Heisman race is now wide open
Weeden takes over lead in Predictor standings, with Luck, Jones still in the mix
Does anyone want this trophy?
So far, every Heisman candidate given the opportunity to cement his standing as the front-runner has fallen flat.
Landry Jones was the first to get a shot at taking control of this race back in Week 3, when the Oklahoma Sooners faced the Florida State Seminoles in a battle of top-5 teams. The Sooners won, but Jones was less than impressive, throwing for just one touchdown and two interceptions.
Then it was Trent Richardson's turn in the "Game of the Century," as his Alabama Crimson Tide took on the top-ranked LSU Tigers. But Richardson was held to just 89 yards on the ground in a tough loss.
And finally, this past weekend it was Andrew Luck's turn to fumble away the Heisman, as he committed three turnovers in a 53-30 loss at the hands of the Oregon Ducks.
Had the Stanford Cardinal simply won the game -- regardless of Luck's individual performance -- the award was his to lose. Instead, Luck falls to third place in the current Predictor standings with just 117 points -- 13 points fewer than his total a week ago.
With Stanford's defeat, Luck lost a 10-point bonus for his team being undefeated and an additional 2.5 points for snapping a win streak of at least five games. On top of that, Luck had a net two-point loss for his individual performance against Oregon (minus-5 for two interceptions, plus-3 for three touchdowns).
Luck isn't out of the race yet, but with just 117 points, he no longer controls his own destiny and will need plenty of help to climb back to the top of the Predictor standings.
And the new leader is ...
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