Heisman Weekend Preview

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AJ McCarron is excited about this weekend’s games. Are you?

The race has narrowed down to just a few challengers. Here’s what to look for from them this weekend:

North Carolina at Florida State, 3:30 p.m. ET

The Wolfpack have been giving FSU trouble of late, winning two of the past three, including a 17-16 upset last season. Could this be the game where Jameis Winston finally hits the freshman wall?  Or will he keep it churning at his usual stellar rate? Winston has the time slot mostly to himself and I’m sure some people will tune in just to see how he does. I’ll be one of them.

Tennessee at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. ET

If AJ McCarron is going to make a late run at the Heisman, it has to begin with this game. The Vols are no longer a pushover and will play the Tide hard, so McCarron has to be on top of things. With Winston playing in the same time slot, he may not get much attention for this one.

Baylor at Kansas, 7 p.m. ET

This should be another blowout for the Bears against a hapless opponent. The only question will be how long Bryce Petty gets to play against the Jayhawks, but he should have another 300-yard passing day by the end of the third quarter.

UCLA at Oregon, 7 p.m ET

This is the Heisman game of the day. While Brett Hundley’s hopes for the trophy have gone kaput, he can still ruin things for Marcus Mariota. If the Ducks quarterback has another big game and his team rolls, look for him to strengthen his lead in the Heisman race over Winston. If he struggles, however, Winston might overtake him.

Stanford at Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. ET

How good is Sean Mannion? We are about to find out as he faces his toughest challenge yet by going up against the Stanford defense. If Mannion’s numbers are as good against the Cardinal as they have been against everyone else and he leads the Beavers to the upset, then his status in the race will go from long shot to serious contender.

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