly quiet one in the Heisman world.

None of the top three candidates face particularly difficult opponents:  Michigan takes on UMass, Ohio State faces Ohio and Boise State is at Wyoming.  So I don’t expect the top three to change come Monday.

This weekend will better serve the Heisman candidates further down the food chain.  With the rest of the field so wide open, it’s a chance for some players to set themselves apart.

The player with the most to gain is Ryan Mallett of Arkansas, as his team travels to Athens to take on the Bulldogs.  A big game in a win against Georgia would most likely push him up into the top tier of candidates heading into the following week’s showdown against No. 1 Alabama.

Others who could start to build a little momentum as they move to conference play:  Jake Locker, Washington; Trent Richardson, Alabama; LaMichael James, Oregon;  John Clay, Wisconsin.

And if we are talking about some true dark horses further out on the Heisman horizon, keep an eye on Adam Robinson of Iowa and Nick Foles of Arizona, as both these players and their teams square off in the best matchup of the day.

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10 Responses to The Heisman Race Heading Into Week 3

  1. I Should Not Be Allowed to Watch College Football September 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    HP just swore up and down that Jake Locker’s hopes of a Heisman had been busted by the MWC. Now he’s back in the mix without playing a down of football?


    • Heismanpundit September 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

      Of course he’s back in the mix. Not to win, but he can get some votes and play a part in the process.

      I know you are a newbie to this blog, but if you’ve been around long enough, my only focus isn’t just on the winner, but on the entire race. Just because Jake Locker won’t win doesn’t mean he can’t improve his standing substantially in the race with a win over Nebraska.

  2. I Should Not Be Allowed to Watch College Football September 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    Jake Locker and Nick Foles are “dark horses,” but they don’t have a chance to win.


  3. anonymous September 18, 2010 at 4:55 am #

    Whats to deal with the consistent overlook of Boise State. Kellen Moore is the smartest QB on the college field this year! Its all about the BCS…

    • Heismanpundit September 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

      Boise is mentioned in this post, along with Michigan and Ohio STate.

  4. I Should Not Be Allowed to Watch College Football September 18, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    If Jake Locker doesn’t have a chance why is he listed as someone who can build momentum along side Ryan Mallett, Trent Richardson, LaStrangle James, and John Clay?

    With the exception of Locker, these are all top 10 candidates who HP claims “have the best chance of actually winning.”

  5. Zombie Horn September 18, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Can we officially bury Locker’s Heisman chances now? No doubt he’s talented but unfortunately the rest of his team is not.

  6. Anonymous September 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    Don’t think Mallett is moving down the list. Let’s see after next Saturdays game against Alabamer in Fayetteville-nam!

  7. Wishes He Were HP September 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    I was wrong. Boise State isn’t a top 10 team. Michigan is a joke, and I would like to apologize to SEC fans for not treating their conference with the respect it deserves. They’re head and shoulders above the rest of college football and it shows. McElroy has a shot at the Heisman if he keeps it up. SEC SEC SEC SEC

  8. Bucknut September 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Typical bandwagoner SEC fans. Can I ask a question, do you SEC fans actually pick a team in the conference or when you team does crappy hide behind your conference?