Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Big 12 Heisman Watch: Week 14
By David Ubben
Not much movement in this week's race. Two candidates were inactive, and no top players struggled.
Alas, here are the Big 12 players with the best shot to win the Heisman. Only the top two candidates are realistic ones, and both look likely to earn trips to New York if they win on Saturday and play well. If we've learned one thing this year, it's that no matter how hard we try, we really can't project what's coming in this game.
1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Last week: 7-11, 106 yards, TD, 14 carries, 62 yards, 2 TD in 66-24 win over Texas Tech.
Making the case for Griffin III: Griffin missed the entire second half after suffering from concussion-like symptoms, but his teammates picked up the slack. Running back Terrance Ganaway carried the ball 42 times for 246 yards and two touchdowns to set a school record. RG3's got a tough test this week against the Big 12's best defense: Texas.
2. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Last week: Off.
Making the case for Weeden: It's going to be tough, but if Weeden can play huge in a big spot against Oklahoma to win the Big 12, and if Baylor loses with a poor effort from Robert Griffin III, he could get some more serious mention. The hard part: Alabama's Trent Richardson and Stanford's Andrew Luck are idle this weekend.
3. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State
Last week: Off.
Making the case for Klein: Klein got some much-needed rest this week, but he'll be back in action against Iowa State this week. It's been a great season for Klein, and he might be the most valuable player of anyone in the Big 12. He's carried the ball more than only five players in college football and 45 more times than any QB. Only Wisconsin's Montee Ball has more touchdowns. Look out for him in 2012.
4. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Last week: 22-43, 254 yards, 2 INT in a 26-6 win over Iowa State.
Making the case for Jones: Jones was held without a touchdown pass for the second consecutive game, but he played in crazy wind in Norman. All things considered, he played pretty well, and one of his interceptions was off an inexplicable drop. The Heisman may be off the table, but Jones can win a second Big 12 title in Stillwater on Saturday.
Here's how I voted in ESPN's weekly Heisman Watch:
1. Robert Griffin III
2. Trent Richardson
3. Andrew Luck
4. Case Keenum
5. Brandon Weeden