Nothing is official yet and this could of course change in one weekend of football, but my prediction right now is that Johnny Manziel is basically out of the race for a repeat Heisman bid in 2013.
Currently the ESPN Experts poll has Manziel in the 3rd spot, with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and FSU’s Jameis Winston in the first and second spots, respectively.
It’s considered to be a two-man race at the moment, but we all know how a late season run by somebody can change that picture.
The losses by Texas A&M to Alabama and Auburn have basically moved Manziel to the back burner of Heisman conversation. Meanwhile, a few lesser known names have popped up as dark-horses right behind Johnny Football.
Oregon State’s Sean Mannion (FBS passing leader), Baylor’s Bryce Pety (putting up RG III-type statistics) and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gorgon (FBS rushing leader) are all names to keep an eye on down the stretch.