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2011 Heisman Trophy Power Rankings: Week 12

The year is approaching its conclusion and the Heisman race is heating up. Will Trent Richardson stay on top, or will Andrew Luck ultimately catch up? We'll find out soon enough.

Top five candidates:

1.  Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide: Richardson rushed for 127 yards and a score in the Tide’s win over Mississippi State on Saturday. He’s seventh in the country with 120.5 yards per game and he’s the toughest running back in America to bring to the ground.

2.  Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Cardinal: Luck threw three touchdown passes, but also threw two picks in the loss to Oregon on Saturday night. He’s thrown at least an interception in the last three games, and five of the last six games.

3.  Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State Cowboys: Weeden has the Cowboys in position to play for the national title if they win out, meaning they’d beat Iowa State on Friday and then Oklahoma the next week in the Bedlam Game. Weeden has passed for more than 400 yards in two consecutive games, and he’s thrown 15 touchdown passes in the last four games. He’s second to Case Keenum in passing yards, and he’s tied with Kellen Moore behind Keenum with 31 passing touchdowns. His 73.1 completion percentage is sixth.

4.  LaMichael James, RB, Oregon Ducks: Despite missing two games in October, James is sixth in the country with 1,207 yards and leads the country with 150.88 yards per game. He posted 146 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Stanford on Saturday.

5.  Case Keenum, QB, Houston Cougars: Keenum trails only Russell Wilson in passing efficiency and has more passing yardage and touchdowns than anybody at 3,951 and 37. He’s broken all kinds of NCAA passing records this year and has asserted himself in the thick of the Heisman race.

In the hunt

  • Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Broncos
  • Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin Badgers
  • Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor Bears
  • Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State Cowboys
  • Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma Sooners

The two most prestigious college football awards in the nation are the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award, both given to the best college football player in America. The Heisman Trophy is presented by the Down Town Athletic Club, and is voted on by past winners and selected media members chosen by its presenter. The Maxwell Award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club and is voted on by sportscasters, sportswriters, NCAA head coaches, athletic administrators and also the membership of the Maxwell Football Club.

You can vote for the Maxwell Award, the Bednarik Award, the new NFL Fantasy Player of the Year Award, and other prominent awards presented by the oldest football club in America by obtaining a RotoExperts Maxwell Football Club membership.

Danny Hobrock is our College Football Editor. Danny's writing on College Pigskin has garnered national attention and has been critically acclaimed. You may email Danny directly @ or follow him on Twitter @DannyHobrock


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