Power Ranking Every BCS Conference's Top Heisman Contender Post Week 2
All offseason, Heisman watch lists were put together, and cases were made for dark-horse candidates. Now that two weeks of college football are in the books, it's time to look at some of the top players and who is actually living up to that hype.
Is last year's winner still the guy to beat for the award? Is Jameis Winston the new favorite to make some major noise?
Only two weeks of the season doesn't quite tell the whole story, but it does provide a sample size for who has a chance to win college football's most prestigious award.
If you've been paying attention, most of the favorites are still in the driver's seat.
AAC: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
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Yup, Teddy Bridgewater is still a Heisman candidate two weeks into the season. He's been everything everybody expected and more. The junior quarterback has completed more than 70 percent of his passes in both Louisville wins, has 752 passing yards and has thrown nine touchdowns and only one interception.
His statistics are off to a great start, and he's leading the Cardinals to wins. The problem is that nobody is noticing with both games being played against Ohio and Eastern Kentucky. Bridgewater can only play the schedule that is in front of him, but the lack of top-tier opponents will certainly hurt his value with pollsters.
Still, he is head and shoulders the best Heisman candidate in the American Athletic Conference.
ACC: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
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Tajh Boyd has finally emerged as a legit Heisman candidate thanks to Clemson's 38-35 win over Georgia in the season opener.
In two games, Boyd has thrown for 439 yards and three touchdowns. His 169 passing yards and zero touchdowns were pedestrian against South Carolina State, but he wasn't needed much against the FCS program.
As long as Boyd continues to be effective and Clemson remains in the national championship hunt, he'll be one of the favorites to win the Heisman.
The Tigers have a great shot to produce their first Heisman winner in school history. However, Florida State's Jameis Winston may have something to say about that when these two teams clash on Oct. 19.
Big 12: Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
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Can you name any other Big 12 player who can compete for the Heisman?
Lache Seastrunk pretty much guaranteed he would win the award during the offseason, and he's off to a wonderful start to cash in on that promise. On 28 carries, he's rushed for 261 yards and five touchdowns. He's averaging a remarkable 9.3 yards per carry.
Most importantly, Baylor is destroying its opponents, beating Wofford 69-3 and topping Buffalo 70-13. If this type of production can keep up in the much tougher Big 12, it won't be long before Baylor is ranked and making noise.
Seastrunk must produce when the heart of the schedule kicks in, but he's the clear front-runner for the award at the moment.
Big Ten: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
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Ohio State and Braxton Miller suffered a scare early against San Diego State when the star quarterback went down with a knee injury. He missed much of the game, but head coach Urban Meyer doesn't believe the injury is serious, according to of Cleveland.com.
"The things that make him dangerous are his wheels," Meyer said of Miller. "We all decided it was best not to [put him back in]. I think there's a chance he'll be ready next week."
Assuming he'll be back on the field, Miller is still the front-runner for the award. He's the quarterback of a national championship contender and is completing 70.8 percent of his passes. Although he didn't play much against the Aztecs, it's what he does against tougher competition that will separate him from the rest of the pack.
Michigan's Devin Gardner is making a solid case early on, but it's premature to write Miller off as the favorite.
SEC: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
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Did you expect anybody else?
Johnny Manziel continues to play flawless football. He's completing 69.4 percent of his passes and has thrown for 497 yards and six touchdowns in two Texas A&M victories. Keep in mind that he missed the first half of the season opener against Rice.
Manziel is looking better than ever and giving critics nothing to complain about on the football field. He has the popularity, the statistics and the team record voters look for when deciding a winner. Next week's game against Alabama will play a gigantic role in whether or not he could repeat for the award.
If Texas A&M wins the game, he'll be the overall favorite to win the Heisman.
Pac-12: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
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This could be the year Oregon produces a Heisman winner, especially if De'Anthony Thomas continues to play at a high level.
The junior running back has always been a stud, but he could never compete for individual awards due to not getting enough carries. His 29 touches in two games aren't great, but he's gotten the most out of his playing time, rushing for 252 yards and five touchdowns. He's also caught two passes for 30 yards and continues to contribute on special teams.
As long as Thomas can continue to score two or three touchdowns a game, there's little doubt he will receive an invite to New York. Whether he wins the award or not is a different story, but his chances right now appear better than ever.