Here’s a preview and rundown of the Heisman landscape this coming weekend:
Heisman Game of the Week: FSU vs. Oklahoma
This is a chance for Landry Jones to make a bold, early move in the Heisman race. Last year, Jones made mincemeat of the FSU secondary, going 30 of 40 for 380 yards and four touchdowns. Now, the Sooners are the No. 1 team and FSU is in the top five, so the eyes of the country will be on Tallahassee. If Jones plays well in an Oklahoma win, I think it will cement his status in the top three of the race as we move forward. If FSU pulls off the win, it will be harder (though not impossible) for Jones to justify serious consideration.
Under the Spotlight
Boise State’s Kellen Moore will be watched by drunken fools at bars all over the country tonight as the Broncos take on Toledo in a Friday night showdown. With no other game to distract attention away (yeah, I know UConn and Iowa State are playing), it’s a chance for Moore to, once again, show his stuff to the nation.
A Chance to Pad the Stats
Attention coaches: The key is not to pull your Heisman candidate too early before he puts up those big numbers. Baylor hosts Stephen F. Austin, which should mean more good stuff from Robert Griffin III. Also, North Texas visits Alabama, giving Trent Richardson an opportunity to put some life into his wilting campaign. Eastern Michigan travels to Michigan, giving Denard Robinson a chance to fire up the stat sheet and, finally, Navy visits South Carolina, which means Marcus Lattimore could have a huge day.
Back on Familiar Ground
Heisman front runner Andrew Luck and his Stanford team begin conference play, traveling to Arizona in what should be a bit of a test. The Wildcat secondary is pretty good, so keep an eye on this one. Washington plays Nebraska for the third time in the past year, giving Taylor Martinez a chance at redemption after his woeful bowl performance against the Huskies.
Best Chance To Get a Campaign Started
If Tennessee’s Tyler Bray is as good against Florida this week as he has been in the first two weeks of the season, it will make him an instant Heisman contender. Every season has a surprise candidate and, this year, it might be Bray, who leads the SEC in passing.
Best Chance To Get a Campaign Started II
Michael Dyer and Auburn go up against Clemson. While the defending champ Tigers aren’t quite the team they were last year, their charmed existence is quite intriguing to observe. Dyer has been a big part of it and if he can lead Auburn to another win here, he’ll start to get some Heisman mention. Let’s not forget that he was just as big a recruit as Marcus Lattimore coming out of high school, so his success should come as no surprise.
Dark Horses Out on the Horizon
Ray Graham, Pittsburgh … David Wilson, Va. Tech … Brock Osweiler, ASU.
Where it will all end up:
–I think Oklahoma beats FSU thanks to a fine performance from Jones.
–Bray lights it up against Florida
–The rest of the candidates perform as expected, giving us a field that looks something like this next week:
Enjoy the games!