Week 10 featured a comeback performance from Tajh Boyd and another big win for Florida State. Was it enough for Jameis Winston to jump Marcus Mariota for the top spot? Here’s my updated 2013 Heisman Watch top 5:
5. Tajh Boyd, Clemson:
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen Boyd on the list, but his performance on Saturday brings him back in the race. Boyd completed 24-of-29 passes for 377 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Boyd also added a rushing touchdown, bringing his total up to 27 touchdowns. Boyd’s having a great year, but really fell off for a few weeks. Upcoming games against Georgia Tech and The Citadel will be tune-ups for Boyd to improve his numbers before ending the season on the road at South Carolina.
4. A.J. McCarron, Alabama:
The Crimson Tide had a bye week in week 10, and due to the less-than-stellar performances from those on the outside of the top 5, McCarron stays put at number 4. He’s still the starting quarterback for the nation’s No. 1 team, and still deserves to be in the conversation. Alabama has a huge test this week when they invite no. 13 LSU to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday. If McCarron can once again Roll the Tide to another victory against the Tigers, he could very well move up the list and gain more respect from the national media.
3. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M:
I could catch some heat for having Johnny Football behind Jameis Winston after Manziel’s monster performance, but here’s my reasoning why. Manziel completed 16-of-24 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns. Mr. Football also added 6 rushes for 67 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, doing all of this against…UTEP (1-7).
Johnny could have played with one arm behind his back and done this against UTEP. Time and time again he puts up big numbers, but because of his off-field antics, he’s still seen in a negative light by the national media. Not to mention the resident no. 2 on this list keeps stepping up and hitting home runs against big opponents (this is funny because he plays baseball, too!)
2. Jameis Winston, Florida State:
Winston has the Seminoles flying high right now, ranked third in the nation. Famous Jameis and FSU took care of in-state rival no. 7 Miami 41-14 on Saturday night, with Winston completing 21-of-29 passes for 325 yards and just one touchdown with two interceptions. The freshman phenom keeps leading Florida State to victory, and keeps showing up under the bright lights of the big games. This kid is one of, if not the most exciting players to watch in college football today. Only one player might be better (see no. 1).
1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon:
The Quack Attack was off this weekend, and since Winston only threw one touchdown (major letdown, right?), Mariota still stays atop the list.
Just to recap…Mariota still has 29 touchdowns with 0 turnovers. Not one. People say McCarron is a game manager; then what’s Mariota? A game monopolizer? Next week’s top 5 could be completely shaken up, seeing as Oregon travels to Stanford Thursday night. If Mariota can get through this game and play the way he has up to this point, he could stroll his way into New York and walk out hoisting the hardware.
Don’t agree with my rankings? Feel free to comment and vote in the poll below on who you think should be no. 1!