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College football is starting to enter the meaty part of the season, and it's where we start to discover the contenders and pretenders in the Heisman trophy race. There's always going to be the expected contenders like Johnny Manziel (who won the award last year) and players fighting to get their name into the picture like Lache Seastrunk for the Baylor Bears. Here is the Heisman Watch breaking down the stats of the best college players this week.

Rafael Canton is a freelance writer from Queens, NY and contributor to Sneaker Report. Anytime there is a conversation about the NBA, music, or nutella, he can be found in the thick of the discussion. He can be found on Twitter @RafelitoC7.

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No. 10 - A.J. McCarron for the Alabama Crimson Tide

Key Stats: 882 yards, 6 touchdowns
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McCarron put up an impressive performance against Johnny Manziel a couple of weeks ago with a 20-of-29 effort for 334 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions puts him in the conversation. His other performances including last week's 180 yard, no touchdowns, and one interception performance in a 25-0 win against Ole Miss is not too impressive. McCarron has to be a little bit more consistent in his performances to start making some more noise.

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No. 9 - Lache Seastrunk for the Baylor Bears

Key Stats: 417 yards, 6 touchdowns
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The Baylor Bears offense has been on fire this season. The key cog to their offense has been running back Lache Seastrunk. Seastrunk is currently averaging 11 yards per carry which puts him third in the nation in that stat. He has six touchdowns in just three games and has helped the Bears to first overall in points scored (69.7).

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No. 8 - Braxton Miller for the Ohio State Buckeyes

Key Stats: 406 yards, 6 touchdowns
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Braxton Miller completed 17-of-25 passes for 198 yards and four scores in his return to the lineup Saturday against Wisconsin. Despite missing two games due to injury, Miller has been good enough to be in consideration for the Heisman trophy. The 5-0 Ohio State Buckeyes and Miller will be looking to defeat #16 Northwestern on Saturday and extend their winning streak to 18.

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No. 7 - Brett Hundley for the UCLA Bruins

Key Stats: 1,059 yards, 9 touchdowns
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Brett Hundley has been really solid for UCLA. He's coming off of a 211 passing yard, one touchdown, and one interception performance in a 34-27 win for UCLA over the Utah Utes. UCLA is looking to continue their season unbeaten.

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No. 6 - Jameis Winston for the Florida State Seminoles

Key Stats: 1048 yards, 12 touchdowns
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Jameis Winston has been very good especially last week. He led the Seminoles to a 48-34 win over Boston College with 330 passing yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. The freshman quarterback has Florida State at 4-0 with an efficient 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions so far in just four games.

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No. 5 - Aaron Murray for the Georgia Bulldogs

Key Stats: 1,338 yards, 11 touchdowns
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Aaron Murray has faced some really strong competition recently. He has faced three top ten teams in the past four games and has successfully led Georgia to wins in two of those games. Murray has been solid with 11 touchdowns individually which will surely keep his name in the race.

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No. 4 - Teddy Bridgewater for the Louisville Cardinals

Key Stats: 1214 yards, 14 touchdowns
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Teddy Bridgewater has completed 72 percent of his passes, is tied for second in the country with 14 passing touchdowns, and is third in the country in passing efficiency. He's kept his name in the thick of the Heisman conversation, and his team is 4-0 which doesn't hurt.

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No. 3 - Tajh Boyd for the Clemson Tigers

Key Stats: 994 yards, 9 touchdowns
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If any player made a case this past week for the Heisman Trophy, it had to be Tajh Boyd. Boyd led the Tigers to a 56-7 throttling of Wake Forest. Through just three quarters of action the Clemson quarterback completed 17-of-24 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns. He also leads the Tigers in rushing at 69 yards with a rushing touchdown. Boyd didn't even play at the end of the game because of the big lead.

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No. 2 - Johnny Manziel for the Texas A&M Aggies

Key Stats: 1,489 yards, 14 touchdowns
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"Johnny Football" is always going to be in the discussion for the Heisman this season. After a successful win last season, he's followed it up with strong performances this season. Last week, Manziel went 23-for-30 with 261 yards passing and two touchdowns in the Aggies 45-33 victory over Arkansas, and he'll look to follow that up with a good performance against Ole Miss on saturday.

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No. 1 - Marcus Mariota for the Oregon Ducks

Key Stats: 1,003 yards, 9 touchdowns
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Mariota didn't have the best performance against California going just 11-for-25 with 114 passing yards. Mariota still will be in the conversation because of his teams record and the efficiency he's displayed. Mariota has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions with a sterling quarterback rating of 162.6.

Rafael Canton is a freelance writer from Queens, NY and contributor to Sneaker Report. Anytime there is a conversation about the NBA, music, or nutella, he can be found in the thick of the discussion. He can be found on Twitter @RafelitoC7.

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