Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Big 12 Heisman Watch: Week 10
By David Ubben
More movement after a week of upsets and blowouts in the Big 12. The league still only has three viable candidates, and here's how I rank them.
1. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Last week: 24-36, 274 yards, 3 TD in a 59-24 win over Baylor.
Making the case for Weeden: Weeden's quarterback rating of 158.1 is his third-highest of the year, and he picked apart Baylor's defense all night as the Cowboys raced to a 49-3 lead. How confident is Weeden? OC Todd Monken called a run play on a 4th-and-goal at the one-yard line, and Weeden checked to a fade. He completed it, of course, to Justin Blackmon.
2. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Last week: 35-47, 505 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT in a 58-17 road win over Kansas State.
Making the case for Jones: Jones slipped out of the race last week, and he'll need to keep playing like he did Saturday to officially get back in it. A school-record performance of 505 yards is an outstanding start, and if Oklahoma keeps winning, you'll see him on the short list by season's end. The numbers will be there. Bedlam should decide who grabs this honor for good.
3. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Last week: 33-of-50, 425 yards, TD, 2 INT. 16 carries, 27 yards, TD.
Making the case for Griffin: Griffin put up good final numbers, but the red-zone failures made Saturday's result a forgettable one for the Bears. He added some nice numbers late, but Oklahoma State's defense made a pretty good statement against the Bears. Baylor needs to grab a win and for Griffin to play well if he's going to stay in the race, but three losses have him close to elimination now.
Here's how I voted in ESPN's weekly Heisman Watch:
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
4. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
5. Case Keenum, QB, Houston