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.