Big Ten Football: Top 10 Heisman candidates

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Oct 25, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) stands on the field between plays during the 1st quarter of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Our very own Connor Cook occupies the second spot on our list. In his second season as the starting quarterback for the Spartans, Cook finished with a conference-high 3,214 yards and 24 touchdowns with just eight interceptions.

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Cook is a big reason the Spartans have won both the Cotton and Rose Bowls over the last two years as well as finish in the top five to end the year. He’s 24-3 as the starting quarterback for Michigan State and he has a chance to go down as the best quarterback in program history.

If Cook finishes with 3,000 yards and about 20 touchdowns this year, he will break both all-time records for the school.

Although he’s losing Keith Mumphery and Tony Lippett, the top two receivers from last season, he still has a ton of weapons to choose from. Guys like Aaron Burbridge, DeAnthony Arnett, Macgarrett Kings Jr. and RJ Shelton will ease those losses.

Don’t be shocked if Cook is the Spartans’ most serious Heisman contender in school history, especially if he defeats Ohio State on Nov. 21.

The Spartans were lucky enough to stumble upon Cook as the starter two years ago and he hasn’t looked back since.

Next: 1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State