Marcus Mariota enjoyed another outstanding week to establish himself as the clear-cut Heisman Trophy favorite. But to say the race is far from over would
be an understatement. Mariota was already in a considerable lead once before this season; then an Oregon loss to Arizona dropped him below the likes of Dak
Prescott and Nick Marshall. Wild fluctuations in Heisman odds have happened before and will undoubtedly happen again—probably sooner rather than later,
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Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (-200)
Stop the presses! Mariota has thrown an interception! Of course, his first pick of the season hardly mattered in the outcome of Oregon’s game last weekend,
and the junior quarterback’s stats are still incredible. The Ducks won a 59-41 shootout against California as Mariota threw for 326 yards and five
touchdowns. For the season, he has completed 150-of-218 passes (68.8 percent) for 2,283 yards and 24 scores. He has also found the endzone five times on
the ground. It’s hard to imagine anyone exceeding Mariota in the stat department, so he should be in good shape if Oregon wins out. Upcoming dates with
Stanford and Utah and then a finale at Oregon State will ultimately decide Mariota’s Heisman fate.
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State (+275)
Barring some seriously unforeseen circumstances, how Prescott can win the Heisman should be pretty cut and dry The key, quite simply, is to keep
Mississippi State undefeated. If the 7-0 Bulldogs can somehow finish off a remaining schedule that includes road games against Alabama and Ole Miss, it
would be almost impossible to keep the quarterback of what would be the No. 1-ranked team in the nation at the end of the regular season off the top of
voting ballots. MSU returned from an off week to maintain its winning ways with a 45-31 defeat of Kentucky. Prescott was solid but unspectacular, with one
passing touchdown and one interception to go along with 88 rushing yards and two additional scores.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin (+700)
Gordon has been flat-out touchdown machine. Wisconsin’s junior running back has found the endzone in five straight games and in six of seven outings this
season. He has seven scores in his last two games and a ridiculous 15 in his last five. Yes, for those counting that is an average of three per game.
Gordon carried 22 times for 122 yards and three TDs in last Saturday’s 52-7 destruction of Maryland. He is averaging a whopping 7.6 yards per rush during
his 2014 campaign. Losses to LSU and Northwestern are hurting both the player and the team. Gordon’s one remaining opportunity to make a huge statement is
a head-to-head showdown with Ameer Abdullah when the Badgers host Nebraska on Nov. 15.
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (+1500)
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Amari Cooper went off. Alabama’s star wideout has continued to make up for his two worst games of the
season (against Ole Miss and Arkansas in early October). After going for 140 yards and two touchdowns in a 59-0 humiliation of Texas A&M, Cooper caught
nine passes for 224 yards and two scores in the Crimson Tide’s 34-20 victory over Tennessee last weekend. The junior out of Miami, Fla. now has a pair of
200-yard receiving games and three multi-touchdown performances this year. If ‘Bama wins out and voters want to give the award to the best player on the
best team, watch out.
Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame (+1500)
Notre Dame had an off week, so Golson and company had to sit around and stew on their brutal loss at Florida State. In that contest, the senior QB was
picked off twice. That sure isn’t good, but it should be noted that he also put the ball in the air a whopping 52 times. Golson has been intercepted at
least once in four straight games after throwing no INTs in his first three outings of the season. He still has decent numbers (19 touchdowns, six
interceptions), and the Fighting Irish’s lone loss is not a bad one, but Golson will have to really astound at Arizona State and at USC.
Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn (+1500)
A second consecutive Auburn loss would have crippled Marshall’s chances, but the senior quarterback made sure that did not happen. The Tigers returned from
an off week and bounced back from their loss at Mississippi State to outgun South Carolina 42-35. Marshall threw just two incomplete passes (12 for 14) and
accounted for four total touchdowns—one passing three rushing. He gained 89 yards on 10 keepers and now has 581 yards and seven scores on the ground this
season. He has also completed 84 of 144 attempts for 1,103 yards and 11 TDs while throwing three picks. With a taxing schedule that still includes road
trips to Ole Miss, Georgia, and Alabama, Marshall has plenty of opportunities ahead of him.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska (+1800)
Abdullah’s stats are out of this world. Nebraska’s last two games, especially, have the senior back in the Heisman Trophy discussion. After rushing 23
times for 146 yards and four touchdowns in an Oct. 18 win over Northwestern, Abdullah exploded for 225 yards and three scores on just 19 carries in last
Saturday’s 42-24 rout of Rutgers. For the season, the running back out of Homewood, Ala. has 180 attempts for 1,249 yards (6.9 average) and 17 TDs. What’s
killing his Heisman campaign is a performance against Michigan State, the best team the Huskers and Abdullah have faced. He scored twice but ran for just
45 yards on 24 rushes in Nebraska’s only loss of the year.
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