At the moment, the current Heisman standings look like:
- Collin Klein
- Kenjon Barner
- A.J. McCarron (will drop)
- Manti Te'o
- Braxton Miller
- Johnny Manziel (will jump)
- Marquis Lee
- Tajh Boyd
- Teddy Bridgewater
Miller (So.), Manziel (RS Fr.), Lee (So.) and Bridgewater (So.) are the underclassmen on this list. The way the Heisman race is shaping up right now, I think Miller and Manziel will both end up getting invites to New York, with Collin Klein most likely taking home the hardware. Next season, however, Miller and Manziel will be the preseason favorites, so I thought I'd take this time to compare the two this season.
Johnny Football (10 games):
227/336, 67.6% completion, 2780 yards, 18 TDs, 6 INTs
156 carries, 1,014 yards, 6.5 YPC, 15 TDs
Braxton Miller (10 games):
124/218, 56.9% completion, 1753 yards, 14 TDs, 6 INTs
184 carries, 1166 yards, 6.3 YPC, 13 TDs
Both players are on young teams that are expected to get even better next season, and both shoulder an outrageous percentage of their team's offensive production. The future of college football is as bright as ever. It's going to be exciting to see these two duke it out for the Heisman for possibly the next two seasons. What do you guys think will make the difference on whom win it?
Putting my bias aside, I think I might have to give the edge to Manziel at this point. Obviously Braxton is the superior runner, but Manziel seems to be a much better passer. Also, Manziel has had to play a tougher schedule than Braxton, losing only to #24 Florida, and #6 LSU by less than 6 pts both times (beating #23 La Tech, #15 Miss. State, #1 'Bama).
Edit: Thanks Triv and KareemAbdulJacobb for pointing out my errors.