November 17, 2011
Over the course of the last five days, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has been tabbed as the possible current favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Plenty of informed observers - like Rivals.com's Olin Buchanan (Week 11: What we learned) - have named Weeden as the front-runner, ahead of Stanford's Andrew Luck.
According to what may be the most accurate source in tracking the Heisman race, Weeden may still have work to do.
Where it gets interesting is the why of it all. Weeden has the lead in first-place votes among the 13 voters. He's not the overall top choice, though, because he failed to appear on four ballots at all. Had he gotten just two second-place and two third-place votes from those four voters, he would be in the straw poll lead over Luck.
While the sentiment among the public at-large that Weeden has taken over the lead in the Heisman race, the straw poll might indicate he has some work to do with those holding Heisman ballots.
The good news for the senior is that he has two more high-profile chances to impress, starting with a Friday-night, ESPN game against Iowa State.