1. Jameis Winston - Florida State
Winston put up good numbers in another first half-only performance, but it was against Idaho so does anyone actually care? The award is now his to lose and he’ll have an opportunity to seal the deal with another dominant performance against Florida. However, as I mentioned in the intro, the biggest question surrounding the Florida State quarterback is whether or not criminal charges will be filed against him regarding the allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman.
2. Jordan Lynch - Northern Illinois
I didn’t think Jordan Lynch was a legitimate candidate for the Heisman Trophy, but then yesterday happened and nearly every other player in the race had a terrible performance. Johnny Manziel, Bryce Petty and Marcus Mariota were all disappointing, which opened the door for Lynch. He leads the nation in rushing yards by a quarterback and is the main reason Northern Illinois is 11-0 and still in contention for a second consecutive trip to a BCS bowl.
3. Andre Williams - Boston College
172, 166, 295, 339, 263. Those are Andre Williams’ rushing totals for the last five games. The dude already has 2,073 yards and 16 touchdowns and he still has another game to play! And it’s against Syracuse, so he’s capable of putting up another 300-yard performance. He doesn’t get much attention because he plays for Boston College, but Williams has been one of the most dominant players in the country this season and he’s put the team on his back down the stretch.
4. A.J. McCarron - Alabama
This is stupid. People want A.J. McCarron to win the Heisman Trophy because you have to take into account that he could potentially lead Alabama to three straight national championships? How about we look at all the players Alabama has sent to the NFL over the past three years? How about we consider the fact that Alabama’s teams are typically built around a power running game and dominant defense? How about we factor in that McCarron isn’t even one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC this season? He’s a great fit for Alabama. He’s not deserving of the Heisman Trophy.