Heisman Watch: Week 8


ESPN Experts' Poll

Oct. 22, 2013
Name Position School Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
Marcus Mariota QB Oregon So. 9 7 0 0 0 73
Jameis Winston QB Florida State Fr. 6 7 3 0 0 67
Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M So. 1 1 9 0 2 38
Sean Mannion QB Oregon State Jr. 0 1 1 3 2 15
Bryce Petty QB Baylor Jr. 0 0 3 2 2 15
Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin So. 0 0 0 5 3 13
AJ McCarron QB Alabama Sr. 0 0 0 4 1 9
Tajh Boyd QB Clemson Sr. 0 0 0 1 2 4
Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Jr. 0 0 0 0 2 2
Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor Jr. 0 0 0 1 0 2
Derek Carr QB Fresno State Sr. 0 0 0 0 1 1
Mike Evans WR Texas A&M So. 0 0 0 0 1 1

ESPN experts: Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Brian Bennett, Brandon Chatmon, Rece Davis, Heather Dinich, Matt Fortuna, Kevin Gemmell, Travis Haney, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Ted Miller, Dari Nowkhah, Adam Rittenberg, Mark Schlabach and Jake Trotter


Tracking the Candidates

Marcus Mariota

QB | Oregon
Next Game: 10/26 vs. UCLA

Mariota put together another strong outing against Washington State. He totaled three touchdowns on 394 total yards (327 passing, 67 rushing) and led his team to another 60-plus game. The lone blemishes were his two fumbles, one of which followed a sack and was picked up and returned for a touchdown.

Jameis Winston

QB | Florida State
Next Game: 10/26 vs. NCST

Jameis Winston was surrounded by hype before he started for FSU, and it has only gotten louder since then. But he keeps living up to it, this time in prime time against a top-five opponent. On the road at Death Valley, Winston was unflappable, even against Clemson's blitz. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 293 yards against five or more pass-rushers, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Winston's 293 yards against the blitz are the most in a game by a BCS automatic qualifier quarterback in the past three seasons.

Johnny Manziel

QB | Texas A&M
Next Game: 10/26 vs. VAN

It was another epic game for Manziel, although this one ended without the heroics we've come to expect. Despite leaving in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury, he returned and drove A&M to the Auburn 21 in the final seconds but was sacked on fourth down. Manziel passed for 454 yards and four touchdowns, all to Mike Evans, and ran for 48 more and a touchdown.

Sean Mannion

QB | Oregon State
Next Game: 10/26 vs. STAN

A season-opening loss to Eastern Washington seems so along ago as Oregon State has won six straight games and sits at 4-0 in the Pac-12, tied with Oregon. Mannion leads the nation in passing yards and touchdowns. The Beavers have a back-loaded schedule with Stanford, USC, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon still to come.

Bryce Petty

QB | Baylor
Next Game: 10/26 at KU

Petty is the on-field engineer of a Baylor offense that is averaging 64.7 points per game. He's completing over 70 percent of his passes and 14 yards for every completion. The Bears' toughest tests still remain; they end the regular season with Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas.


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