As contenders plummet, Auburn's Newton emerges as new No. 1
A wild weekend that caused chaos just before the first BCS rankings were released also did a number on the race for the Heisman Trophy.
Stocks plummeted as Arkansas'
It all results in a new face atop the Heisman Watch for the first time since Robinson captured the nation with his one-man Wolverines revival in the opening week. But this latest dual-threat quarterback to take over the lead did much more than survive a weekend that saw contender after contender stumble -- he dominated.
Take a bow,
Auburn's quarterback is built like a defensive end, has a fullback's mentality and a Howitzer of an arm. In Saturday's SEC West shootout, Newton accounted for 328 yards and four TDs in leading the Tigers to 65-43 win over the Razorbacks.
Newton has taken over the top spot, but given that this year is seemingly headed toward a 2007-like chaotic finish, there's no guarantee he'll stay there. For those fans of irony, as well as those with short memories, that year the trophy went to Florida's
Before the Watchman unveils this week's top 10 Heisman candidates, here's
Like Robinson, Newton has built his campaign by shouldering the offensive load, producing 63 percent of Auburn's yardage. But unlike Robinson, there's no question about whether the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder can handle the punishment. Just look at his TD runs of 5, 1 and 3 yards against Arkansas. Newton, who is the first Tiger with four 170-yard rushing games in one season since 1985 Heisman winner
How did the leader in rushing yards per game spend his off week? Your guess is as good as mine.
It was another early day at the office for Moore. He was wearing a headset by halftime as he led the Broncos to touchdowns on five of their first six possessions and only faced third down three times. He leads the nation in passing efficiency with a 190.3 rating, which puts him well on pace to break
Robinson got his his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season, impressive against the Hawkeyes, who came in allowing 63.2 yards per game on the ground. But outside of that he produced one play of 20 yards -- after totaling 37 in the first six games -- before he was knocked out with a shoulder injury. And it didn't help that starter-turned-backup
Ah, the rollercoaster ride that is Pryor on the road. He went from bad (4-of-12 passing for 25 yards in the first half) to good (7-of-7 in the third quarter) to bad again as a late pick sealed the Buckeyes' loss. He has a history of forcing things and will have to wait until a Nov. 20 trip to Iowa to redeem himself after his candidacy took a serious hit.
It's no secret what Luck can do with his arm. He's the Pac-10's leader in passing efficiency and touchdown passes and former Cardinal quarterback
When he was in, he was great and looked poised to duel Newton for the title of the SEC's leading contender. But a concussion ended Mallett's day and his backup,
As far as magic acts go, the Longhorns clearly saw right through T-Magic's illusions. After running for 241 yards on 15 carries vs. Kansas State, Texas held Martinez 126 yards below his average. He wasn't much better in the passing game and was replaced by
Dalton's third career four-TD game wasn't without controversy. He hit
Last Week: 10 receptions for 207 yards and one TD in 34-17 win over Texas Tech.
It's time we all get wise to Blackmon. When offensive coordinator