Last Weekend: 55-16 win over California | Passing: 11/25, 114 yards, 2 TDs | Rushing: 6 rushes, 33 yards, 1 TD
Mariota gets a pass for putting up pedestrian numbers this past weekend because Oregon and California essentially played in a monsoon. The terrible conditions made it tough for either offense to do anything and it’s remarkable that Oregon still managed to score 55 points. The upcoming game against Colorado should be another opportunity for Mariota to put up ridiculous stats.
2. Teddy Bridgewater: Louisville
Last Weekend: Bye
Teddy Bridgewater had the weekend to rest and do some scouting against his upcoming opposition as the Cardinals had a bye this past weekend. As I’ve mentioned before, Bridgewater’s biggest problem in the Heisman race will be his lack of tough competition. It won’t get any tougher in this week’s game as Louisville will face an 0-4 Temple team. Don't be surprised if this is another game where Teddy gets pulled before the fourth quarter because of a lopsided score.
3. Aaron Murray: Georgia
Last Weekend: 44-41 win over LSU | 20/34, 298 yards, 5 TDs (4 passing, 1 rushing)
Considering the competition he’s faced, no quarterback has had a more impressive start to the season than Aaron Murray. Georgia has played three Top 10 teams in its first four games and Murray has been fantastic against the two SEC opponents he’s faced. He was nearly flawless against LSU this past Saturday in a shootout and he did much of his work in the second half when he didn’t have the services of Todd Gurley, who was sidelined with an ankle injury.
4. Johnny Manziel: Texas A&M
Last Weekend: 45-33 win over Arkansas | Passing: 23/30, 261 yards, 2 TDs | Rushing: 9 rushes, 59 yards
Similar to Marcus Mariota’s situtation against California, Johnny Manziel faced some terrible weather conditions in the game against Arkansas. He still put up good numbers, but the Aggies became much more reliant on their running game in the second half and Arkansas had no answer for Texas A&M’s rushing attack. One important factor going forward for Manziel could be the health of his leading receiver, Mike Evans, who was hampered by an injury for much of the game.
5. Bishop Sankey: Washington
Last Weekend: 31-13 win over Arizona | Rushing: 40 rushes, 161 yards, 1 TD
Bishop Sankey has been hovering around my top five all season but he nudged his way into the discussion with an awesome performance this past Saturday. Sankey was an absolute workhorse for the Huskies, carrying the ball 40 times for 161 yards. It was the third time this season he’s rushed for more than 160 yards. The only time he didn’t was when Washington crushed Idaho State, when Sankey had 77 yards on four carries and Washington’s back-ups played much of the game.