Stats: 14 TDs. 1605 yards. 107 receptions.
Still the best wide receiver in the country, but this week’s flameout versus UCLA definitely takes him out of the running. He deserves it more than a lot of others players, however, the general toxicity of everything associated with Lane Kiffin right now all but guarantees that he won’t nab this honor.
Stats: 19 TDs. 1426 yards. 6.5 yards per carry.
Really talented player, but this week’s showing undoubtedly takes him out of the race. You could argue that he was never really in it but, if he was in it, the Stanford loss took him out of it.
QB, Kansas State
Passing Stats: 14 TDs. 2306 yards. 155 Rating. Rushing Stats: 20 TDs. 787 yards.
Collin Klein’s résumé was never particularly Heisman-worthy, and his team’s blowout defeat to Baylor now ensures that all of the people who didn’t want to vote for him anyway won’t vote for him. His token claim to this award was: best player on the nation’s best team. That is no longer the case.
LB, Notre Dame
Stats: 6 INTs
He is the face of arguably the best defense in the country. With Notre Dame now Championship Game-bound, apparently, it makes a lot of sense for him to take home the award.
QB, Texas A&M
Passing Stats: 21 TDs. 3047 yards. 155.1 Rating. Rushing Stats: 17 TDs. 1114 yards.
Johnny Football was the Heisman favorite coming in thanks to his showing versus Alabama. (A team that will likely play for the National Championship.) This week, Manziel performed extremely well; his main competitors floundered. There should be no debate: he’s still the favorite.