Last weekend was relatively quiet in terms of the 2013 Heisman Trophy race. Jameis Winston had a high-profile game against Miami in primetime, but wasn’t as impressive as he’s been for much of the year. My other leading candidate in the power rankings, Marcus Mariota, was off last week, but will have a great opportunity against Stanford on Thursday night. While these two are still the frontrunners, some other players could be creeping back into the discussion. Here are my latest power rankings.
While Jameis wasn’t quite as famous against Miami on Saturday night, particularly in the first half, he still led the Seminoles to another blowout win. Despite throwing two interceptions in the first half, Winston finished with 325 yards and threw one touchdown pass to Devonta Freeman on a play where Freeman did most of the work. Although he wasn’t at his best, it’s nice for a quarterback to play poorly and still have his team win by 27 points against a Top 10 opponent.
2. Marcus Mariota | Oregon
Marcus Mariota was off this past weekend, which gave him extra time to prepare for a huge game against Stanford in Palo Alto on Thursday night. The Cardinal was one of the only teams in America last season that could even slow down Mariota and Oregon’s high-flying offense, and winning this game with a great performance would give Mariota a big boost in the Heisman Trophy race and help the Ducks in their case to play for a BCS Championship.
3. Johnny Manziel | Texas A&M
With the numbers he’s putting up, it’s impossible to leave Johnny Manziel out of the Heisman discussion. Granted, it was against UTEP, but Johnny Football scored six touchdowns in three quarters of action in a nearly flawless performance. It was the fifth game this season in which Manziel has accounted for at least four touchdowns.
4. Jordan Lynch | Northern Illinois
Many people thought Jordan Lynch deserved a spot in the Heisman race last year, and he’s doing the same thing again this season. Northern Illinois is now 9-0 and Lynch is the biggest reason why. He’s already accounted for 31 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards of offense and has a chance to get the Huskies back to another BCS bowl game.