Big Ten Football Heisman Contenders: Week 4 edition

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Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter against the Oregon Ducks at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans beat the Ducks 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been an interesting season for some Big Ten football squads as both the Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes occupy the No. 2 and No. 1 spots in the college football rankings, respectively, after week three. It was a rough week for both teams, but enough happened around the country to allow the conference to have the top two squads in the nation.

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While some Big Ten football teams are on the rise, others are plummeting, such as Maryland who had lost to Bowling Green by three scores in week two and Rutgers whose program has basically fallen apart at this point thanks to head coach Kyle Flood and the suspension of Leonte Carroo.

The Big Ten has four teams currently ranked in this week’s Top 25. Led by the Spartans and Buckeyes, the Wisconsin Badgers and Northwestern Wildcats are also in the rankings. One team to keep an eye on moving forward is Iowa as the Hawkeyes are unbeaten and looking to make the leap into the rankings as well.

With all the talent in the conference, there are also a handful of Heisman Trophy contenders as well.

The league started the season with guys like Braxton Miller, Christian Hackenberg, DaeSean Hamilton and Corey Clement as serious threats to contend for the award, but they have since cooled and given way for even the bottom-dwellers, without a loss, to have a contender of their own.

Let’s take a look at the week four Heisman contenders from the Big Ten football teams and which guys realistically have a shot.

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