Heisman Trophy Watch: Re-Ranking Candidates After OSU & Brandon Weedon Lose
On Friday night Oklahoma State lost a difficult game against the Iowa State Cyclones.
One of the turning points in this game is when Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden threw an interception in overtime. The Cyclones scored on the very next possession and won the game. This affects the Cowboys standing in the BCS Rankings, but it also plays a role in the Heisman balloting.
Here is a re-ranking of the candidates after the Oklahoma State loss.
5. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson was not even on the Heisman radar before the college football season kicked off. In fact, he was playing minor league baseball.
Wilson has led the Wisconsin Badgers with an excellent season. The field general has passed for over 2,400 yards and 25 touchdowns with just three interceptions. The only reason he is not higher on this list is because of the Badgers two losses on the season.
4. Case Keenum
College Gameday is in Houston and that will put the spotlight on quarterback Case Keenum. Keenum has put up some awe-inspiring numbers on the season, already amassing over 4,000 yards.
The big hurdle that he will have to leap is that he has spent the year playing against a weak Conference USA schedule. If Houston finishes the year undefeated, Keenum should get an automatic invite to New York.
3. Brandon Weeden
Brandon Weeden falls a few spots after the devastating loss to the Iowa State Cyclones, but he should still be in the running. The loss will hurt his stock, but he has played a big part in putting the Cowboys on the national stage.
If the Cowboys rebound and take down the Sooner on a big performance by the signal caller, he should once again be a front runner.
2. Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck is still considered the top quarterback in the country, but after a tough loss to the Oregon Ducks he stumbles down the polls.
Against the Ducks, Luck tossed two interceptions and was not able to eclipse 300 yards. His stock may have dropped but Luck will always be considered a favorite to walk away with the hardware at the end of the season.
1. Trent Richardson
Trent Richardson is arguably the best player on a very talented Alabama team. He has rushed for over 1200 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season and is the best running back in the country.
His only weakness is not making an impact in the lone loss to the LSU Tigers.
That does not seem to have altered the minds of the voters and Richardson deserves to be in the top spot for now.
With two games to play this list will be constantly changing, but for now, these five players should be at the top of the Heisman list.
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