2013 College football rankings: Week 4 Heisman update

Hunting the Heisman: It's anyone's game

9/25/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

At this point in the season, the Heisman race is up for grabs. Good thing they hand out this hunk of bronze in December, because right now it could go to just about anyone on this list. Blog Photo - 2013 College football rankings: Week 4 Heisman update

Thankfully we have conference play starting to set in, which could start setting a few names apart.

1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (LW: No. 1)

vs. Florida International: 17-of-22 (77.3%), 212 yards, 4 TD

2013: 79-of-110 (71.8%), 1,214 yards, 14 TD, INT

Why: Most critics will say that Bridgewater won't win the Heisman simply because Louisville's schedule is one of the nation's easiest. So far he's been near-perfect and has done everything you could ask of him. He's going to put up massive passing numbers this year en route to a more-than-likely undefeated regular season, and it's no secret that Heisman voters love statistics.

2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (LW: No. 3)

vs. Southern Methodist: 14-of-21 (66.7%), 244 yards, TD, INT ... 12 carries, 102 yards, 2 TD

2013: 77-of-110 (70.0%), 1,228 yards, 12 TD, 4 INT ... 39 carries, 255 yards, 3 TD

Why: Instead of putting his hands in his pockets and taking a nose-dive following his loss to Alabama, Manziel went right back to work against SMU. After four games in 2012, Johnny Football had 1,460 total yards and 16 touchdowns, which is almost identical to what he's done so far in '13. There's no doubt that he could win back-to-back Heisman Trophies at this pace.

3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (LW: No. 2)

Had a bye week

2013: 
49-of-82 (59.8%), 889 yards, 7 TD ... 15 carries, 262 yards, 4 TD

Why: His numbers aren't jumping off the charts (yet), but watching Mariota run Oregon's system is a fun thing to do. Also, he hasn't played a fourth quarter down in the Ducks' first three games, which have all been mega blowouts. Last season, he ripped California for 419 total yards (377 passing) and six touchdowns. Mariota might not play a fourth quarter until October 12 at Washington.

4. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (LW: No. 4)

vs. North Carolina State: 
24-of-37 (64.9%), 244 yards, 3 TD ... 13 carries, 38 yards

2013: 56-of-90 (62.2%), 683 yards, 6 TD ... 32 carries, 90 yards, 3 TD

Why: Boyd's stats through three games last season are extremely similar to his now, except Clemson beat Georgia in this year's season opener, rather than Auburn. He has so many offensive playmakers to work with; he has plenty of time to watch his numbers explode once ACC play hits. 

5. Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (LW: No. 5)

vs. Auburn: 
14-of-22 (63.3%), 229 yards, TD, INT

2013: 59-of-91 (64.5%), 1,026 yards, 10 TD, INT

Why: New offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has turned around Zach Mettenberger's career. At this point last year, Mettenberger had 778 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. It took him until Week 11 to reach the 10-touchdown plateau, and he's already done that in four games. Zach looks much more confident this season, and it shows on the field.

Also in the hunt: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State; Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin; Jordan Hall, RB, Ohio State; Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia; Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU.


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