Heisman Watch Week 8: Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd drop out of mix after crucial losses

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As teams in the AP top 10 began to fall this week, so did their Heisman contenders.

Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, who needed to win every game with his soft schedule, was the first to drop out after an upset loss to Central Florida. Clemson’s Tajh Boyd followed suit. Other potential candidates – Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and South Carolina running back Mike Davis – also suffered upset losses and found themselves on the outside of Heisman Watch looking in.

But their failures mean opportunities for other deserving players, who had been close to cracking the Heisman Watch in the past and now have their opportunity.

Here’s Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Watch for Week 9:

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

What can we say about Mariota that hasn’t already been said? The young man is special. He threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns and he also rushed for a score, which continued his streak of having a passing and rushing touchdown in each game this season. If there was one negative, it’s that he fumbled the ball, which was his first turnover of the season.

Stats:

Comp %:
62.4
Yards:
2,051
TD:
19
INT:
0
Rush Yds.:
493
TD:
9

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.

Winston had the tough task of going up against another Heisman candidate in Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and he ran the senior off the field. Winston threw for 444 yards, three touchdowns and led his team to a definitive 51-14 win over the No. 3 team in the country. The game, one of the biggest in ACC history, started with two Heisman candidates and finished with one.

Stats:

Comp %:
71.3
Yards:
1,885
TD:
20
INT:
3
Rush Yds.:
137
TD:
3

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Manziel falls a spot this week and it’s probably not fair. Manziel did all he could to lead his team to a come-from-behind win against Auburn – even coming back from what looked like a wicked shoulder injury – but it wasn’t enough to overcome his team’s poor defense. Manziel did, however, throw two interceptions in the game, including one that led to a field goal.

Stats:

Comp %:
73.3
Yards:
2,289
TD:
18
INT:
7
Rush Yds.:
486
TD:
6

Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon St.

Mannion is the best quarterback no one is talking about. He leads the country with 427.4 passing yards per game and 2,992 passing yards overall. He also leads the country in total offense with 414.3 yards per game. His connection with receiver Brandin Cooks is one of the best in the country. Of course, Mannion has done all this against a weak schedule. We’ll see if he has any real Heisman staying power when he faces No. 8 Stanford next week.

Stats:

Comp %:
66.5
Yards:
2,992
TD:
29
INT:
3
Rush Yds.:
-92
TD:
0

Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor

Say all you want about Baylor’s schedule – and there’s not much good to say – but Seastrunk’s yards per carry are hard to ignore. Currently, he is averaging 9.16 yards per carry. Yes, Seastrunk is good for almost a first down every carry and that is insane. He rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries against Iowa State, his sixth 100-yard rushing game (of seven games).

Stats:

YPC:
9.2
Rush Yards:
760
Rush TD:
18
Rec. Yards:
0
Rec. TDs.:
0