Week 10 saw significant movement to the rankings, including a new man at the top of the list after a crazy weekend of college football. There were also a pair of injuries that shock up the rankings and ended the college career of one of the most prolific passers in recent memory.
Here is a look at the top 20 candidates for the Heisman.
Off the list
Connor Halliday, senior, quarterback, Washington State: The college career of Halliday came to an end because of a broken ankle suffered early in the loss to USC. On the season, he completed 67.3 percent of his passes while leading the country in passing yards (3,873) and touchdowns (32).
Kevin White, senior, wide receiver, West Virginia: White wasn’t a huge weapon as the Mountaineers got beat 31-30 by TCU. In the loss, he caught just three passes for 28 yards. On the season, he has 75 receptions for 1,075 yards and eight touchdowns.
20. Jay Ajayi, junior, running back, Boise State: Ajayi and the Broncos had the week off to get ready for the stretch run in the Mountain West. On the season, he has registered 198 carries for 985 yards and 12 touchdowns as well as 37 receptions for 343 yards and two scores.
Up next for Ajayi and Boise State is a trip to face New Mexico.
19. Jared Goff, sophomore, quarterback, Cal: Goff continues to put up solid numbers for the resurgent California Golden Bears. In a 45-31 win over Oregon State, he threw for 277 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass. On the season, he has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 3,119 yards and 27 touchdowns against only four interceptions.
Up next for Goff and the Bears is a bye week before they travel to face the USC Trojans.
18. James Conner, sophomore running back, Pittsburgh: Conner had another huge performance to take over the rushing yardage lead in the nation as the Panthers fell to Duke 51-48. In the loss, he carried the ball 38 times for 263 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, he has registered 220 carries for 1,342 yards and 17 touchdowns as well as four catches for 30 yards.
Up next for Conner and the Panthers is an ACC matchup with against North Carolina.
17. Tevin Coleman, junior, running back, Indiana: Coleman had his most difficult game of the season as the Hoosiers got drilled 34-10 by the Michigan Wolverines. In the loss, he carried the ball 27 times for 108 yards. On the season, he has carried the ball 162 times for 1,300 and 11 touchdowns to go along with 17 catches for 140 yards.
Up next for Coleman and the struggling Hoosiers is a battle with Penn State.
16. Clint Trickett, senior, quarterback, West Virginia: Trickett wasn’t at the top of his game as the Mountaineers fell in heartbreaking fashion to the TCU Horned Frogs. In the 31-30 loss, he completed 15 of 26 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. On the season, he has completed 67.5 percent of his throws for 2,925 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Up next for Trickett and West Virginia is a showdown with Texas.
15. Devon Johnson, junior, running back, Marshall: Johnson and Marshall had the week off to prepare for one of the toughest games of the year. On the season, he has registered 1,203 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 137 carries to go along with two receiving scores.
Up next for Johnson and the Thundering Herd is a road test against Southern Mississippi.
14. Brett Hundley, junior, quarterback, UCLA: Hundley got it done with his arm and his legs as the Bruins beat Arizona 17-7. In the win, he completed 19 of 26 passes for 189 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown strike to Jordan Payton. He also carried the ball 24 times for a game-high 131 yards. On the season, he has completed 71 percent of his passes for 2,245 yards and 15 touchdowns to go along with 128 carries for 546 yards and five more scores.
Up next for Hundley and UCLA is a trip to Washington to face the Huskies.
13. Ameer Abdullah, senior, running back, Nebraska: Abdullah got injured early in the game as the Cornhuskers knocked off Purdue 35-14. In the win, he carried the ball six times for one yard before leaving the game with a knee injury. On the season, he has carried the ball 186 times for 1,250 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also has 13 catches for 169 yards and two scores.
It is still unclear as to how much time Abdullah will miss.
12. Devontae Booker, junior, running back, Utah: As the focal point of the offense, the Sun Devils keyed on Booker all night, but he still put up big numbers in the overtime loss. In the 19-16 defeat, he carried the ball 37 times for 146 yards and also caught two passes for six yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has registered 183 carries for 990 yards and eight touchdowns as well as 13 catches for 101 yards and a score.
Up next for Booker and the Utes is a matchup with Mariota and the Oregon Ducks.
11. Bryce Petty, senior, quarterback, Baylor: Petty had a solid night as the Bears destroyed the Kansas Jayhawks 60-14. In the win, he completed 15 for 27 passes for 277 yards, including touchdown passes of 72, 49 and 10 yards. On the season, he has completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 2,034 yards and 20 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He also has three touchdowns in the running game.
Up next for Petty and the Bears is a matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners.
10. Jameis Winston, sophomore, quarterback, Florida State: There was plenty of good and plenty of bad for Winston in the Seminoles come from behind victory over Louisville. In the win, he completed 25 of 48 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns as well as three costly interceptions. On the season, he has completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 2,279 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Up next for Winston and the Seminoles is a game against Virginia.
9. Bo Wallace, senior, quarterback, Mississippi: Wallace had a fantastic showing, but it wasn’t enough as the Rebels dropped a 35-31 result to Auburn. In the loss, he completed 28 of 40 passes for 341 yards, including touchdown passes of 10 and 50 yards. He also carried the ball 14 times for 56 yards and another score. On the season, he has completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 2,416 yards and 20 touchdowns to go along with 223 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Up next for Wallace and the Rebels is a game against Presbyterian.
8. Cody Kessler, junior, quarterback, USC: Kessler had another remarkable performance as the Trojans bounced back from a last second loss to beat up on Washington State 44-17. In the win, he went 21-for-32 for 400 yards, including touchdown passes of 22, 22, 87, 7 and 5 yards. On the season, he has completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 2,548 yards and 25 touchdowns with only two interceptions.
Up next for Kessler and the Trojans is a bye week before they face off with the Cal Bears.
7. Trevone Boykin, junior, quarterback, TCU: Boykin had his worst game of the season, but when you knock off ranked teams on the road, the numbers don’t matter that much. In a 31-30 win over West Virginia, he completed 12 of 30 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown to go along with nine carries for 49 yards and another score. On the season, he has completed 57 percent of his passes for 2,472 yards and 22 touchdowns with only four interceptions for the 7-1 Horned Frogs.
Up next for Boykin and TCU is a difficult game against Kansas State.
6. Amari Cooper, junior, wide receiver, Alabama: Cooper and the Crimson Tide had a week off to prepare for another brutal SEC showdown. On the season, he has registered 71 catches for 1,132 yards and nine touchdowns.
Up next for Cooper and Alabama is a battle with LSU.
5. Nick Marshall, senior, quarterback, Auburn: Marshall accounted for four touchdowns as the Tigers stunned the Ole Miss Rebels 35-31. In the win, he completed 15 of 22 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 10 carries for 50 yards and two more scores. On the season, he has completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,357 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also has 631 yards and nine touchdowns in the running game.
Up next for Marshall and the Tigers is a game with Texas A&M.
4. Everett Golson, senior, quarterback, Notre Dame: Golson was a touchdown machine as the Fighting Irish held on to top Navy 49-39. In the win, he completed 18 of 25 passes for 315 yards, including touchdown passes of 78, 2 and 4 yards. He also rushed for 33 yards and three scores against the Midshipmen. On the season, he has completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 2,311 yards and 22 touchdowns to go along with 272 yards and seven scores on the ground.
Up next for Golson and Notre Dame is a very tough game with Arizona State.
3. Melvin Gordon, junior, running back, Wisconsin: Gordon had another nice effort as the Badgers went on the road and crushed Rutgers 37-0. In the win, he carried the ball 19 times for 128 yards, including touchdown runs of 13 and 51 yards. For the season, he has totaled 173 carries for 1,296 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Up next for Gordon and the Badgers is a trip to Purdue.
2. Dak Prescott, junior, quarterback, Mississippi State: Prescott threw for his most yards on the season, but also threw two interceptions for the second time in three weeks as the Bulldogs narrowly escaped with a 17-10 victory over Arkansas. In the win, he completed 18 of 27 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown to go along with 13 carries for 61 yards. On the season, he has completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 2,025 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has also registered 725 yards and 10 touchdowns on 137 carries.
Up next for Prescott and the unbeaten Bulldogs is a matchup with Tennessee-Martin.
1. Marcus Mariota, junior, quarterback, Oregon: Mariota was in fine form as the Ducks blasted the Stanford Cardinal 45-16. In the win, he completed 19 of 30 passes for 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns to go along with nine carried for 85 yards and to more scores. On the season, he has completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 2,541 yards and 26 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He also has 410 yards and seven touchdowns on 71 carries in the running game.
Up next for Mariota and the Ducks is a trip to Utah to face the Utes.