Jameis Winston - Florida State
Winston was flawless yet again for the Seminoles in a blowout win. He completed 19-of-21 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in a 59-3 victory over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome and then sat out the entire second half, which has become a recurring theme for him this season. It will likely be more of the same when Florida State takes on a pitiful Idaho team this Saturday. The biggest threat to Winston’s Heisman chances remain his potential legal issues.
Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M
It seemed unbelievable at the start of the season to think Johnny Manziel had a realistic shot to repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner, but the stage is setting up for him to win the award again. Manziel has carried Texas A&M this season and will now have two marquee games to finish the year and make a strong case as the best player in the country. He faces LSU this week and then Missouri in the season finale, and strong performances in both games might be enough for him to overtake Jameis Winston.
Bryce Petty - Baylor
Bryce Petty is the trendy pick receiving lots of attention because of Baylor’s incredible success this season. He’s been the catalyst in the Baylor offense and is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in college football. Petty played well in Baylor’s big win over Oklahoma and, like Manziel, has big games against Oklahoma State and Texas still remaining on the schedule. As long as Petty keeps Baylor in the BCS Championship discussion, he’ll stay in the Heisman Trophy discussion.