I said in last week’s power rankings that I felt the Heisman Trophy had become a two-man race between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. I didn’t see anything over the weekend to change my mind. People are starting to bring up A.J. McCarron more in the media, but I think that’s more about making the Heisman some sort of career achievement award for him. And there also seems to be a need to mention Johnny Manziel because he’s having a better season than what he did last year, when he won the Heisman Trophy.
None of it matters to me. I still think it’s all about Famous Jameis and Marcus Mariota.
1. Jameis Winston - Florida State
What Jameis Winston did to N.C. State’s defense on Saturday was just cruel. He threw three touchdown passes IN THE FIRST QUARTER. This game was over before Seminole fans even had time to settle into their seats. Winston finished with 292 yards and three touchdown passes, even though he only played a little over half the game.
2. Marcus Mariota - Oregon
Marcus Mariota wasn’t nearly as electrifying as he’s been for much of the season, but he was still extremely efficient in leading the Ducks to a 42-14 win over UCLA. The Bruins have one of the better defenses in the country, and Mariota did a fantastic job managing the offense in a game where his teammates didn’t look particularly sharp. He didn’t do any damage on the ground, but still threw for 230 yards and one touchdown and has yet to throw an interception this season. Now, he gets a week off to prepare for a season-defining game at Stanford on November 7.