The 2011 Heisman Trophy Presentation isn't until Dec. 10, but the Colorado schools have already seen their glimpses of a couple of Heisman hopefuls this season. The Colorado Buffaloes visited Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck in October, and the Air Force Falcons and the Colorado St. Rams each went up against Boise St. Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore.
Luck threw for a season-high 370 passing yards against the Buffs and also had three touchdown passes. Moore shredded the Rams for 338 passing yards on 26-of-30 passing and found the end zone for four touchdown passes. He then followed that up with 281 passing yards and three touchdowns against the Air Force Falcons. Certainly impressive feats for both players, but none of the three teams is of the highest quality this season. The Falcons figure to make a bowl game, though.
Over at SBNation.com, Bill Connelly believes that if the season ended on Nov. 2, the Heisman voters would give the award to Luck and place Moore at No. 5. However, on Connelly's ballot (which isn't real), Luck would be the runner-up to Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Moore would finish at No. 7.
Over at ESPN, the panel of experts polled there has Luck the winner ahead of Richardson while Moore comes in at No. 3. Richardson and Moore are separated by just six points, but Moore has a 25-point lead ahead of No. 4 Houston Cougars quarterback Case Keenum.
In 2010, Luck and Moore were finalists for the award, which went to Cam Newton.