Mariota maintains lead in HeismanPundit Straw Poll


A solid performance in a win over No. 12 UCLA helped Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota maintain his lead in the latest edition of the HeismanPundit Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Oct. 29).

Mariota’s five first-place votes and 22 total points duplicated his score from the previous week, while second-place Jameis Winston of Florida State saw one of his first-place votes shift to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Winston totaled 19 points and three first-place votes while Manziel had 13 points and two first-place votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters.

Only five players appeared on the 10 ballots, reflecting a narrowing of the Heisman race. Mariota appeared on nine of the 10 ballots while Winston appeared on seven of 10 and Manziel was on eight of 10.

Now in its eighth season, the Heisman Straw Poll is the college football world’s most trusted gauge of Heisman voter sentiment. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country during the past seven seasons, with the final 2012 poll correctly picking the top five finishers and the final 2011 poll picking the top seven. This year’s poll is made up of 10 anonymous Heisman voters from across the country. Each week during the season they will pick three players. Tabulations for the preseason poll are tabulated like a real Heisman ballot, with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

Each week’s poll is released on Tuesdays throughout the season at

The Heisman Straw Poll, 10/29/2013

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 22 (5)

2. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 19 (3)

3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M — 13 (2)

4. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 4

5. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois — 2

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4 Responses to Mariota maintains lead in HeismanPundit Straw Poll

  1. CM October 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    The starting QB of the two-time defending national champion…and the current #1 undefeated team…owner of 3 NC rings and working on his 4th…and who has played nearly flawless football so far this season…is NOT in the top 5?!?!?! I know he probably won’t win it, but if Bama goes undefeated and AJ McCarron is not a finalist sitting in NYC, then it’s a travesty. His stats may not be gaudy as some who play in no huddle offenses that run 20 more plays a game, but if it’s just about stats, then they should just save the hype and give it to the QB who throws for the most yards every season.


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