This is a make-or-break weekend for a couple Heisman candidates. It’s also the beginning of an important month that should eventually determine who wins the trophy.
Tim Tebow–I know he’s not playing due to a bye, but his recuperation over the weekend is key. Will he be ready to go against LSU? Rest up, big guy.
Jahvid Best–The last running back in the race could see his candidacy rebound with a big game against USC. What does he have to do? Well, first off, the Bears have to win. That’s a given. Second, he’s got to gain well over 100 yards and break off a long touchdown run or two. He needs to dazzle with some highlight reel plays. Does he have enough gas left in the tank? Of course, if the Bears lose, his chances at the Heisman are basically zero, though a productive game in a loss could still help him to finish in the top five of the voting.
Jacory Harris–Like Best, Harris has a chance to bounce back and move up in the race. Playing Oklahoma in front of a national audience is an ideal way to do so. If Miami wins and Harris plays well, he’ll get a lot of attention and might be set up for a late-season run, as the ‘Canes have a pretty good shot at winning out. If Miami loses, Harris’ candidacy is done and he’ll spend the rest of the season setting himself up for 2010.
Case Keenum–He’s the only one of the top three in the HP Heisman Poll playing this weekend, so he’ll have a chance to keep his momentum going. The ideal weekend for Keenum would be for both Cal and Miami to lose while he throws for a ton of yards against UTEP. With Tebow and McCoy in a bye week, most of the positive Heisman attention would then fall his way.
Jimmy Clausen–The Irish host Washington and Jake Locker. This game will allow viewers to compare and contrast Clausen with a quarterback many think is headed for first-round draft status. While beating Washington isn’t that big of a deal, outperforming Locker in a win would be a feather in his cap and set him up nicely for the marquee matchup with USC on Oct. 17.