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Heisman race update

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston drops back to

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston drops back to pass during a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. (Nov. 9, 2013) Credit: Getty

Is the Heisman Trophy Jameis Winston’s to lose? Assuming a potential sexual assault charge isn’t levied before Heisman votes are due, it could be. Winston was masterful in Florida State’s 37-7 win over Florida, throwing for 327 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.

Winston, barring a complete meltdown, should cement his status as the front runner after next weekend's showdown with Duke in the ACC title game. As well as the Blue Devils have played this season, they have not seen a quarterback of Winston's caliber.

Alabama’s A.J. McCarron was efficient, throwing for 277 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions in the Crimson Tide’s stunning 34-28 loss at Auburn. But the Crimson Tide lost. And while McCarron shouldn’t be blamed entirely for it, his numbers, although good, weren’t overwhelming. It's also worth noting that Alabama had the ball inside the Auburn 25 twice in the final 8:28 but couldn't get a touchdown or a field goal. That, right or wrong, is going to fall on McCarron's shoulders.

With three losses and 13 interception entering last night's game against Missouri, it was hard to imagine Johnny Manziel winning the award for a second straight year. He didn't help himself as he threw for just 195 yards and 1 touchdown in the Aggies' 28-21 loss to the Tigers. While some voters are likely to still have some problems with his off-the-field issues, most will grade him on performance. And "Johnny Football" was a little below par this season.

Jordan Lynch made a strong case for himself to be considered after breaking his own rushing mark for quarterbacks with 321 yards in Northern Illinois' 33-14 win over Western Michigan. He ran for three scores and threw a TD pass in the win. Did he do enough to win? Not likely. But he will steal a few first place votes from the front runners.

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had a strong November, throwing for over 1,200 yards, 12 TDs and 4 INT. Unfortunately two of those interceptions came late in Saturday's 31-17 loss at South Carolina. Losing an important rivalry game like that is likely to keep him on the outside looking in...Baylor’s Bryce Petty further buried himself with a shaky 19-for-38, 206-yard, 2TD-1INT performance in a 41-38 win at TCU…Oregon’s Marcus Mariota completed just 50 percent of his passes and tossed two INTs in Friday’s 36-35 win over Oregon State. A late season slide was the last thing he needed…For the Braxton Miller fans who gave us the business for not including him in earlier Heisman stories, the Ohio State signal caller missed two games this season. But it is worth noting he had 286 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 42-41 win at Michigan…Boston College RB Andre Williams ran for just 29 yards and a touchdown in the Golden Eagles 34-31 loss at Syracuse. He left the game in the third quarter with an injury and didn't return…
 

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