10. Montee Ball, Wisconsin
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9. Seth Doege, Texas Tech
This Red Raider is posting gaudy numbers (28 TD, 7 INT) right about now thanks to an offense that is playing their best ball at one of the more important parts of the season.
Tech looks like a team that will not only finish the season ranked but perhaps pick up ten wins. If that does come true, Doege will stay in the hunt for an invite to NYC all year long.
8. Johnny Manziel, A&M
Johnny football was bottled up in the second half against the Bayou Bengals ferocious defense, but it just goes to show that no young freshman can become the nation’s best player at quarterback.
He is an incredible college talent and could become a future All-American if he improves, but he doesn’t have superstar talent surrounded by him (two star tackles, solid backs and receivers not world beaters) . Ultimately, the Aggies will lose at least one more game and perhaps two more with brutal road stretches against Mississippi State and Alabama.
7. Kenjon Barner, Oregon
These Ducks can play faster than some teams in the NFL, which is absurd to even ponder such a thought. Still, this Ducks offense is going crazy and there is no stopping them at the moment. Barner will reap the benefits and a Heisman invitee is getting more realistic after every week.
6. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Thank goodness the Buckeyes ended up winning or else e would have dropped even lower, but Miller has still put together a sensational season despite this recent miserable performance.
Adding injury to insult is never the plan (status up in air for PSU this week), but Miller should be good by the middle of the week in terms of practicing and ready to go. If Brutus keeps on winning, it will be thanks to the star-studded quarterback running circles on the Big Ten and a Heisman invite is more than a possibility still.
5. Matt Barkley, USC
Skyrocketing once again would be a Trojans offense that loves to score early, often and especially late in ball games. They did take the USC Heisman hopeful out after three quarters but the offense will be throw it deep regardless if they are up 50 and playing a high school football team.
Barkley’s entire season depends on his performances against Oregon (2x) and Notre Dame. If he flops in any of those games then he could go from potentially challenging the leader to falling completely out of the running. Win at least two of those games and he will be in the top three at the very worst.
4. Geno Smith, West Virginia
Yes, consecutive performances cost him the top spot and he has finally fallen off the face of the Earth in terms of video game-like stats. His overall numbers are still just that although losing in a blowout to the Heisman frontrunner is essentially the worst thing that could possibly have happened. He needs the guy at No. 1 to have at least one awful game where his Wildcats suffer a heartbreaker.
Everybody wanted some more love, and well here it is. One of the best quarterbacks in the country recently has been the Crimson Tide signal-caller and he been special in terms of completing passes down the field and avoiding the costly errors.
That is what championship teams do and this stud may have the stars aligned to at least get an invite to beautiful NYC.
Receiving more votes and love than any defender in seemingly forever is a bold statement made by the Notre Dame superstar. He is the best linebacker in America and has been flying around the field making ridiculous plays for the entire season.
The greatest asset besides is leadership would be his ability to drop back in coverage and pluck pigskins as if he is an All-American safety (4 INT).
1. Collin Klein, Kansas State
Optimus Klein is the greatest superstar these days and there is no stopping him. Saving his best game for what was the most important at the time, Collin Klein now is the proclaimed frontrunner for the 78th Heisman Trophy.