Johnny Manziel might not have led Texas A&M to an upset victory over Alabama, but he did just about everything he could to make it so, passing for five touchdowns, 464 yards and rushing for 98 more. And all that against the Crimson Tide defense. Say what you will about not getting the victory here, but Manziel had two strong “Heisman moment” type plays here, despite them not panning out. If Manziel can rebound from the tough loss in the weeks to come, he should be just fine.
Tahj Boyd and Clemson had week three off, but his season thus far is simply hard to ignore. With three touchdowns each on the ground and through the air and a big, already season-defining victory against Georgia under his belt, Boyd seems to be in the Heisman discussion for the long-haul. Expect him to come out gunning in the Tigers’ ACC opener against NC State on Thursday.
Teddy Bridgewater was effective but quiet against Kentucky in week three, only passing for 250 yards and a touchdown. But Bridgewater didn’t make any mistakes and woke Louisville up when they started shakily against the Wildcats. For that, Bridgewater can continue to rest comfortably in the midst of the race, and prepare to fight the season-long battle for the trophy.
The start to AJ McCarron’s season was not as planned. Though Alabama won its first contest against Virginia Tech, the numbers weren’t there. Not so on Saturday against Manziel and Texas A&M, and though Johnny Football may have had the flashier performance, McCarron left College Station with the victory and, importantly, his statistics were as solid as they’ve ever been. McCarron tossed four touchdowns and recorded 334 yards passing in the win while completing 69 percent of his passes.
Marcus Mariota was just wicked against Tennessee on Saturday. It was a slow start for the Ducks, but just about as soon as Twitter turned everyone’s attention to the Vols’ early lead, Mariota and the Ducks made it disappear. Mariota finished the day with 456 yards passing, 27 yards rushing and five combined touchdowns. Mariota ruled a fantastic day for the Ducks and solidified his name in this race for the foreseeable future.
Others To Watch
Big numbers for the Badgers running back against Arizona State, but that’s a loaded back field he’s a member of.
Another 100-yard-plus game and a touchdown scored, but continues to be outdone by his own quarterback.
Has more touchdowns than incompletions through three weeks. Recalls the likes of Robert Griffin III and Geno Smith. One of those guys Winston would be wise to aspire to.