Here’s what to look for this weekend…(all times Eastern)
Idaho at Florida State, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU – This is obviously not a game that is going to be much in the way of quality viewing, as the Seminoles should make quick work of the Vandals. However, it might be worth keeping an eye on to see how Jameis Winston is handling himself amidst the allegations against him. I’m also curious to see how long Winston stays in the game and how much production he will be allowed to accumulate. As it stands, I don’t think many Heisman voters will be watching this one as there are a couple far more compelling games scheduled in the same time slot.
Oregon at Arizona, 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2 – With Oregon now on a collision course with the Pac-12 title game and all the uncertainty surrounding Winston’s candidacy, Marcus Mariota has a chance to jump back into contention with a big performance against the Wildcats. He’s at 353 consecutive passes without an interception and needs 92 more attempts without a pick to break the NCAA mark, so he could make some progress toward that record in this game. After getting negative yardage the last two weeks (likely due to a sprained knee) I’m curious to see if he can return to form as a rusher.
Texas A&M at LSU, 3:30 p.m., CBS – LSU beat A&M last season while holding Johnny Manziel without a touchdown and intercepting him three times. Now it’s time for Johnny Football’s revenge. While I don’t think Manziel can win the Heisman this year, he certainly can prove me wrong by going crazy in his last couple games. Whether he wins or not, he’s sure to have some impact on the race based on what he does against first LSU and then Missouri. If he plays well and leads A&M over LSU, then Heisman voters will have some hard thinking to do.
Baylor at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. ABC – This is the Heisman game of the week. Simply put, Bryce Petty can elevate himself into the Heisman front runner spot if he has a huge game in a win against the Cowboys. By beating Oklahoma State, Baylor would move to 10-0 and likely jump ahead of Ohio State into the No. 3 spot of the BCS rankings, which means that Bears could be two wins plus a Jameis Winston-suspension away from making the BCS title game. Since this is a prime time game and the most important matchup of the day, there will be lots of Heisman voters tuning in. The opportunity is there for Petty…will he grab it? Of course, if Baylor falls, then Petty’s Heisman hopes will fade since his candidacy is not strong enough at this point to withstand such a late, devastating loss.