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Alabama running back Trent Richardson had a career game in the Tide’s 52-7 win at Ole Miss, with 183 yards rushing and four touchdowns. The last score was a 76-yard run that will go down as one of the best of the season and be the centerpiece of Richardson’s Heisman campaign.

Richardson blew through several Rebels at the line, sprinted into the open, then used a stutter-step to collapse the last defender with a chance to keep him from the end zone.

The run prompted longtime Mississippi sports writer Rick Cleveland of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson to tweet: “Trent Richardson reminds me of Walter Payton. There, I’ve said it.”

Cleveland knows a thing or two about Sweetness. He covered the Bears’ Hall of Fame running back in high school and in college at Jackson State.

When it comes to jaw-dropping plays, Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins might lead the country.

The freshman receiver had the best game of his already spectacular career, gaining a school-record 345 all-purpose yards in the Tigers’ 56-45 victory against Maryland.

The last of Watkins’ three touchdowns was an 89-yard kickoff return that came right after the Terps had regained the lead and put Clemson ahead to stay in the fourth quarter.

Watkins has a chance to be the first freshman to win the Heisman.

As for Moore, the senior is having another tremendous season. He’s thrown 21 touchdown passes for No. 5 Boise State.

But the Broncos will be harder to find on television this season in the Mountain West Conference. No more of those Friday night league games on ESPN they so often played in the Western Athletic Conference. It might be time for some of that signature Boise State trickery.

Moore caught a 7-yard TD pass against in a 49-20 victory against Louisiana Tech last year, on the way to finishing fourth in the Heisman voting.

He might need to work on his post patterns this year.


One non-Heisman voters, halfway Heisman ballot _ with the understanding that Luck and Wilson haven’t played enough big games yet to make the top three.

1) Trent Richardson, Alabama. Fourth in nation in rushing and second in touchdowns, playing in an offense that doesn’t pose a great threat throwing the ball.

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