This is the weekend we have been waiting for (until the November 3rd bonanza). Conference games are in full swing, top 25 teams are facing each other all around the country and the top 10 is about to get really shaken up.
Unfortunately the Heisman race has already been wrapped up, right? Wrong.
Geno Smith is the number one Heisman candidate with a bullet and rightfully so after one month of the season. This week he can continue to further the gap between his competition with a strong performance against a highly ranked Texas team. That doesn’t mean there isn’t time for a few other guys to make a legitimate Heisman push.
Take a look at Braxton Miller, he’s facing his second ranked opponent in as many weeks (as is Smith) and has nearly willed his way to a 5-0 start to the season. Ohio State shouldn’t be undefeated, not without Miller at least. I know Cal agrees with me. At some point the voters are going to realize that Miller might be the MVP of college football and that will translate to Heisman votes.
Further on down the list EJ Manuel and Florida State are also undefeated with a real chance to stay that way for the rest of the season. North Carolina State may not be the best competition but being a conference game on the road, Manuel should be able to stay on the field for most of the game and put up some better stats. He’ll most likely be able to shake of the stink of last week’s ugly win over South Florida.
Aaron Murray faces the toughest test of the week as he and the Georgia Bulldogs head to South Carolina to face the number six Gamecocks. Heisman aspirations are going to be on the back burner for Murray in this game because he knows that a win here all but wraps up the Eastern division of the SEC. A win in Columbia and Murray can book a ticket to Atlanta in December. Nothing like a win over top 10 competition to inject life into a Heisman campaign.
Alabama is off this week so I won’t have to hear much A.J. McCarron for Heisman talk, but after the Florida upset of LSU I might have to listen to some insufferable Mike Gillislee for Heisman talk.
Games to Watch
Where do I even start? There are literally 15 must watch games this weekend so I’m going to break it down for you by must-watchedness.
1. The don’t even get up to go to the bathroom games:
Georgia at South Carolina
West Virginia at Texas
LSU at Florida
2. The OK you can go to the bathroom but don’t block the TV when you walk past games:
Nebraska at Ohio State
Washington at Oregon
Miami at Notre Dame (at Soldier Field)
3. The would be best games of the week for last Saturday if it weren’t for WVU-Baylor:
Northwestern at Penn State
Arizona at Stanford
Georgia Tech at Clemson
Boise State at Southern Mississippi
4. The just damn exciting games:
Florida State at NC State
Kansas at Kansas State
Virginia Tech at UNC
5. The I’m kind of stretching out this bit a little too far games:
Iowa State at TCU
Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at Missouri
UCLA at California