1. Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston didn’t put up big numbers last Saturday against Wake Forest, but he could have sat out the entire game and the Seminoles still wouldn’t have had any trouble. Instead, Winston played for a half and helped put Florida State ahead 42-0 by halftime. This was the type of dominant performance we used to see from the Noles in the 90s. And in looking at the rest of the FSU schedule, there might not be anything standing in the way of Winston and the Heisman Trophy.
2. Johnny Manziel
The buzz around Johnny Manziel is continuing to grow, and I think many people are now making the argument that he’s the most valuable player in the country. There’s some truth to that. With Manziel, Texas A&M is probably a Top 10 team. Without him, the Aggies might not even be good enough to reach a bowl game. He’s been better this year than last year, but it could be that people hold his off-the-field actions against him.
3. A.J. McCarron
I have a tough time knowing what to make of Heisman argument for A.J. McCarron. It’s very impressive that he’s got a great chance to lead the Crimson Tide to three straight national championships, and he’s played very well in big games, but I still don’t know if that’s what the Heisman is all about. It’s not like Alabama necessarily needs him to play well in order to win. Nick Saban could rely on his defense and running game and still have plenty of success. McCarron is in the race because the media will play it up, but I’m not sure he’s a legitimate candidate.