Mississippi State became college football’s new No. 1 this week thanks to three-straight wins over top 10 teams.
Now, Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott is the Heisman race’s new No. 1 after taking over the lead in HeismanPundit’s latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday (Oct. 14).
Prescott captured seven out of 10 first-place votes from the weekly survey of Heisman voters from around the country, tallying 25 total points while appearing on nine ballots. Prescott moved to the top spot after finishing second to Georgia running back Todd Gurley last week. The junior has a combined 22 touchdowns running and passing after six games.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota moved back up into second place, close behind Prescott with 21 points and three first-place votes. He has a sterling 17-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio and leads the nation in passing efficiency.
Voters seem settled on the top two candidates in this race at this point, but the rest of the field appears to be in flux.
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon took third place in the poll with just four points, while Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper tied for fourth with two points each.
Six other players appeared on ballots and tied for sixth place with one point to their credit, including last week’s poll leader Gurley, who is currently suspended while being investigated for improper dealings with a sports memorabilia dealer.
Washington linebacker/running back Shaq Thompson is one of the those tied for sixth and the first defensive player to appear in the HP poll during the 2014 season.
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The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10/14/2014
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Dak Prescott, QB, Miss. State — 25 (7)
2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 21 (3)
3. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin — 4
4. (tie) Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 2
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama — 2
6. (tie) Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss — 1
Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame — 1
Buck Allen, RB, USC — 1
Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana — 1
Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington — 1
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 1
Number of ballots
Prescott, Mariota — 9
Gordon — 3
Petty — 2
All others — 1