Of Mark Ingram, Terrelle Pryor and Iowa's SID
Let's get into the storylines of Week 10, running through the night of Nov. 7:
1. Making his Mark:
After sluggish starts in the first half of the season, Texas QB Colt McCoy and Florida QB Tim Tebow are still in striking distance for the Heisman. Some of my media brethren, I suspect, probably have them on the top of their Heisman lists. My top candidate right now is Alabama's Mark Ingram. I've explained my feelings a few times recently on why he's up there, such as here.
This weekend, Ingram and the Tide -- who have fallen two spots in the rankings in the past few weeks -- get a great chance to prove themselves in one of the two marquee games of the week when No. 9 LSU visits Tuscaloosa.
Of course, whether the Tide are ranked No. 1, 2 or 3 at this point is irrelevant because they'll likely get a chance to play No. 1 Florida -- and all that really matters in regard to the BCS is being in the final top 2. This game has national title implications for both teams, since the Tigers, with a win here and a win over Florida in a rematch in the SEC title game, might have an outside shot at sneaking into the BCS title game, although that's a story for another day.
As for Ingram, I still feel that a good number of Heisman voters haven't bought into him yet. Some probably don't really even know him because he wasn't really a candidate before September. He wasn't on the cover of any preseason magazines, wasn't even the best-known guy on his offense -- that would be WR Julio Jones -- and wasn't one of the two dozen or so players listed on most Heisman betting boards in the summer. Phil Steele, who puts together the bible of preseason guides, didn't have Ingram listed among his top 63 running backs or among the 65 guys listed as viable Heisman contenders. But the LSU game is one of three huge windows Ingram gets to take over (the others being at Auburn and the potential SEC title matchup with Florida.)
To keep reading Bruce's thoughts on Mark Ingram, Iowa's true place in the BCS, Terrelle Pryor's weekend, why Stanford might be a trap for Oregon, what happened to USC's D, and just how good the Longhorns' D is -- you must be an ESPN Insider.
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