If he can guide his team to two more victories, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden could end up holding the Heisman Trophy.
The 28-year-old senior is already climbing up the list of candidates. He certainly has the talent and numbers. Through 10 games, he has thrown for 3,635 yards and 31 touchdowns in helping the Cowboys a No. 2 ranking.
His big game against Texas Tech — 31 of 37 passes for 423 yards and five touchdowns — combined with losses by a few key teams, seemed to push him into the conversation.
"The young man was absolutely flawless," Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He looked like he was the offensive coordinator out there on the field."
It helps when you have one of the nation's best wide receivers, Justin Blackmon, to throw to and one of the nation's top-performing running backs, Joseph Randle. But Weeden is clearly the player that really makes OSU's offense go.
His main competition for the Heisman appears to be Houston's Case Keenum, who tops Weeden's passing numbers by about 300 yards and six touchdowns but plays on a lesser team, Stanford's Andrew Luck, Alabama's Trent Richardson and Oregon's LaMichael James.
Luck has been the favorite all season, but Stanford lost badly to Oregon on Saturday. Weeden, meanwhile, plays for an undefeated team. If OSU keeps winning, Weeden could pass him.
"He's a very good player and continues to get better each week," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said."... As long as he does that, he will have an enormous amount of success from this point on, and I would think for a number of years in the NFL."
What about Klein?
Collin Klein probably has no shot at the Heisman, but he could wind up in third on a few ballots if K-State finishes with 10 wins. The junior quarterback leads the nation with 24 rushing touchdowns and has 2,513 total yards. He was named conference offensive player of the week after leading the Cats past Texas A&M in four overtimes.
Lone Star Struggles
It's probably hard to find many smiles in Lubbock or College Station right now. Both Texas cities are home to disappointing football teams. At Texas Tech, everything looked great a few weeks ago. The Red Raiders had stunned Oklahoma on the road and were one win shy of bowl-eligibility. They haven't been competitive since.
At Texas A&M, the Aggies started the year in the top 10 and envisioned themselves challenging for a national championship in their final Big 12 season. Today, they are 5-5. A 53-50 loss at K-State was their fourth excruciating loss of the year. Aside from a blowout defeat at Oklahoma, Texas A&M has blown double-digit leads in the second half of all its losses.
Henry Josey, who led the conference in rushing at Missouri, and Texas RB Fozzy Whittaker both suffered season-ending injuries in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday. They join Big 12 RBs Dominique Whaley, Eric Stephens and Christine Michael on the inactive list.
This week's games
Must-see: Kansas State at Texas, Oklahoma at Baylor
Worth watching: Texas Tech at Missouri, Oklahoma State at Iowa State
If you're desperate: Kansas at Texas A&M
1. Oklahoma State (10-0, 7-0 Big 12)
Bedlam can't get here soon enough
2. Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1)
Hoping for a BCS bowl invite
3. Kansas State (8-2, 5-2)
Hoping for a Cotton Bowl invite
4. Texas (6-3, 3-3)
Left Missouri injured and demoralized
5. Baylor (6-3, 3-3)
It will be back-to-back bowls for the Bears
6. Missouri (5-5, 3-4)
Catching Texas Tech at the right time
7. Texas A&M (5-5, 3-4)
Double-digit leads are kryptonite to Aggies
8. Iowa State (5-4, 2-4)
One upset needed for a bowl game
9. Texas Tech (5-5, 2-5)
Outscored 159-33 since beating OU
10. Kansas (2-8, 0-7)
Will Jayhawks go 0-9 in Big 12?