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.