Luck returns to the top

Originally Published: December 4, 2012
ESPN

Just last week, freshman Johnny Manziel topped the Cross-Sport Power Rankings for the second time in his brief career. Now it's rookie Andrew Luck duplicating the feat, as the Colts quarterback was selected as the top performer in the week of sports by our panel for the second time in a month. Luck threw for 391 yards and four touchdowns, the last of which came with no time on the clock, giving the Colts a win at Detroit.

Luck edged out SEC championship game MVP Eddie Lacy, who rushed for 181 yards to help Alabama beat Georgia and clinch a spot in the BCS National Championship Game for the second consecutive year. Lacy was followed closely by Montee Ball, who ran all over Nebraska in leading Wisconsin to a Big Ten championship game victory and a spot in the Rose Bowl.

Rounding out the top five were LeBron James, who's kept the Heat unbeaten at home with some incredible clutch play, and Luck's fellow NFL rookie sensation Robert Griffin III.

That's how our panel ranked them, but do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman

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The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events in that seven-day span.