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Johnny Manziel isn’t a true freshman like those two great running backs, he’s a redshirt freshman. But his scintillating performance in Texas A&M’s 29-24 upset of Alabama on Saturday has given him a legitimate chance to make Heisman history.

Manziel has been putting up Heisman-worthy numbers all season. He’s second in the nation in total offense at 379 yards per game and has accounted for 33 touchdowns.

But he was less-than-spectacular in losses to Florida and LSU, A&M’s two best opponents before Saturday.

Now that he has a big win on his resume, Manziel has a clear path to be a Heisman finalist and earn a trip to New York for the presentation in December.

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is still the Heisman front-runner, but Johnny Football is closing fast.

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QUICK HITS

_ No. 1 Oregon could be starting its third-string free safety against No. 14 Stanford after Avery Patterson, who replaced John Boyett, went down with what looked like a serious knee injury on Saturday. The Ducks also played much of their game against Cal without their five best defensive lineman because of injuries.

_ Now that the Big East has gained a path to automatic entry to the new postseason system, which goes into effect in 2014, the next task for the conference will be convincing BYU to join.

_ The winner of the ACC Coastal Division could finish the regular season 6-6 overall.

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LAST WORD

“We talked very frankly about it. He told me he had not made a decision, if we go 6-6, despite what all the reports are. Either the sources are wrong or Dave wasn’t being forthright with me, and I have no reason to think Dave’s not being forthright with me. He’s an honest man. He’s always been honest with me. I’ve appreciated how he’s handled everything about this.” _ Tennessee coach Derek Dooley saying Monday that his future with the Volunteers has not been determined by athletic director Dave Hart.

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