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Big Ten Heisman update: Week 7

I still have two Big Ten candidates in the Heisman Trophy mix, although Terrelle Pryor leapfrogs Denard Robinson following Robinson's three-interception clunker against Michigan State. Running backs John Clay (Wisconsin) and Edwin Baker (Michigan State) both helped themselves Saturday, and they'll gain more consideration if they keep it up.

Let's take a look.

Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor

  • Week 6 stat line: 24-for-30 passing, career-high 334 pass yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT in win against Indiana

  • Chances: On the upswing again. Pryor needed an impressive performance Saturday at The Shoe, and he delivered in dismantling Indiana. The Buckeyes junior quarterback continues to show improvement as a passer, and his completion percentage is up to 68 percent. Despite being limited by a strained leg muscle, Pryor showed he can dissect a defense with his arm. Pryor will need his mobility to beat better teams down the line, possibly this week at Wisconsin, but his improvement as a pocket passer is obvious through the first half of the season.

  • Up next: Saturday at No. 18 Wisconsin

Michigan QB Denard Robinson:

  • Week 6 stat line: 17-for-29 passing, 215 pass yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs; 21 carries, 86 rush yards, 1 TD in loss to Michigan State

  • Chances: Trending down. Much like former Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett against Alabama, Robinson will pay the price in the Heisman race for throwing three interceptions in a loss to Michigan State. Robinson guided several long drives but couldn't break away for a big run and made three ill-advised throws into coverage. While his season statistics remain remarkable, Robinson still must prove himself against higher-qualities defenses in the Big Ten. He'll get an opportunity this week against Iowa, which brings the Big Ten's best defensive line into the Big House.

  • Up next: Saturday vs. No. 15 Iowa

Heisman horizon: Wisconsin RB John Clay, Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi, Michigan State RB Edwin Baker, Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan, Michigan State LB Greg Jones