The Kercheval Files: week nine Heisman power rankings

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We’ve just passed week eight and the Heisman race is heating up. The biggest story so far has been Cam Newton, who has established himself as the Heisman front runner. I know that, you know that and John Taylor definitely knows that.

Come to think of it, JT has been lovin’ him some Newton lately — with good reason, of course. The quarterback has been simply dominant in what is not only the toughest conference in college football, but the toughest division in the SEC West.

Still, the emails I’ve received from JT about the Auburn quarterback have been, for a lack of a better word, disturbing.

Here’s how Newton and the rest of the Heisman hopefuls stack up.

1) Cam Newton, QB Auburn (last week — #1)

2) LaMichael James, RB Oregon (last week — #2)

James was a big part of Oregon’s 60-13 rout of UCLA last Thursday night. The sophomore tallied 123 yards and two touchdowns, but his teammate, quarterback Darron Thomas, stole the show with his 300-yard performance. Still, James remains one of the most exciting players in the country and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.

3) Andrew Luck, QB Stanford (last week — #4)

Luck had a solid, but not great, day against Washington State, where the sophomore threw for 190 yards, three touchdowns an an interception. Luck has been relatively quiet the past few weeks, but he continues to prove that Stanford is more than just Toby Gerhart.

4) Kellen Moore, QB Boise State (last week — #3)

Boise had a bye this past weekend, but Moore will get a chance to prove he’s still in the Heisman discussion when the Broncos play a Tuesday night game against Louisiana Tech. For Moore, it’ll be an opportunity to throw up some video game-like numbers.

Just missed the cut, but keep your eye on ’em: Blaine Gabbert, QB Missouri, Nick Fairley, DT Auburn