NFP Heisman Watch

Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson suffered his second straight loss, Robert Griffin III couldn’t help Baylor deliver an upset in Stillwater against Oklahoma State and Houston’s Case Keenum is still tossing touchdowns against Rice.

It was a wild Week 9 in the Heisman Trophy race. But as we head into Week 10, the list of leading contenders has dwindled.

So which star players have the edge for the hardware after nine weeks of the season?

Here are the names to monitor as we enter Week 10:

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: The prohibitive Heisman favorite threw a pick-six against USC, but the junior bounced back nicely and established himself as the candidate to beat by leading four late scoring drives for Stanford in its 56-48 triple-overtime victory over the Trojans on Saturday night. Luck threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a key score, and he completed 10 straight passes down the stretch on the team’s final drive of regulation. The Cardinal extended the nation’s longest winning streak to a school-record 16 games, and Luck is now 28-5 as a starter. He’ll have an even brighter spotlight when he faces off against Oregon and Notre Dame. But Saturday night’s performance was certainly Heisman-worthy.

2011: 2,218 yards, 71.9 %, 23 TDs and 4 INTs

Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State: Moore and the Broncos had a bye this past week and will travel to UNLV this weekend. The Rebels have the nation’s 10th-worst passing defense, so the senior signal-caller could have a field day against the Mountain West foe. With 45 career wins as a starter, Moore is tied with former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy for the most wins all-time by a college quarterback. He also has 123 career touchdown passes. But will voters factor in his weaker schedule, especially down the stretch?

2011: 2,010 yards, 76.3 %, 24 TDs and 5 INTs

Trent RichardsonICONTrent Richardson will have the national stage this weekend against LSU.

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: The junior workhorse and the Crimson Tide were off this past weekend, and they’re getting set to battle top-ranked and SEC West rival LSU on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. With his rare combination of power and speed, the tough-nosed runner is positioned as the best non-QB in this race. And he could become the player to beat with a big game against the Tigers.

2011: 149 rushes for 989 yards and 17 TDs; 18 receptions for 212 yards and 1 TD

Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: After Jones took a step back in this race with OU’s shocking home loss to Texas Tech, the veteran signal-caller put up huge numbers this past weekend as OU handed Kansas State its first loss. He threw for 505 yards and 5 touchdowns in the 58-17 win, recording his sixth straight game with at least three scoring passes. He notched his seventh 350-plus yard game of the season, giving Jones a shot at the Heisman hardware even if the Sooners’ BCS national championship game aspirations have taken a hit.

2011: 3,094 yards, 66.5 %, 26 TDs and 9 INTs

Case Keenum, QB, Houston: A week after becoming the FBS career leader in total offense, Keenum became the all-time FBS leader in touchdown passes as the Cougars remained unbeaten with a 73-34 win over Rice. The sixth-year senior finished with a career-high nine scoring passes, and he has thrown more touchdown passes in his last three games than 29 FBS teams have thrown all season. He is set to grab the major college football career record for passing yards and remains a legit Heisman contender in Kevin Sumlin’s offense.

2011: 3,219 yards, 71.9 %, 32 TDs and 3 INTs

David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech: The one constant of the Hokies’ offense this fall has been Wilson, who rushed for 148 yards in Virginia Tech’s sloppy 14-10 victory over Duke. The 5-10, 205-pound junior is the ACC’s leading rusher and recorded his sixth straight 100-yard game against the Blue Devils. He has hit triple digits eight times this season and should net some consideration for this hardware.

2011: 187 rushes for 1,185 yards and 7 TDs; 16 receptions for 99 yards and 1 TD

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