Marcus Mariota is distancing himself from the pack in the Heisman Trophy race. That tends to happen when you put up 450 yards of offense and four touchdowns in a blowout against one of the more impressive defenses in the country. For those who thought Mariota was padding his stats against inferior opponents, the performance against Washington showed otherwise.
2. Johnny Manziel: Texas A&M
Everyone’s heart stopped when Johnny Manziel went down against Ole Miss with an apparent knee injury, but it didn’t appear to be anything major when he returned to the game on the following possession. He returned and created havoc the way he always does and led the Aggies on a game-winning scoring drive in the final minutes to come up with a big win on the road. It was another Heisman-type performance for someone who’s expected to make an unbelievable play on every snap.
3. Tajh Boyd: Clemson
Clemson didn’t look sharp on Saturday, but still proved they’ve learned from past mistakes and came away with a victory against Boston College. Tajh Boyd was a big reason the Tigers were able to avoid the upset. He threw for 334 yards and scored two touchdowns and his leadership was critical in this hard-fought game. Now, the stage is set for a showdown between Boyd and another Heisman Trophy candidate.
4. Jameis Winston: Florida State
The Seminoles had a bye last week, which gave them extra time to prepare for a season defining matchup against Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday. Jameis Winston has taken the country by storm as a redshirt freshman, but he’ll face his toughest test against the Tigers. If he can play well on the road against a Top 5 team, Winston will climb even higher up this list.
5. Brett Hundley: UCLA
Marcus Mariota is the Pac-12 quarterback everyone is talking about, but Brett Hundley at UCLA is having an incredible season of his own. The Bruins are 5-0 and the No. 11 team in the country and Hundley has thrown for over 1400 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’ll get the respect he deserves if the Bruins can win their next two games on the road against Stanford and Oregon.