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Big 12 Heisman Watch: Week 9

October, 26, 2010
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What miniscule Heisman hopes the Big 12 had took a huge hit with Oklahoma's loss. Not to discount what Blaine Gabbert is doing, because he's one of the biggest reasons Missouri is undefeated, but there are lots of other reasons, too, and Gabbert's slow start on the stat sheet will probably keep him from getting serious consideration.

So for now, here are the five players with the best chance to head to New York and win the Heisman.

1. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: Blackmon busted an 80-yard score on a flea flicker against one of the nation's best corners in Nebraska's Prince Amukamara, and finished with 157 yards and two touchdowns on five catches.

2. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska: Nebraska's defense hasn't been what it was last year, and without Martinez, the Huskers would have earned a second loss on Saturday against Oklahoma State. T-Magic set a school freshman record with 435 total yards, and threw five touchdowns passes. The Huskers would love for him to continue showing that kind of progression as a passer.

3. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: Griffin has to be one of the favorites for the league's Offensive Player of the Year, and has the Bears on top of the Big 12 South. If he keeps it that way, and can help the Bears finish with 8-9 wins, you might see him in New York. He's a much, much better passer (Big 12 leader in passer rating) now than he's ever been, and just as good of a runner as he was a freshman.

4. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri: Gabbert is making so, so few mistakes, and making lots of big plays, especially when it counts. He completed eight of his final nine passes against Oklahoma, and has completed 68 percent of his passes in his past two games. He's also got six touchdowns to no interceptions in conference play this year.

5. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Saturday was a rough night for Jones, who had his first multiple-interception game since the season opener, but he's still thrown 17 touchdowns and completing almost 67 percent of his passes, over eight percentage points higher than last season.

Here's my ballot for ESPN's Heisman Watch this week:

1. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
2. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
3. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
5. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan

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