Time for a look at the 2011 Heisman race after nine weeks of football.
Below is my personal list of the players who currently stand the best chance of actually winning the Heisman, based on season-long projections (rather than the current prevailing wind).
From how I see things at this point in the season, there are only TWO players who stand a legitimate chance of winning the 2011 Heisman Trophy. I truly believe it is a two-man race.
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – Luck brought Stanford back to beat USC in a dramatic overtime showdown at the Coliseum. Beating a traditional power like USC in such a manner is always beneficial to a Heisman campaign. At this point in the season, Luck would have to really screw up to lose the Heisman. A few major tests remain: Oregon on Nov. 12, Notre Dame to close the regular season on Nov. 26 and, potentially, the Pac-12 title game matchup on Dec. 3. Luck is the overwhelming favorite, but I’m not ready to call the race until we see what happens with the Alabama vs. LSU game.
Last Week against USC: 29 of 40, 330 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 9 carries, 36 yards, 1 TD
Next Opponent: Oregon State
Season: 174 of 242, 2,218 yards, 71.9%, 23 TDs, 4 Ints., 176.94 rating
2. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – Richardson had off last week in preparation for the mega-matchup with LSU this Saturday. Can Richardson catch Luck? I think he can IF he has a monster game against the Tigers in a Tide win. What would constitute a monster game? I don’t think he can have a run-of-the-mill 100-yard game. I think it needs to be a dominant performance where he is seen as the reason for the Alabama win. Of course, if LSU wins, I think we can pretty much hand the Heisman to Luck.
Last Week: Off
Next Opponent: LSU
Season: 149 carries, 989 yards, 6.64 ypc, 17 TDs, 18 receptions, 212 yards, 1 TD
If the vote were held today
1. Andrew Luck
2. Trent Richardson
3. Kellen Moore
4. Case Keenum
5. Landry Jones
6. Robert Griffin III
7. Russell Wilson
8. Brandon Weeden
9. Sammy Watkins
10. Denard Robinson