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College Football Mid Season Awards

Jameis Winston
Halfway through the year, upsets have been frequent, no frontrunner for Heisman has emerged and all though Alabama has stuck at No. 1 all year, the national title picture it still pretty muddied. Who do I think should win some of college football's big awards?

Heisman: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
After his dazzling performance against Clemson in their dominant showing it appears the two-sport star could be the favorite along with Oregon's Marcus Mariota. Winston has thrown for 1,885 yards and 20 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions. A year ago, Winston would lose votes because he is a freshman, but with Johnny Manziel winning last season it shouldn't hurt him.
Other Top Candidates
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Biletnikoff Award: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Evans, Johnny Football's favorite target, is having a huge year and could be the top candidate for the Biletnikoff, the award give to the best receiver in the nation. The sophomore already has 43 receptions and 1,024 yards and those numbers could increase significantly.
Other Top Candidates
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan

Doak Walker Award: Melvin Gordon, RB,Wisconsin
The sophomore back Gordon is having a huge year for the Badgers, he already has 1,012 rush yards and 11 touchdowns. His elite explosiveness and playmaking ability are perfect qualities for the award given to the best running back in the nation.
Other Top Candidates
Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Antonio Andrews, RB, Western Kentucky

Outland Trophy Award: Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M
For the second straight year it appears an Aggie will win the Outland after Luke Joeckel won it last season. Matthews has been a big part of Manziel's success and will likely be the first tackle taken in the 2014 draft.
Other Top Candidates
Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan
Anthony Steen, G, Alabama
Zack Martin, T, Notre Dame

Jim Thorpe Award: Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State
Dick Butkus Award: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Chuck Bednarik Award: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri

Coach of the Year: Gary Pinkel, Missouri
Pinkel has done an amazing job this year with the Tigers, who are 7-0 this season with wins over Georgia and Florida. After a rough 5-7 first season in the SEC, Pinkel didn't appear to have a tough ready to compete for a SEC crown yet. Mizzou is already No. 5 and could roll to a SEC East crown, they are up 2 games over South Carolina.

Biggest Upset: Auburn beating Texas A&M
Most Surprising Team: Missouri
Biggest Disappointment: Florida

National Championship Prediction: Alabama vs. Florida State
The Tide are the clear cut favorite to enter in yet another national championship, they have already gotten past their toughest opponent in Texas A&M. LSU and Auburn still await but A.J. McCarron has dominated them throughout his career. After beating Clemson, Florida State could roll to the national championship. Miami will be a tough test and they might face the Hurricanes again in the ACC Championship Game. For people that say that Oregon has been more impressive than Florida State: FSU has scored 41+ in all their games this year and they have already beaten Georgia and Maryland in blowouts. Oregon's best win is probably Washington, who has lost 3 straight now after their loss to Arizona State.

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