- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's basically a two-man race when it comes to Heisman contenders in the SEC:
1. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama: He didn't have a Heisman game, but he certainly had a Heisman moment in Alabama's 21-17 win over LSU. McCarron finished the game with only 165 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-27 passing, but his touchdown proved to be the difference. After struggling mightily in the second half, McCarron orchestrated a perfect two-minute drill late in the fourth quarter, completing four of his five passes for 72 yards, including a 28-yard screen pass to running back T.J. Yeldon that proved to be the game-winning score for the Crimson Tide. He didn't have Heisman numbers, but he had a heck of a Heisman drive. He has passed for 1,849 yards with 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: If not for two losses this season, Manziel would be getting a lot more Heisman love nationally. He ran over and through Mississippi State's defense for 440 total yards of offense. He also rushed for two touchdowns. Manziel continues to be the SEC's most exciting player and he has a chance to make a real statement nationally against Alabama's defense. We saw some holes in it against LSU, and Manziel has a chance to exploit them Saturday. But it certainly won't be easy. A big game from Manziel could really throw him back in the national Heisman mix. Manziel is second in the SEC in passing (2,527) and first in rushing (922). He has combined for 40 touchdowns.