Posted: 3:31 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
By Jack Follman
There is only one week of college football in the books, but the Heisman race has already begun and most of the Pac-12's serious candidates made their opening statements this weekend. Using up-to-date odds from Bovada, here is where the Pac-12's leading Heisman candidates stand after the first weekend of play.
Marcus Mariota QB Oregon - 8/1
Mariota picked up right where he left off in 2012, by putting together an epic game of passing and rushing - throwing for 234 and rushing for 115 on just five carries while totaling three touchdowns. The Ducks also did just what they needed to do by obliterating Nicholls State. Mariota looks like the clear frontrunner in the Pac-12 race at the moment.
De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon - 15/1
Thomas had a game just about as impressive as Mariota's against Nicholls State with a 100-yard plus rushing day and two touchdowns and he might end up going neck-and-neck with his teammate if the Ducks offense can keep rolling the way that it looks like it will.
Marqise Lee WR USC - 33/1
Lee was the leading Pac-12 returning vote-getter from 2012, but might end up falling behind the Oregon guys if the Trojans are underwhelming again in 2012. Lee will also have to deal with two young Trojan quarterbacks who might not be able to get him the ball as easily as Matt Barkley did. Still, he was able to rack up more than 100 yards against Hawaii.
Kevin Hogan QB Stanford - 33/1
Hogan had the week off, but the buzz is still there for Hogan as long as the Cardinal can fulfill their high expectations.
Brett Hundley QB UCLA - 50/1
Hundley did just about all he could to make sure that he is part of the Heisman race this year in his opening game as he led the Bruins to a blowout of Nevada. He had more than 300 total yards and scored four touchdowns while showing that the Bruins offense can roll without Johnathan Franklin.
Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona - 66/1
Carey held up the start of his campaign by getting suspended for Arizona's opener against Northern Arizona which, along with causing bad press, will hurt his overall numbers since he cost himself the chance to pick up huge numbers on the ground against an FCS squad.