Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston talks to a (Credit: AP / Mark Wallheiser)

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston talks to a teammate prior to an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

Heisman Trophy watch 2014

A look at the possible candidates for the 2014 Heisman Trophy. Check back here every week for updates.

1. DAK PRESCOTT, QB, Mississippi State, Junior

Dak Prescott?s season stats: 96-156, 1,478 yards, 14
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Dak Prescott’s season stats: 96-156, 1,478 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs; 106 carries, 576 yards, 8 TDs

Prescott and the top-ranked Bulldogs were off. They play Kentucky on Saturday. LAST WEEK: 1

2. MARCUS MARIOTA, QB, Oregon, Junior

Marcus Mariota?s season stats: 132-188, 1,957 yards, 19
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Marcus Mariota’s season stats: 132-188, 1,957 yards, 19 TDs; 56 carries, 289 yards, 5 TDs

Mariota had a nice game in No. 9 Oregon’s 45-20 win over Washington on Saturday, completing 24 of 33 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. The junior still is interception-free this season. LAST WEEK: 2

3. EVERETT GOLSON, QB, Notre Dame, Senior

Everett Golson?s season stats: 166-268, 1,996 yards, 19
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Everett Golson’s season stats: 166-268, 1,996 yards, 19 TDs, 6 INTs; 69 carries, 242 yards, 4 TDs

No. 5 Notre Dame fell to No. 2 Florida State on Saturday night despite a great showing from Golson. The senior completed 31 of 52 passes for 313 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. His final drive for the Fighting Irish was very impressive, and he showed poise all game long. It would have been a great “Heisman moment” had he completed the comeback, but the mere fact that he played well -- plus the chance for him to continue to prove himself against the other top teams remaining on Notre Dame’s schedule -- keeps him in the thick of the conversation. LAST WEEK: 3

4. MELVIN GORDON, RB, Wisconsin, Junior

Melvin Gordon?s season stats: 132 carries, 1,046 yards,
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Melvin Gordon’s season stats: 132 carries, 1,046 yards, 13 TDs; 6 catches, 27 yards, TD

Gordon and Wisconsin were off. The Badgers play Maryland on Saturday. LAST WEEK: 4

5. BO WALLACE, QB, OLE MISS, Senior

Bo Wallace?s season stats: 137-209, 1,899 yards, 17
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Bo Wallace’s season stats: 137-209, 1,899 yards, 17 TDs, 6 INTs; 67 carries, 122 yards, 2 TDs

Wallace was 13-of-28 for 199 yards and two touchdowns in No. 3 Ole Miss’ 34-3 win over Tennessee. As long as the Rebels continue their strong play, he’ll be in the running. LAST WEEK: 5

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6. JAMEIS WINSTON, QB, Florida State, Sophomore

Jameis Winston?s season stats: 149-211, 1,878 yards, 13
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Jameis Winston’s season stats: 149-211, 1,878 yards, 13 TDs, 6 INTs; 27 carries, 47 yards, 2 TDs

Winston showed why he deserves to stay in the Heisman conversation against No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday. The sophomore was 23-of-31 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and looked composed and focused as he led the No. 2 Seminoles to a 31-27 comeback win. However, continuous off-field issues mar his on-field resume. His most recent controversies include a school hearing regarding an alleged sexual assault in December 2012 and an investigation into whether or not he was paid for autographs being sold online. LAST WEEK: 6

DROPPED OUT

Georgia running back Todd Gurley drops out after
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Georgia running back Todd Gurley drops out after missing his second consecutive game while serving an indefinite suspension amid reports that he received money in exchange for autographs.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (pictured) Ameer Abdullah, RB,
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Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama (pictured)

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU

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