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Le’Veon Bell falls three spots in CBS Sports’ Heisman watch


After Le’Veon Bell had a quiet game against the Central Michigan Chippewas last Saturday, in terms of Heisman statistics go, it isn’t surprising to see that most media outlets moved Bell down its Heisman watch lists.

CBS Sports disliked Bell’s performance the most. The website moved the Michigan State running back down three spots. What is telling about CBS Sports’ move is that it is generally the most accurate Heisman watch list out there because it is compiled by the “Heisman Pundit,” writer Chris Huston.

Yahoo! Sports was the only website that moved Bell up its rankings. Of course, Spartan Avenue kept Bell ranked number three, idle, because of our biased toward Michigan State athletics, but that is beside the point.

Here is a composite look at several media outlets and the where each outlet believes Bell should be ranked as far as the Heisman race goes…

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Heisman Rank

Last Week’s Heisman Rank

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CBS Sports

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3

Bell followed up his 210-yard rushing game in week one with just 70 yards against Central Michigan, but major production wasn’t really needed in a game where MSU cruised to an easy win. He still maintains a 140-yards-per game average heading into this week’s matchup with Notre Dame, which will be the first test of his candidacy. If MSU beats the Irish and Bell has another 100-yard effort, he’ll move up on this list.

Yahoo! Sports

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5

Bell jumps two spots on my list after another nice effort in the Spartans’ 41-7 blowout win at Central Michigan. Bell collected 70 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in limited action due to the lopsided score. A big test looms for Bell and No. 10 Spartans as they host No. 20 Notre Dame in Week 3.

ESPN

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Bell didn’t come anywhere close to his 50 touches from Week 1, and the Spartans didn’t need him to. His two early scores set the tone for a breezy afternoon, as Michigan State swept aside Central Michigan, 41-7. Bell finished with 70 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Sports Illustrated

5

3

After his taxing Week 1 against Boise State, Bell touched the ball 31 fewer times in the rout of the Chippewas, but he scored just as many touchdowns (two) as in the opener before taking a seat after three quarters. Good thing he got his rest, because Bell could be back to his workhorse responsibilities as the Spartans host No. 20 Notre Dame in Week 3. It’s still early, and they have yet to face a ranked opponent, but the Irish have been stout against the rush, holding Navy to 3.7 yards per carry and limiting Purdue to 90 yards.

Spartan Avenue

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3

Le’Veon Bell stays put at No. 3 in the Spartan Avenue rankings because, although he was not much of a factor outside of his two recorded touchdowns, the Michigan State Spartans did not need to rely on him at all against the Central Michigan Chippewas. He’ll continue to put up monster numbers the rest of the season. It all depends on the level of play that the Spartans’ opponents are capable of playing.

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