Pac-12 Heisman Watch Week Two: Brett Hundley Steps Up and Marqise Lee Hangs By a Thread

Stephen Dunn

USC's rough game against Washington State and dire situation at quarterback probably means that Lee is already out of the race.

Just two weeks into the season, the race for the Heisman is starting to shape up a little bit more and some players are beginning to emerge while others disappear, and that is a good and a bad thing for some Pac-12 stars.

We have up-to-date Heisman odds from Bovada below, and each week we are using them to break down the Pac-12 players who are in the thick of the Heisman race.

Marcus Mariota QB Oregon - 13/2

Mariota hasn't been overly efficient passing the ball thus far in 2013, but has made up for it by being about the most efficient ball-carrier in college football thus far, seemingly breaking open touchdown runs every other time he touches the ball. Mariota was an extremely efficient passer in 2012, so it's likely that his struggles there thus far have just been a fluke, and his biggest hurdle to winning the award might actually be splitting votes with his teammate...

De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon - 10/1

Thomas has flourished in his role as Oregon's feature back and it has led to him putting up astounding rushing numbers in the Ducks' first couple of games. Right now, because of his entertainment value, versatility and nickname, I'm saying Thomas is the Pac-12 frontrunner at the moment, edging out Mariota.

Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona - 33/1

Carey saw his first action after being suspended in week one and got himself back into the game with a big performance against UNLV with 171 yards and two touchdowns, but the crazy thing is that Carey will probably have to do more than that against weaker competition if he hopes to seriously get into the race.

Brett Hundley QB UCLA - 40/1

Hundley took Marqise Lee's spot as LA's premiere Heisman candidate with his outrageous performance against Nevada and Lee's poor stats. Hundley can really improve his odds if he leads UCLA to win against Nebraska in Lincoln Saturday.

Kevin Hogan QB Stanford - 40/1

Hogan played well enough in Stanford's opener against San Jose State, but will probably need to lead the Cardinal to an undefeated season to be considered a serious candidate unless he starts boosting his statistics drastically.

Marqise Lee WR USC - 100/1

It's not really his fault at all, but Lee pretty much buried his Heisman hopes with a 27-yard performance in USC's upset loss to Washington State last Saturday.

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