Moore Will Be Second

I believe that by virtue of his performance in a dramatic loss to Nevada, Kellen Moore has pretty much locked up second place in the Heisman.  That bomb he completed with one second left showed that the guy has a lot of magic in him.  It was such an amazing play that my early call for Newton might’ve been in jeopardy for a brief moment.  But it was not to be.

LaMichael James had another solid game for Oregon, but he was again held to under five yards per carry and it’s clear that the Oregon attack is having some issues that are affecting his production.  I think he is going to finish a hair behind Moore in third, although a monster game against Oregon State still might propel him into the runner up spot.

But as it stands now, I believe the largest chunk of ballots will read:

1. Newton

2. Moore

3. James

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10 Responses to Moore Will Be Second

  1. AUman76 November 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    great pass? more like dumb coaching on defense. Has Nevada coaches ever heard of a prevent defense. Put two guys on the goal with 9 seconds and keep the guy in front of you then even if he catches it time runs out. Eevn better knock the ball down. Also tackle the receiver it’s only a 15 yard penalty outside the endzone. With one or two seconds surely you can stop a hail mary. Just poor coaching to even allow such a throw and catch. As much as I loved seeing Flutie beat Thug U way back when that hail mary was also luck.
    I know one thing if Moore can’t handle the licks nevada put on him he sure as hell don’t wanna play in a real conference where DL eat QB’s. Say what you will but he looked timid at times after being hit. Now if that team you thought was so balanced and great on D had to play in the SEC,Big12 or Big 11 they would be bottom feeders. The D looked gased when nevada got it goin in the 2nd half. Seems to me the Auburn O and D kicked it into another gear and did what Champs do…will their way to victory.

  2. Socraticsilence November 28, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    AU- let it go- Newton’s bomb against Bama was a similarily lucky play- he chucked what should have been a pick and the Bama Safety didn’t make a play on the ball at all.

  3. wbond November 28, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    It’s too bad, since the Cardinal has had (one half of one game of football aside) a more dominating season than Auburn, Luck has been nearly-perfect, and for what it’s worth he’s simply a better quarterback and footbal player than Newton. As for the last statement, that is, at least, what all the NFL scouts think – they play football in that league, don’t they?

    This is all before you throw in the stolen laptop, academic cheating, dozen traffic tickets in a year, and the FBI investigation, etc.

  4. Alex November 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    The FBI investigation has nothing to do with anything Cam has done. They’re looking into what his father and Kenny Rogers allegedly did.

    And seriously, what good teams has Stanford played this year outside of Oregon? Sacramento St, Wake, and Notre Dame out of conference and no other road conference games against a team with a winning record.

  5. JMB November 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm #


  6. philnotfil November 29, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Quarterback Rating:
    Cam Newton- 185.6, #2 in the country
    Andrew Luck- 166.1, #7 in the country

    Andrew luck isn’t bad, but it seems difficult to objectively state that he is a better QB than Cam Newton.

  7. Hoops M November 29, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    I would vote for Luck, but LaMichael James has been incredible. He’s been playing banged up the past several weeks, and still grinding out TDs and 100 yard games.

  8. Hoops M November 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    “And seriously, what good teams has Stanford played this year outside of Oregon?”

    How about Arizona and USC? Luck shredded them. He wasn’t bad against Oregon, either, leading Stanford to four straight TDs to start the game.

    “Quarterback Rating:
    Cam Newton- 185.6, #2 in the country
    Andrew Luck- 166.1, #7 in the country”

    The QB rating formula could use some work.

  9. Sean November 30, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Wbond- again how exactly does the NFL matter- seriously if NFL voters matter you’d essentially exclude all non-Pro Style QBs from the running which would be stupid given that the best college QBs of the last 2 decades have been almost exclusively dual threat guys: Tebow, Young, Frazier, McCoy, Wuerffel, Leinart, Manning, Bradford, Ward would be my top 9 (the 10th would be either Crouch or Weinke) of that list only 3 (Wuerffel, Leinart and Manning) could be seen as a Pro Style offense guys and only 4 could be seen as dropback passers. Seriously, you’re essentially arguing that despite what happens on the field- Matt Leinart was a better QB than Vince Young, Bradford than Tim Tebow, Manning than Frazier, etc.

  10. Sean November 30, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Hoops- You do realize that even with the NFLs QB formula Newton and Luck would be very, very close and that Newton may be ahead right? And that limiting the argument to QB rating is incredibly biased given that Newton’s truly exceptional trait is his running ability- it’d be like me taking their respective rushing stats and arguing that because Newton has more than 3 times Luck’s rushing yards- he’s 3x the QB Luck is and that even considering Luck as a runner up is ludicrous.