Power Ranking College Football Heisman Candidates After Week 3
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With three weeks of the college football season in the books, let’s take a look at the top five candidates for the Heisman Trophy. Of course, these things can change any given week, but if the season ended today, these would be my top five choices.
Bryce Petty, Baylor Bears - The only knock on Bryce Petty is that Baylor has yet to play anybody good. Wins over SMU, Buffalo and Northwestern State aren’t going to cut it. However, despite missing a week, Petty has still thrown for 577 yards and six touchdowns, all while completing 63.2 percent of his passes. Petty has yet to turn the ball over and is letting things come to him, leading a Baylor offense that leads the country with an average of 59.3 points per game. Petty keeps this up and he’ll easily become the second Baylor player to win the Heisman.
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Jameis Winston, Florida State Seminoles - Jameis Winston hasn’t impressed me so far with a shaky start to the season, but he’s still the biggest name in college football and leads the No. 1 team in the country. Winston is completing 70.1 percent of his passes for 626 yards and three touchdowns, but he’s also thrown two interceptions. Winston has to take better care of the ball and make bigger plays if he’s going to be the second player ever to win the Heisman. However, he’ll have plenty of chances with Clemson on deck this week.
Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks - Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks continue to do what they do, as he’s completing 70.4 percent of his passes for 806 yards and eight touchdowns. Keep in mind that Mariota is usually out of the game by the second half, so he’s really at a disadvantage when it comes to the stat sheet. Marcus Mariota is leading an Oregon offense that is averaging 52 points per game and has shown no signs of slowing down. As long as Mariota stays healthy all year, he’ll likely have the most impressive stats of any player in the country.
Everett Golson, Notre Dame Fighting Irish - If Notre Dame and Golson continue to play the way they’re playing, you can bet your bottom dollar Golson will receive an invite to New York. This is a quarterback who missed all of last season and has come out without missing a beat, leading the Irish to a 3-0 start. Instead of being a game manager, Golson has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 780 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. Voters love the guys from the big schools and it doesn’t get any bigger than Notre Dame. Golson has himself a spot if he keeps the hot hand.
Amari Cooper, Alabama Crimson Tide - I had to find somebody who isn’t a quarterback and ended up with Amari Cooper. The Crimson Tide still have no idea who their starting quarterback is, and Cooper is still third in the country with 454 receiving yards on 33 receptions. Cooper has two receiving touchdowns and already has 11 receptions of 15 or more yards. Without a consistent quarterback and playing on an offense that is a little lackluster at times, Cooper has gotten off to a hell of a start. Watch his performance this week against Florida very closely.