The race for the Heisman Trophy is heating up, with five strong candidates vying for the most prestigious honor in college sports.
There are some solid contenders who might make a better case in the upcoming weeks, such as Matt Barkley and Robert Woods of USC, as well as Trent Richardson of Alabama, Russell Wilson of Wisconsin, and LaMichael James of Oregon.
But for now, it comes down to these five:
Robert Griffin III (QB/Baylor) - After two games, Griffin's quarterback rating is through the roof at 244.5 and is the clear NCAA leader in the category. Griffin was spectacular in Baylor's upset victory over 14th-ranked TCU, and his name is gaining more recognition since the start of the season. The junior currently has eight touchdown passes and no interceptions, and has only thrown eight incompletions. Meanwhile, Griffin has been effective with his quarterback runs, having rushed for 116 yards on 18 carries.
Landry Jones (QB/Oklahoma) - The top ranked Sooners outlasted fifth-ranked Florida State last week in Tallahassee, and that might be the biggest test Jones will face this season. Though he threw for just 199 yards, and had two interceptions, it was Jones's 37-yard touchdown strike in the fourth quarter that lifted Oklahoma to the hard-fought victory. Jones put up huge numbers against Tulsa, and should continue to garner attention considering he's the lead offensive weapon on the best football program in the nation.
Marcus Lattimore (RB/South Carolina) - South Carolina has a star in Lattimore who is running all over the place in the first three weeks of the season. He has been the main offensive force for the Gamecocks this season, and there is no way they would be 3-0 without him. Because of his value to South Carolina, Lattimore might vault ahead of the other candidates should he maintain his pace of rushing for 6.1 yards a carry.
Andrew Luck (QB/Stanford) - The probable first pick in the NFL Draft is having an excellent season, despite a somewhat subpar effort against San Jose in Week One. Luck has improved with two lopsided victories for the Cardinal on the road. So far he has eight touchdown passes, and only one interception. He is on pace to put up numbers that will make him the favorite to win the Heisman, but Stanford will need to live up to expectations for him to hold on to his lead.
Kellen Moore (QB/Boise State) - After defeating Georgia, it's smooth sailing for Boise State, until they meet TCU in November. That's good news for Moore, who has completed nearly 79 percent of his passes, and is coming off a 455-yard effort against Tulsa. Boise State has an excellent chance of playing for the National Championship and should Moore lead them to a perfect season, the senior will be the favorite if his statistics are as good as they were the last two seasons.