Week 8 Heisman Top 10: Light It Up

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8. Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise

The Fighting Irish were on a bye ahead of their suddenly huge game Week 9 at Temple. C.J. Prosise abused USC his last time out, and he’s hovering near the national lead for both rushing yards (922) and total yards from scrimmage (1,141).

Saturday’s trip to Temple occupies the national spotlight, and the Owl defense ranks among the nation’s best. A big game from Prosise, with Temple star linebacker Tyler Matakevitch leading the charge, should dramatically bolster the running back’s Heisman candidacy for the final month of the regular season.

Not often that can be said of a game involving Temple.

7. Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey extended his lead as the nation’s yards-from-scrimmage leader (total yardage) with a 109-yard rushing night against Washington.

Tack on a pair of scores, one via the run and another receiving, and Stanford’s breakout star is only furthering his meteoric rise in the Heisman conversation.

For a player doing his thing in the Bay Area, it’s only fitting the McCaffrey Heisman campaign happens all organically.

Emily Van Buskirk writes that Stanford won’t force the narrative — McCaffrey’s game speaks for itself.

Thus far, the message is resonating. McCaffrey is arguably the fastest rising contender of the last few weeks.