A tumultuous weekend in college football has led to a shakeup in the Heisman race as well.
Georgia running back Todd Gurley returned to the top spot in HeismanPundit’s latest Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday, knocking off Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, whose team was upset, 31-24, by Arizona last Thursday night.
It’s the second time this year that Gurley’s been the top choice in the weekly survey, which canvasses a panel of 10 Heisman voters from around the country. He appeared on nine of the 10 ballots, garnering five first-place votes and 23 total points. After five games, Gurley is third in the nation in rushing at 154.6 yards per game.
Dak Prescott of Mississippi State surged into second place following his performance in the Bulldogs’ 48-31 victory over Texas A&M. He also appeared on nine ballots, collecting four first-place votes and 18 total points. This is the first time a player from Mississippi State has appeared in HeismanPundit’s straw poll.
Mariota tumbled from first to third, tallying 11 points while grabbing the remaining first-place vote. He had led the four previous polls and five out of six on the season.
Wisconin running back Melvin Gordon’s 259 rushing yards against Northwestern bumped him into fourth place with six points, while Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper tied for fifth with one point each.
Now in its ninth season, HeismanPundit.com’s 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 HeismanPundit.com. .
The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10/7/2014
Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)
1. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia — 23 (5)
2. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State — 18 (4)
3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 11 (1)
4. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin — 6
5. (tie) Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn — 1
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama — 1
Number of ballots
Gurley, Prescott — 9
Mariota — 6
Gordon — 4
All others — 1