Oregon RB James climbs Watch list after Heisman-like showing
Flipping between telecasts of Florida-Alabama and Oregon-Stanford, it almost seemed as if
Ingram ran 12 times, had 47 yards and scored two short TDs in the Crimson Tide's victory over the seventh-ranked Gators, while James had 31 carries for a career-high 257 yards and three scores in the Ducks' win over No. 9 Stanford. James claimed the spotlight on one of the biggest stages of the season by torching a Cardinal defense that had given up 113 yards per game on the ground for his second 200-yard game of the year, pushing him to second in the nation with 712 total yards (Michigan's
But was James' performance enough to move him past the reigning Heisman winner?
Ingram only had 15 touches against the Gators, but that stat is a bit misleading: He only saw the ball six times after he scored his second touchdown in 'Bama's rout, and let's not forget that he had posted back-to-back 150-yard games the previous two weeks.
But what separates James and Ingram at this point in the season is Alabama's offense. The Tide are relying on the pass more than in 2009, and while backfield mate
While Ducks QB
And it's for those reasons that James has -- for this week -- passed Ingram as the lead runner in the Heisman Watch.
In racking up 494 yards against the Hoosiers, Robinson became the first player in FBS history with two games with 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing in the regular season -- and he's done it in a span of four weeks. But Shoelace's candidacy is about to be put to the test as the Wolverines begin a grueling three-game stretch against Michigan State, Iowa and Penn State -- the first of which owns a defense that put a halt to
How's this for an exclamation point? To ice the Ducks' win over Stanford, James tore off a 76-yard touchdown run -- one of his 16 carries in the game's final 20:39 -- to bump his average to 178 yards per game. But if you think those numbers are gaudy, just wait until he faces a Washington State defense that ranks 117th against the run and gives up more than 250 yards per game.
Just like his team's standing in the AP poll, this Bronco was passed by Oregon. In Moore's defense there wasn't much more he could have done to improve his standing against the winless Aggies, who Boise outscored 208-7 in their last four meetings. The junior was pulled five minutes into the third quarter after throwing his third TD pass. He improved to 30-1 as a starter.
Though he reached 100 yards rushing in a game for this sixth time in his career, Pryor headed to the locker room early with a strained quadriceps. He returned, but his limited abilities were instantly felt by the Buckeyes; he led the clinching drives, but he accounted for 30 total yards as OSU went with
He hit the end zone twice against Florida, but he wasn't asked to shoulder much of a load as his 12 carries were the fewest in his last 11 SEC games. The performance won't hurt his Trophy candidacy, but considering he's already missed two games and he's being held to a higher standard as a returning Heisman winner, Saturday's showing didn't help his chances.
After Newton ran 75 times during the first four games, head coach
Though Luck and the Cardinal managed to do fine without
Mallett got a weekend off, but he still ranks as the SEC leader in passing and total offense and third nationally in the latter. While he failed to capitalize on a showcase game against Alabama his last time out, he'll have another chance in two weeks against Auburn. That is, so long as he doesn't suffer another setback against Texas A&M and its 14th-ranked defense.
The Tigers are the most confounding 5-0 team in the land, but don't hold that against Peterson; he's the most dominant player on their sixth-ranked defense, as well as a dangerous return man. However, he was held back by the Volunteers, who rank 100th in punt-return defense, with 30 yards on three attempts.
Moore isn't the only worthy candidate in the WAC. The triggerman of Chris Ault's pistol offense has always been able to run, but what makes him so intriguing is his improved passing game. He's completing a career-best 69.9 percent of his passes and is on pace to join former Missouri QB