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Johnny Manziel's Passing Numbers, NFL Draft Stock Continue To Increase





As Johnny Manziel‘s passing numbers improve, so to will his 2014 NFL Draft stock.

Now, the NFL was so obsessed with dual-threat quarterbacks last season, but professional teams are starting to realize that it’s always best to draft signal-callers for their arm and not their feet. With that being said, Manziel is following up his Heisman Trophy-winning freshman campaign with some passing statistics that are liable to blow your mind. The first of which is the fact that Johnny Football has thrown 22 touchdowns this year, and threw just 26 TDs in 2012.

On top of that, Manziel has gone for at least 400 passing yards three times this season, which is exactly what NFL scouts want to see. Without the ability to air it out, No. 2 would simply be an afterthought as his smaller stature would keep him away from the professional ranks. Moreover, the six-foot Drew Brees has excelled at the NFL level because he makes up for his minimal height with a cannon attached to his right shoulder. The Brees-Manziel comparison is going to be around from now until Johnny Football retires, so get used to it.

So, while rush-first quarterbacks were a hot commodity this time last season, it’s important for Manziel to keep slinging it if he hopes to be playing on Sunday’s anytime soon.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google.

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Louisville Cardinals' Loss Ruins Teddy Bridgewater's Heisman Trophy Hopes





College football isn’t fair.

The Louisville Cardinals were supposed to run the table this season with an easy schedule inside the less-than-stellar AAC, but that isn’t going to happen. Instead, the Central Florida Knights went into Louisville and upset the Teddy Bridgewater-led Cardinals despite being heavy underdogs. Heisman Trophy winners don’t lose games like this one as the Cardinals’ signal-caller was outmatched by Knights quarterback Blake Bortles.

To be honest; Bridgewater was a relative long-shot to win the Heisman this year, anyway.

Quarterbacks like Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Tajh Boyd were all outplaying Bridgewater, and more importantly; each QB was playing a much tougher schedule. Keep in mind that each of the last four Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks had at least one win over a top-6 ranked team.

See: Rant Sports Week 8 Official College Football Top 25 Rankings

Friday night will go down as one of the worst in Louisville’s history as the Cardinals’ perfect season and Bridgewater’s Heisman hopes were both thrown in the wash. At the end of the day; the Cardinals will have the last laugh over the Knights when Bridgewater is selected with either the first or second pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Until then, the Cardinals are forced to lick their wounds as the thought of what could have been will stick in their craw for months on end.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google.

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Battle Between Jameis Winston, Tajh Boyd Can't Come Quick Enough





The ACC is no longer a basketball-only conference.

Both Tajh Boyd and Jameis Winston have excelled in 2013, but only one of them has the chance of rattling off an undefeated season this year. As a senior, Boyd has been a driving force for the Clemson Tigers, while Winston has managed to enter the 2013 Heisman Trophy conversation as a redshirt freshman. The classic debate of senior leadership — Boyd — versus the new and shiny — Winston — is starting to gain some speed after both had historic Saturday afternoons.

Winston really set the tone for the Florida State Seminoles as they smashed the Maryland Terrapins to the tune of 63-0 to cap off Week 6. The Seminoles’ signal-caller threw for five touchdowns and 393 yards in just over three quarters of play. Meanwhile, Boyd also dazzled with over 350 pass yards and four pass touchdowns in just the first half of Clemson’s game versus the Syracuse Orange.

Related: Florida State, Jameis Winstno Put The Maryland Terps Back In Their Shell

With both of these ACC quarterbacks slinging it, the ultimate question is when will we see both Heisman Trophy hopefuls go head-to-head? The answer is October 19, as in Week 8.

Any college football fan worth his salts has this game circled on their calendar, considering it’s going to be the best ACC game of the year. Stay tuned to see if Winston’s already enormous legacy grows, or if the veteran Boyd sends the inexperienced Winston back to Florida with a loss.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google.

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Braxton Miller Quickly Reminds Ohio State Buckeyes Fans Who's Boss





It didn’t take very long for all of the Kenny Guiton fans in Columbus, Ohio to remember just how good Braxton Miller still is. In fact, Miller only needed four plays to give the Ohio State Buckeyes a seven-point led and win back the hearts of many OSU fans. Players like Miller don’t have the “Heisman Trophy Hopeful” tag attached to them for no reason, and the Buckeyes’ signal-caller showed that on Saturday.

After missing 11 quarters of play, Miller scored on his first drive back with a perfectly thrown 25-yard touchdown pass to Evan Spencer.

While I’ll be the first to admit that Miller needs to work on staying healthy, it takes a true moron to overlook Miller in favor of Guiton. At the end of the day, the dual-threat style of play that Miller brings to the table far outweighs Guiton’s skills as a pocket passer. Head coach Urban Meyer knows exactly what to do when it comes to Miller, considering Meyer was in charge of the Florida Gators when Tim Tebow was busy winning two BCS National Championships in the late 2000s.

Furthermore, the Buckeyes’ fan base can rest easy knowing that a healthy Miller is way more potent than Guiton, who should get used to his spot on the bench.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google.

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Devin Gardner's Turnover Habit Continues To Hold Michigan Wolverines Back





Sure, the Michigan Wolverines might be 4-0 and quarterback Devin Gardner really is electric, but if the Wolverines are to make any noise in the Big 10 this year, they must fix their quarterback and his turnover habit.

Gardner is a one of the most elusive players in the country, but if he continues to put the ball on the ground, then Brady Hoke‘s club will be lucky to finish higher than fifth in the Big 10 this season. I know that Michigan’s offense is all about the running attack, yet the fact that Gardner only threw for 111 yards in the Wolverines’ victory over the UCONN Huskies is downright scary.

Are the Ohio State Buckeyes really intimidated by a team with a fumbling signal-caller, who lacks the ability to throw the ball down the field? No.

Perhaps the most disappointing part about Gardner’s struggles is the fact Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has the ability to be one of the better backs in the county, but his production is masked by the turnover-riddled Gardner. Now, before you start defending Gardner for his highlight-reel style of play, keep in mind that the Wolverines’ quarterback has turned the ball over seven times in just eight quarters against the likes of Akron and UCONN.

Good luck when the Big 10 regular season starts, Michigan.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google.

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