Week 4 of the college football season looks like a perfect opportunity for upsets and Heisman-worthy performances. The weekend’s slate of games doesn’t exactly offer up a lot in terms of competitive football, but that means you’re going to see plenty of scoring.
The top matchup looks like the Pac-12 clash between No. 23 Arizona State and No. 5 Stanford. The Cardinal have yet to look impressive, and the Sun Devils are plotting an upset in Palo Alto. Can they swing the pendulum in the Pac-12, or will the home team continue its run as one of the conference’s elite?
We’ll examine that matchup later this evening along with the other high-profile games and any upsets that may occur. In the meantime, here’s a look at a couple of Heisman contenders to watch today and a look at the latest on the injury front.
Heisman Contenders to Watch
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville vs. Florida International
Florida International is 0-3 to start the 2013 campaign but gave Teddy Bridgewater issues last season. The quarterback struggled, finishing with 19-of-36 passing while throwing two touchdowns to two interceptions. The Cardinals won, barely, 28-21. After a somewhat less-than-stellar performance against Kentucky last week, Bridgewater needs a big game before conference play begins.
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M vs. SMU
With Tajh Boyd already done and Marcus Mariota idle this week, Johnny Manziel is next up on the Heisman watch list for Week 4. He’ll get a chance to build on a great performance in a losing effort to Alabama last week. The last time Johnny Football met SMU, the dual-threat quarterback torched the Mustangs for six total touchdowns. Prepare for fireworks.
QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Instead of rushing the star quarterback back onto the field, Urban Meyer will reportedly keep him out in Week 4 against Florida A&M, per ESPN.com. The decision makes sense; there’s no need to rush him back too soon against an opponent the Bucks should have no issues defeating. They’ll also be in the very capable hands of backup quarterback Kenny Guiton in his absence.
QB David Ash, Texas
After missing last week’s game against Ole Miss due to a concussion sustained against BYU, David Ash will be back behind center for the Longhorns, per ESPN Texas:
Case McCoy had the Longhorns leading going into the half, but the Rebels came out and held them to just 100 yards of total offense en route to a big win. Ash might not solve all of the team’s struggles, but the Longhorns will gladly welcome their starter back to make a run in the Big 12.
QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Taylor Martinez’s status for Saturday’s matchup against South Dakota State wasn't looking good heading into the weekend. Coach Bo Pelini said Thursday that his quarterback was doubtful to play, per Eric Olson of the Associated Press. Per ESPN's College Gameday broadcast, Martinez has officially been ruled out for the action.
Be sure to check back here throughout the day. We’ll update the latest on the Heisman race and injuries as they happen, and break down any developing upsets around the nation.