If you’ve been keeping up with the 2013 Heisman Watch, then you won’t see too many differences between this week’s top 5 and week eight’s top 5. What’s the difference in the list? Check out my updated top 5.
5. Sean Mannion, Oregon State:
Mannion was fourth on my list last week, and after a good-not-great showing against Stanford he’s dropped to no. 5. Mannion completed 41-of-57 passes for 271 yards and one touchdown. The junior Beaver still leads the nation in total passing yards (3,263) and is second in yards per game (388.6). His 30 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions is also incredibly impressive on top of his 69.1 percent completion percentage. Mannion’s had a great year thus far, but will be tested late in the season against Washington and Oregon.
4. A.J. McCarron, Alabama:
A.J. McCarron had a very A.J. McCarron-esque performance again on Saturday against Tennessee. McCarron completed 19-of-27 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns. This is the senior’s fourth straight game without an interception and improved his season numbers to 1,862 yards, 16 touchdowns and just three interceptions. McCarron could very well be the most overlooked and underrated player in the country.
I caught so much heat when I put him at no. 5 last week, despite continually leading the nation’s no.1 team week in and week out. His dominance and efficiency with the football keeps McCarron in the conversation.
I might take another round of criticism for this #4 ranking, but I’m willing to stand by McCarron.
3. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M:
Now for the fifth week in a row, I do not think that Manziel will win the Heisman again this year. To once again reuse my favorite phrase “numbers don’t lie,” here’s why Johnny Football is still in third (even though he has no chance to win again this year).
Johnny completed 25-of-35 passes for 305 yards, four touchdowns and one interception against Vanderbilt on Saturday. Manziel is fifth in the nation in total passing yards and continues to have big games showcasing his skill. Manziel only has four fewer touchdowns this year than he did all of 2012, but he also has almost just as many turnovers (8 right now, 9 total last year).
His decision making is still questionable, which keeps him deadlocked at the no. 2 position.
2. Jameis Winston, Florida State:
Winston had another solid game on Saturday leading Florida State to 7-0 with their 49-17 victory against NC State. Famous Jameis completed 16-of-26 passes for 292 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the contest, making this his fourth week in a row with 3 or more touchdowns.
Winston will once again have the spotlight next Saturday when the Seminoles take on no. 7 Miami at home. Winston has always stepped up to the plate in big games, and I wouldn’t expect anything less this week against the Hurricanes.
1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon:
Another game without an interception, another game without a fumble, another game at the top of my Heisman Watch list. Mariota was on point again Saturday against UCLA, completing 21-of-28 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown. In case you haven’t been keeping up, Mariota now has 29 touchdowns with 0, zip, zilch, nada, NOTHING in the turnover column.
Numbers don’t lie. Enough said.
Don’t agree with my rankings? Feel free to comment and vote in the poll below on who you think should be no. 1!