College football’s first week is virtually over, even if there is one more game on Sept. 2 between Florida State and Pittsburgh. But college football’s big favorites in the BCS and Heisman races have all made their opening statements already. One of them came on Sept. 1, as the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had their first of what may be many blowout wins this season.
The Cardinals easily got past the Ohio Bobcats by 49-7, as Bridgewater was virtually perfect. Picking up where he left off in his Sugar Bowl showcase over the Florida Gators, Bridgewater had five touchdowns and only five incompletions in just three quarters of work.
Bridgewater will need many more performances like this to keep pace in the Heisman race, while the Cardinals will need that many to stay in the BCS chase. Given their weak schedule and weak conference, the Cardinals have to be perfect to even have a chance at the championship game -- and Bridgewater may need to stay this perfect to have a shot at New York in December.
However, Bridgewater wasn’t the only projected Heisman favorite that was off and running right out of the gate. Here is a list of the early Heisman contenders and how they made an impression in Week 1, in one way or another.