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Hump Day Heisman Watch: Power Rankings

All season long I will be posting my rankings of Heisman candidates. I am no “expert”, but this is something to read to get you through your Wednesday so enjoy.

1. Kellen Moore QB Boise State– The Heisman Trophy is often a lifetime achievement award, and Kellen Moore has had arguably the best career of any active college football player.  Moore is approaching the career wins record currently held by Colt McCoy.  In addition to that record, Moore has consistently put up outstanding numbers.  Perhaps the biggest piece to the Heisman equation is getting signature wins.  Boise State’s convincing win against Georgia in Atlanta is the biggest reason why Kellen Moore tops the initial Heisman Hump Day rankings. Current Vegas Odds: 15-1

2. Robert Griffin III Quarterback Baylor– RGIII has no real shot to win the Heisman because I can’t see Baylor winning more than 8 games.  I don’t think anybody has ever won the Heisman playing for an average football team, but Robert Griffin III is off to as good of a start as anybody in 2011.  Baylor’s exciting win against the reigning Rose Bowl Champs TCU put RGIII on the Heisman radar and in the minds of Americans.  Griffen III is the closest thing to Michael Vick and is must watch TV.  If he can somehow get Baylor to 9 or 10 wins he could be a finalist.  Current Odds: 20-1

3. Andrew Luck Quarterback Stanford– Andrew Luck is still the Vegas pick to win the Heisman. Luck is the most gifted pocket quarterback in the country and his team should contend for a conference championship.  Luck didn’t do anything wrong in week one to drop in the Hump Day Heisman Rankings, but he didn’t have the signature moments that the two QBs above him had.  Luck will be at or near the top of Heisman rankings all year barring an injury or Stanford going in the shitter.  Current Odds: 9-2

4. Montee Ball Running Back Wisconsin– Montee Ball lost some weight in the summer and it has made all the difference.  The guy looked quick, explosive, and powerful against UNLV in the season opener.  Wisconsin could be national championship contender and the presence of new QB Russell Wilson should prevent teams from stacking 9 guys in the box.  Perhaps Ball’s biggest obstacle will be his teammate James White.  White getting touches could prevent Ball from putting up the numbers he needs to be a Heisman finalist.  Montee Ball got the majority of the burn against UNLV. If that ratio of touches stays consistent through the year Ball could be the second Badger to win the Heisman. Current Odds: 80-1

5. Michael Floyd Wide Receiver Notre Dame– One of the few positive aspects of Notre Dame’s loss to USF was the play of Michael Floyd.  Floyd had a career high 12 catches and also brought in two TDs.  The Irish were not overhyped, they just had a game where everything went wrong.  Floyd will be the focus of Tommy Rees going forward for the Irish, and the Senior could put up record numbers.  If Notre Dame rebounds, and Floyd keeps racking up numbers like he did on Saturday, then he could very well be a Heisman finalist. Current Odds: 40-1

 

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