Even though there were some big wins and losses this past week, the overall 2011 Heisman Rankings largely stayed the same. Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson is still the man to beat, but if his team continues to fall in the polls, he'll begin to slide down the rankings as well.
Week 9's Top 10:
1 – Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin Badgers: Wilson was off in the first half, but he did manage a big touchdown run in the fourth quarter that kept the Badgers in it. Then he led Wisconsin down the field to tie it up at 31 a couple of possessions later. Tough break on the final Michigan State heave that was tipped to Keith Nichol, who fought his way into the end zone, but the Spartans outplayed the Badgers. They earned that win.
2 – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide: Richardson didn’t go for 100 yards for the first time since the opening week blowout of Kent State, but he found the end zone twice on the ground. He has scored in every game this year, and he’s perhaps the toughest player in the country to get to the ground. It’s extremely close between him and Wilson at the top of the Heisman race, and I must have switched the two four times.
3 – Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Broncos: Moore didn’t seem too fazed Saturday afternoon with Air Force keeping pace with the Broncos most of the game. The Falcons controlled the ball, but Moore still managed 281 yards and three touchdowns on 23-of-29 passing. He found eleven different receivers in this one. With the win Moore tied former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy as the winningest college football quarterback ever.
4 – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor Bears: Baylor was off this week. Griffin and the Bears face Oklahoma State in Stillwater this Saturday. Baylor has lost two of its last three, but I continue to be very, very impressed with Griffin this year.
5 – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Cardinal: The Cardinal offense was dominant against Washington thanks in large to the rushing game. Luck doesn’t put up the huge numbers every week, but he makes the tough throws and the right decisions to keep his offense moving. I cannot recall seeing Luck make the same mistake twice in any game.
In the hunt
- LaMichael James, RB, Oregon Ducks: James missed his second game in a row with an elbow injury. The Ducks blew out Colorado 45-2 despite missing James and quarterback Darron Thomas, who is also out with an injury.
- Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson Tigers: Boyd has been in the Heisman discussion for a few weeks, but took a big step forward Saturday with yet another huge performance. He has playmakers all around him, but give him the credit he deserves for yet another 300+ yard passing performance. He threw five touchdown passes in the win over North Carolina and ran another in himself.
- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson Tigers: Would Clemson be where they are without Watkins, their phenom freshman receiver? No. He caught eight passes for 91 yards with a touchdown against UNC. He has caught 54 passes for 820 yards and nine touchdowns this year.
- Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma Sooners: Jones is another quarterback who was a bit off in Saturday night’s loss. He threw for 412 yards and five touchdowns on 30-of-55 passing, though. The 54.5% completion percentage was his lowest since opening week 2010 when he completed 47.2% of his passes.
- Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma Sooners: Big numbers so far for Broyles, who has now accumulated more than 100 receiving yards in his last four games before Saturday night’s loss to Texas Tech. He has 899 yards on 67 receptions this year with nine touchdowns.
- Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU Tigers: Mathieu missed the Auburn game due to suspension. He remains in the Heisman discussion, nonetheless, and I suspect he’ll be back for the Alabama game.
- Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan Wolverines: The Wolverines were off last weekend, and will face Purdue this Saturday. Robinson is coming off a disappointing performance against Michigan State in the loss to the Spartans.
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