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Georgia RB Todd Gurley Sits Atop ESPN Experts' Heisman Poll After Week 1

The 79th Heisman Trophy will be awarded in a little more than three months. With Week 1 of the college football season complete, it's time to start discussing the favorites for the sport's most prestigious award. 

Following the first weekend of the season, it's the running backs that are standing out. Georgia junior running back Todd Gurley has likely emerged as the frontrunner following his dazzling performance against Clemson. Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, with a career-high 232 yards against Florida Atlantic, seems to be a serious contender, too. 

ESPN's experts apparently agree. 

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ESPN college football experts--Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Brian Bennett, Rece Davis, Travis Haney, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Ted Miller, Mark Schlabach and Jake Trotter--have their votes in following Week 1. 

They are as follows: 

  1. Todd Gurley - 48 points
  2. Marcus Mariota - 35 points
  3. Jameis Winston - 24 points
  4. Kenny Hill - 20 points
  5. Ameer Abdullah - 12 points
  6. Cody Kessler - 3 points
  7. Bryce Petty - 3 points
  8. Everett Golson - 2 points
  9. Brett Hundley - 1 point
  10. Eric Kendricks - 1 point
  11. T.J Yeldon - 1 point

The only real surprise is probably Hendricks, a UCLA linebacker. If this list had been released before the season, Hill surely wouldn't be on it, but following a record 500-yard plus night at South Carolina, the Texas A&M redshirt sophomore quarterback is a clear contender. 

This weekend is big for a couple players on the list. Mariota and Oregon play host to Michigan State, while Kessler and USC play Stanford. A big game from either quarterback could shoot them up the rankings.