Heisman Weekend Preview

There are five games on tap that could have an impact on the Heisman race this weekend, with two games in particular being showcase games:

— Oklahoma State travels to pesky Iowa State to take on the Cyclones on Friday night. It’s a chance for the country to really zero in on Brandon Weeden. How will he perform in his first game since inserting himself squarely into the Heisman race? I think he has to dominate here in front of a national audience to show voters that he has the right stuff. If he does so, the race could look a bit different next week.

— Case Keenum and Houston get their closeup when they host SMU. ESPN’s GameDay will be on hand, which means we’ll get a some good features on the record-breaking Cougar signal caller. Beating SMU in spectacular fashion will be the best thing Keenum can do here…while hoping that Weeden looks lackluster against Iowa State.

— Stanford hosts California as Andrew Luck tries to rebound from last week’s loss to Oregon. It’s important for Luck to have a highly-productive game against the Bears so he can push his numbers up going into next week’s game against Notre Dame. At this point, Luck just has to play like the quarterback everyone expects him to be and hope for the best.

— Alabama gets a tune up against Georgia Southern. It is likely that Trent Richardson will be out of this game by the third quarter, so he needs to take advantage of his chances when he gets them. He’ll definitely need to pick up the pace if he wants to have the numbers to challenge for the Heisman.

— Oregon hosts USC in what could be an interesting game for LaMichael James‘ faint Heisman hopes. Whether James makes a late run or not, he could end up sapping Luck’s strength in the West region by putting up some big numbers toward the end. So, this game could definitely play a factor in the final Heisman outcome.

How will it all shake out? If I had to guess, each player is going to come through as expected and the status quo in the race will reign for another week.

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11 Responses to Heisman Weekend Preview

  1. Cowboy_KS November 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Weeden will have cold gusty air in Iowa tonight (<40F, 15-20 mph gusts). Kick-off is 7PM CT, 5PM ET on ESPN. Look for very tight spirals (re-purposed slider grip?) 3-5 TD's and ~400 yards split between 5-8 receivers.
    Luck will ride on Stanford's run game, then lob alley oops into the endzone for amazing an amazing QB rating against another PAC12 mid tier.
    Keenum will do well against SMU, but they may not win. SMU's Zack Line has more yards than Trent Richardson. Houston may have their hands full on D, but offense should roll against SMU's D.
    LMJ – this could be his break-out game to at least snag the one RB ticket to NYC.

    Right now it's Weeden, Luck, Keenum and Richardson road tripping to NYC. Might be a different story late tonight. Hope the East and West Coasters enjoy watching the Cowboys this evening.

    • Brian November 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

      Really expecting for Keenum to have a big night, while it may very well be a touch game, Zach Line is out for the season for SMU.

  2. AUman76 November 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Well, well lil fellas you can check off another name that won’t be on the Heisman.
    Okie St lost to Iowa St.? Man is that big12-3 tough or what? And to think some people
    actually still believe teams like that and Oregon can beat LSU or bammer. LMAO SEC
    is about to win it’s sixth BCS Crystal Ball in a row!!!!! Hey…. if y’all don’t like it…beat us!

  3. CM November 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    I guess with the old boy stinking it up tonight with 3 INTs and losing, Keenum will be the beneficiary of the media slobber…but really, this thing is Trent Richardson vs Andrew Luck…with momentum to Richardson now.

  4. CM November 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    I see Heismen Pundit is already pushing for Oregon…out of the weak ass pac 12…to jump Bama in the BCS…and has now gone back to its Andrew Luck worship LOL.

    First off…a 1 loss Bama is > than a 1 loss Oregon. LSU wiped the floor with Oregon…was up by 3 TDs and gave up a garbage TD at the end with just seconds remaining. Gee…let’s see…which team deserves a rematch…the one blown out or the one that took LSU to OT? Give me a break. Plus, the BCS computers hate the Pac 12 (with good reason). I know you’ll cry if it’s an all SEC NC game…because then the conf would be guaranteed 6 in a row…but just go with it. It’s the only way there will be a competitive NC game. I guarantee you I know who LSU does NOT want to play.

    • mb November 19, 2011 at 7:09 am #

      Last I checked, Oregon outgained LSU in that game and lost due to 4 turnovers.

    • GT Class of 1976 November 19, 2011 at 7:47 am #

      LSU has tough games left against Arkansas and a HOT Georgia team in the SEC Championship.

      There is no guarantee LSU will even make it to the ttile game. This thing is wide OPEN.

  5. CM November 20, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Ouch…HeismanPundit now has to quickly jump off the Oregon bandwagon. Let’s see…Bama beats auburn and they’re in the NC game…crystal clear…much to the dismay of the haters. And let’s see…Weeden is out of the Heisman running…Luck wasn’t exactly spectacular yesterday…just who can Heisman Pundit start hyping over Trent Richardson now? Oh I know…RG III is back from the dead!!!! Seriously, TR had 175 yards, 3 TDs, and broke the Bama single season TD record yesterday…with one huge stage left to play on in the Iron Bowl next Sat. A big game there and I think he wins it. But RG III played an awesome game yesterday…he deserves to be a Heisman finalist in NYC.

    1. Trent Richardson
    2. Andrew Luck
    3. RG III

    If Timmy Chang never got a Heisman invite, then I don’t think Case Keenum should either. Same situation. Nice, gaudy stats…against nobodys.

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