First impressions send Martinez, Bell soaring up Heisman Watch
After months of pining for college football's return, it's easy to jump to conclusions after one game. When considering the Heisman Trophy race, that's not necessarily a bad thing. While it's ultimately all about how a player finishes, a dominant opener can go a long way toward launching a campaign. Just ask Robert Griffin III, who last fall thrust himself into the race with a five-touchdown performance in Week 1 against TCU and went on to win Baylor's first trophy.
This season is no different, as Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell introduced himself to the nation with a huge opener and Nebraska unveiled Taylor Martinez 2.0.
Of course, not all Week 1 statements were positive, especially for a pair of preseason contenders. In arguably the biggest game of his career, Michigan's Denard Robinson fizzled in a 41-14 loss to No. 2 Alabama, both through the air (11-of-26 for 200 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions) and on the ground (10 rushes for 27 yards and one touchdown). Meanwhile, Oklahoma struggled to protect Landry Jones against UTEP, and when Jones did have time, the results were underwhelming, as he was 21-of-36 for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Both players have time to climb back into the race, but clearly have work to do.
And now this week's ranking, which would stand as my ballot if the season ended today. As a refresher, here's a look back at my