Heisman Poll Week 10

How did the LSU-Alabama game affect players' Heisman hopes? And where's Andrew Luck this week?

The "Game of the Year of the Century" came and went with mixed reviews, but one thing was for sure: fans watched. The game gave CBS its best rating for college football since 1989 as LSU topped the Crimson Tide by a score of 9 to 6. Heisman Candidate Trent Richardson accounted for more than half of 'Bama's total yardage as their leading rusher and receiver. But would it be enough for him to stay with the pack as we've seen RG3 and Russell Wilson fall recently after losses?

Here is what you'll see each week in the Bloguin Heisman Poll:

* The Top total vote getters and quotes from bloggers in support of their candidates
* A list of all players that receive votes in the Bloguin Heisman Poll
* Poll Notes that look at some of the interesting facts, figures, and trends of the poll
* The BHP Roll Call of voters, the links to their respective blogs and their Twitter accounts

Without any further adieu, the Bloguin Heisman Poll.

1) Andrew Luck (QB-Stanford) - 36 Points, 40.00%, 10 First Place Votes

Last Week BHP Ranking: #1
Last Week: 20/30, 206 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT, 28 yds rushing
Season: 194/272 (71.3%), 2424 yards, 26 TDs, 5 INT, 2 rush TD, 1 reception
This Week: vs #7 Oregon (8-1 Overall, 6-0 in Pac-12)

* There is no Heisman Trophy race this year. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has lost just one game in two years while completing 70% of his passes with 58 touchdowns. Alabama and LSU have no single player that is so dominant. Boise State's Kellen Moore plays a puny schedule. Luck is the most outstanding player in college football, the sure number one pick in next spring's draft, and a great representative of what the sport should be. He passed up big bucks in the NFL to finish his degree and play another year with his teammates, showing uncommon wisdom and grace to go along with phenomenal leadership skills. He's probably the best representative of the Heisman ideal to come along in a long while. - Dale Newton, The Duck Stops Here

* Seeing as how Trent Richardson really didn't do enough to pass Luck, he still gets the number one spot by default. As Bruce Feldman told us last week, without Luck, Stanford is an unranked team. The Oregon game can make or break his candidacy. - Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing

* Luck didn't have the flashiest game against Oregon State, but he did connect for TDs. He's up to 26 TDs against 5 INTs for the season, while hitting 71% of his passes. Luck will get another chance for a Heisman moment this weekend in prime time. If Stanford makes it past that one, the path for the Heisman could be clear for Luck. - Scott, Bearcats Blog

2) Case Keenum (QB-Houston)- 15 Points, 16.67%, 1 First Place Vote

Last Week BHP Ranking: #5
Last Week: 39/44 for 407 yds, 2 Passing TD, 2 Rushing TD, 0 INT
Season: 257/347 for 3626 yds (74.1%), 34 Passing TD, 2 Rushing TD 3 INT
This Week: at Tulane (2-8 Overall, 1-5 in C-USA)

* I don't think there's a player doing more for his team than Keenum is right now. It's one thing to lead the country in passing yards and touchdowns, which is what he's doing, when you're throwing the ball more than anyone else, but he's only fifth in the country in total passes. I never thought I'd see the day where I'd have him here, but I can't find anyone else more deserving. - Aaron Torres, Aaron Torres Sports

* I had Keenum at the top of my list to start the season. It may have been a bit facetious then, but now it's real. He's putting up the numbers and deserves the consideration. - Pete Sonski, College Football Zealots

* If you want stats, Keenum has it. If you want a winning team, he has that too. Now all he needs is some media hype. Come on, it's hard to argue against Keenum when he has 17,212 passing yards for his career and has led Houston to its first 9-0 start. - Ritch, Leftover Hot Dog

3) Trent Richardson (RB-Alabama) - 14 Points, 15.56%, 0 First Place Votes

Last Week BHP Ranking: #2
Last Week: 23 carries for 89 yards, 5 receptions for 80 yards
Season: 172 carries for 1078 yds, 6.27 ypc, 17 TD, 23 receptions, 1 rec TD
This Week: at Mississippi State (5-4 Overall, 1-4 in SEC)

* In his signature game, Richardson had 169 yards of Alabama's 295 yards of offense. He put Alabama in positions to win the game with field goals, or at least put them up. He did a lot, but he didn't do enough to win the game. And when you are talking about someone responsible for more than 50% of your offense and he does not directly give you any points, it is hard to say he would jump Luck after that performance. - Hamilton Riley, Lambeth Field

* I've been leading the Trent Richarson bangwagon since all the way back in five and this was the biggest week in Trent's Heisman campaign. Unfortunately for him and 'Bama, they came up short. Trent was "the" offense for Alabama in this game and he falls a bit for not being able to put his team over the top. I can't help but feel he was a little held back by the play calling and his teammates. - Kevin, College Football Zealots

4) Kellen Moore (QB-Boise St) - 11 Points, 12.22%, 1 First Place Vote

Last Week BHP Ranking: #3
Last week: 18 of 31 for 219 yds, 5 TD
Season: 192/259 (74.1%), 2229 yards, 29 TD, 5 INT
This Week: vs TCU (7-2 Overall, 4-0 in MWC)

* Coming up with a clear-cut number one at this point is impossible, but I'm still going with Moore. For an award that I think should reflect the role your play has had in helping your team win games, I'll take Moore. - Allen Kenney, Blatant Homerism

* Moore has turned into the Loch Ness Monster of college football; because of the Mountain West's TV deal, nobody sees him play anymore. Well, in 2011 he's just as good as ever before, with less help. - Aaron Torres, Aaron Torres Sports

5) Brandon Weedon (QB-Oklahoma State)- 7 Points, 7.78%, 0 First Place Votes

Last Week BHP Ranking: #4
Last Week: 36/46 for 502 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Season: 282/391 for 3212 yds (72.1%), 26 TD, 9 INT
This Week: at Texas Tech (5-4 Overall, 2-4 in Big 12)

* Brandon Weeden is slowly starting to get the recognition he has deserved all season as the Oklahoma State Cowboys' QB extraordinaire. With 3,212 passing yards, Weeden is poised, polished and ready to perform. He makes us glad we bet a few on OSU to be national champs when Vegas was giving 30-1 odds back in August. - Jamie Gilkey, Suns Stuff't

* It's not Brandon Weeden's fault that the Cowboys defense can't stop Kansas State's offense. Weeden would also become the oldest winner since Chris Weinke won it at the age of 42. - Tom Perry, Eye and Eer

Also Receiving Votes: Ryan Broyles (QB- Oklahoma) 3 points, Robert Griffin III (QB- Baylor) 3 points, Justin Blackmon (WR- Oklahoma State) 1 point
Dropped Out: David Wilson (RB- Virginia Tech)
New to the Poll: None
Returning to the Poll: Justin Blackmon (WR- Oklahoma State), Robert Griffin III (QB- Baylor)

Poll Notes

* The big movers this week in the poll were Trent Richardson and Case Keenum. Richardson moved down 13.77% after his teams loss and Keenum jumped from 5th to 2nd with a 11.34% gain.

* I know I sound like a broken record, but Andrew Luck was once again at the top of our poll for the sixth consecutive week. He's been in the Top 3 in every poll and he's now been number one in seven out of our 10 polls.

* Andrew Luck and Stanford face their toughest test of the season this week as they host the Oregon Ducks. Oregon is third in the Pac-12 in passing defense giving up 234.6 yards per game, which ranks them first in the nation. On the year, the Oregon defense has only given up 11 TDs through the air versus 10 INT.

* Case Keenum and his undefeated Cougars take on Tulane this week. Tulane is ranked 63rd in the nation in pass defense as they give up 227 yards per game and have given up 14 TD versus 10 INT.

* Trent Richardson and Alabama try to rebound as they play Dan Mullen and Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are 8th in the SEC in run defense giving up 161.2 yards per game. They give up 3.89 yards per carry, which ranks them 52nd in the nation.

* Kellen Moore and the Broncos of Boise State face one of their two toughest games of the year as they host the TCU Horned Frogs. TCU is 5th in the MWC giving up 225.2 yards passing per game. They got torched by RG3 in Week One as they gave up 414 yards and 6 TDs and in their other loss to SMU, they gave up 349 yards passing and 4 passing TDs.

* Brandon Weedon faces the number one passing defense in the Big 12 in Texas Tech as they give up 204.2 yards per game. Sometimes stats can be deceiving. Tech is so good against the pass because they can't stop the run, which is 9th in the conference at 249 yards given up per game.

* If you are looking for someone to keep an eye on this week, turn your attention to Thursday night and Virginia Tech against Georgia Tech. David Wilson is quietly the second leading rusher in the FBS (13 yards behind San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman). This is a big spotlight game for Wilson and it's huge for the Hokies' shot at the ACC. Georgia Tech is also not great against the run as they gave up 246 yards on the ground in a win against Maryland and gave up 272 in an upset loss to Virginia.

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