Recently HeismanPundit.com released their weekly Heisman Race update and Florida State’s Jameis Winston was on the top of the ballet. He had six of the ten first place votes and a total 22 points. Johnny Manziel was in second place with three first place votes and 20 points total. Heisman Pundit surveys ten Heisman voters each week in their straw pole. Marcus Mariota of Oregon, Bryce Petty of Baylor and AJ McCarron of Alabama round out the top five. Last week Mariota was in first place until the Ducks lost to the Stanford Cardinals last Thursday night.
In the school of thought on discussing who is the top of any award or which team is gearing up for the championship, the last winner should always be the favorite until they are knocked off the mountain. What Manziel is more impressive than Jameis Winston for the Seminoles. Taking nothing away what Winston has done thus far in his freshmen season, he has done a remarkable job reviving a school that has been seen as a fraud late in seasons in terms of being a BCS contender. While you can respect what he is doing, the ACC conference isn’t up to par with the SEC which provides the National Champion year in and year out since 2006. The last school outside of the SEC to win the National Championship was the University of Texas or TU as the 12th man would call them.
Outside of the University of Clemson, Florida State doesn’t have much opposition in their conference. As seen on national television, the Tigers didn’t offer up much of a fight. The Aggies are in a dog fight with Alabama and Auburn to represent the West in the SEC Championship game in a few weeks in Atlanta, Georgia. The Aggies have played both Alabama and Auburn with little avail, however they are on a higher level than anyone in the ACC. The Aggies were able to get within a touchdown of the two-time defending National Champions giving them their toughest challenge of the season. Manziel was able to throw for 464 yards with five touchdowns and ran for another 98 yards.
Before people start anointing a freshman the Heisman front runner, remember that Johnny Manziel is still playing football for the Fighting Texas Aggies.