2014 Heisman Power Rankings: Trevone Boykin Makes His Case

The Heisman had become a two-horse race between Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott, but TCU's Trevone Boykin has added his name to that elite list at the top.

He led the Horned Frogs to a dominating win over Kansas State and has them ranked No. 4 in the country. With just a few weeks left on the schedule, who else can elevate themselves and join Boykin, Mariota, and Prescott at the top of the list?


10) Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

Previously Ranked: NR

Last Week: Bye

Up Next: Sat. at Wisconsin

Season Stats: 1,250 rushing yards, 17 TDs, 6.7 YPC

Abdullah hurt his knee in the Cornhuskers win over Purdue two weeks ago, but he's expected to be on the field against the Badgers on Saturday. Abdullah has a chance to greatly improve his Heisman stock if he outperforms Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, another candidate.

9) Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

Previously Ranked: NR

Last Week: 387 passing yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs in 48-14 win at Oklahoma

Up Next: Bye

Season Stats: 2,421 passing yards, 21 TDs, 3 INTs

Petty played his way back into Heisman relevancy with a dominating performance against a good Oklahoma team. He only threw for one touchdown, but he was the biggest reason why the Bears were able to move the ball up and down the field. With only three games left, Petty is going to have to put up some really impressive numbers to become a serious candidate.

8 ) Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

Previously Ranked: 9

Last Week: Bye

Up Next: Sat. vs. Florida State

Season Stats: 1,213 rushing yards, 9 TDs, 7.7 YPC – 273 receiving yards, 2 TDs

Miami got an extra week to prepare for Florida State, and they used it to try and find more ways to get Duke Johnson the ball. He'll immediately become a Heisman favorite if he can lead the 'Canes past the Seminoles.

7) J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State

Previously Ranked: NR

Last Week: 300 passing yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs - 86 rushing yards, 2 TDs in 49-37 win at Michigan State

Up Next: Sat. at Minnesota

Season Stats: 2,156 passing yards, 26 TDs, 7 INTs - 582 rushing yards, 8 TDs

Barrett was phenomenal in his toughest test to date, shredding one of the country's best defenses on the road. He's brought Ohio State back into the College Football Playoff picture, but only has one big game left to really make a statement to Heisman voters in the Big 10 title game. Barrett's performance threw him into the mix, but he needs to prove he can do it again against a good team before he becomes a more serious candidate.

6) Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Previously Ranked: 7

Last Week: 261 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs - 16 rushing yards, 1 TD in 34-20 win over Virginia

Up Next: Sat. at Miami

Season Stats: 2,540 passing yards, 17 TDs, 11 INTs

Winston's turnovers are becoming an issue, but he's still come up big when his team has needed it. Florida State hasn't lost a game with Winston under center, and that continues to elevate his Heisman status. As long as the Seminoles keep winning, Winston will stay in the Heisman hunt.


5) Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Previously Ranked: 3

Last Week: 8 catches, 83 yards, 1 TD in 20-13 OT win at LSU

Up Next: Sat. vs Mississippi State

Season Stats: 62 receptions, 1,215 yards, 10 TDs

Cooper looked human for the first time all season against the Tigers with a few uncharacteristic drops, but he still looked like the best player on the field. However, he needs to produce gaudy numbers to win the Heisman as a receiver, and he has another chance to do so against Mississippi State's dominant defense.

4) Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Previously Ranked: 5

Last Week: 205 rushing yards, 1 TDs in 34-16 win at Purdue

Up Next: Sat. vs. Nebraska

Season Stats: 1,501 rushing yards, 19 TDs, 7.6 YPC

Gordon has become a Heisman contender with outstanding performances against bad teams, but he has a chance to prove himself this week against Nebraska. The Badgers heavily rely on Gordon's play, so he'll get plenty of chances to prove himself Saturday.


3) Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU

Previously Ranked: 4

Last Week: 219 passing yards, 1 TD, 0 INT – 123 rushing yards, 3 TDs in 41-20 win vs. Kansas State

Up Next: Sat. at Kansas

Season Stats: 2,691 passing yards, 23 TDs, 4 INTs – 546 rushing yards, 7 TDs

Boykin played like a man possessed against the Wildcats and dominated the game from start to finish, putting himself in serious Heisman contention in the process. No one had much against Kansas State's defense prior to last weekend, and Boykin passed that test with flying colors. TCU doesn't have another big game on their schedule, so Boykin is going to have to have more huge statistical performances to move up the rankings.

2) Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

Previously Ranked: 2

Last Week: 206 passing yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs – 54 rushing yards, 1 TD in 45-16 win over UT-Martin

Up Next: Sat. at Alabama

Season Stats: 2,231 passing yards, 18 TDs, 7 INTs – 779 rushing yards, 11 TDs

Prescott played well in limited time against UT-Martin, but he's clearly the No. 2 guy in the Heisman race right now. He has a chance to overtake Marcus Mariota again with a good performance and a victory over Alabama, and if he does that, I think he'll hold on to that top spot for the rest of the season.

1) Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Previously Ranked: 1

Last Week: 239 passing yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs – 114 rushing yards, 1 TD in 51-27 win at Utah

Up Next: Bye

Season Stats: 2,780 passing yards, 29 TDs, 2 INT – 524 rushing yards, 8 TDs

Mariota looked like the best player in the country against Utah, as he was able to do whatever he wanted to against the Utes' defense. The Ducks have two games left against bad Colorado and Oregon State teams before the Pac-12 Championship Game, which will be his last chance to really make a statement. Mariota's in first because of his consistently great play, but if Prescott comes out and performs against the Crimson Tide, he's going to need to have another big game against a good team to win the Heisman.

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