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How the Top Heisman Candidates Rank Through Week 10

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Heisman Candidate Power Rankings

Top Heisman Candidate Rankings
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As we continue chugging along through this year’s college football season, the Heisman Trophy candidates are starting to separate themselves nicely. Come the end of the season I believe there will only be three players who can possibly win this award, but for the sake of argument, I’ll throw out a sleeper or two on this list who could possibly win it if the dominoes fall perfectly for them.

The Heisman race is a quarterback battle at this point. Last year’s first time ever freshman winner Johnny Manziel continues to show he very well could be worthy of back-to-back Heisman victories. Speaking of freshman stars, Florida State’s Jameis Winston is also one of the front-runners for the Heisman this season.

The No. 1 team in the nation, Alabama, is being led by the solid quarterback play of A.J. McCarron. Although he isn’t a favorite to win it, he should be in consideration. The best player in the nation plays for the Oregon Ducks. Marcus Mariota has been good from the first game of the season all the way until now. Finally, Bryce Petty is the biggest reason Baylor is in the top 10 right now. If you were to take Petty away, Baylor would be on quite the free-fall in the rankings.

Like I said above, only three players should be given a legitimate chance at winning the Heisman. However, the five players mentioned above are the top candidates through Week 10 for the award. Let’s look at how they rank from five to one.

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5. A.J. McCarron

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A.J. McCarron is my sleeper pick for the Heisman trophy. If Alabama runs the table again and wins another National Championship with McCarron as their quarterback then he's deserving of some Heisman votes.

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4. Bryce Petty

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Baylor wouldn't be anywhere near the top 10 if it wasn't for Bryce Petty. If Baylor finishes the season undefeated and they win the Big 12, then Petty will finish in the top three for the trophy.

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3. Johnny Manziel

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He hasn't been as spectacular to watch this season as he was last, but Johnny Manziel is still playing well enough to get some recognition for the Heisman Trophy. If Baylor and Bryce Petty stumble, then Manziel could very well finish in the top three for the Heisman.

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2. Jameis Winston

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Jameis Winston has Florida State thinking National Championship, but Winston himself should be thinking Heisman Trophy as well. If he can lead FSU over the U this Saturday, he could end up as the favorite to win the Heisman by the end of this weekend.

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1. Marcus Mariota

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Right now Marcus Mariota has Oregon second in the BCS. Even more than that, though, he is currently the best player in all of college football. I fully expect the Heisman to come down to either Mariota or Jameis Winston. So far through Week 10, Mariota still remains the best option to win the trophy.