After Week 8 of college football, the Heisman Trophy candidate pool has stayed the same for the most part, but there is one candidate who has gotten back into the race.
Week 8 of college football was filled with arguably the most exciting game of the season as No. 2 Florida State triumphed over No. 5 Notre Dame, 31-27.
There was also a major upset that featured No. 4 Baylor losing to West Virginia, and No. 11 Oklahoma was all but knocked out of national title contention with a loss to No. 14 Kansas State.
The Heisman race was shaken up a little bit as Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty struggled in Baylor’s loss.
Here are the five best candidates for the Heisman Trophy as of Week 8.
5. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
Abdullah finds himself in the Heisman race again after having a monster game against Northwestern in a 38-17 win, and the Cornhuskers are now 6-1. Their production on offense has come mostly from Abdullah, and he rushed for 146 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries against the Wildcats.
If Nebraska continues to be a Big Ten contender, Abdullah will easily make it to the ceremony in New York if he has more games with big numbers.
Stats: 161 carries, 1,024 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns; 11 receptions, 143 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns