Big Ten Football Heisman Contenders: Week 4 edition

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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) runs the ball against the Air Force Falcons during the 1st quarter of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Coming into the 2015 season, Connor Cook may have had the best odds of any Big Ten player to win the Heisman and after three weeks of play, that remains true. While it was argued that J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones would be the conference’s frontrunners, they have been struggling a little, as previously stated, while Cook is coming off his best game of the year.

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Cook would probably tell you that he hasn’t been playing up to his standards quite yet. He had a rough first week against Western Michigan in which he completed under 50 percent of his passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

The senior gunslinger rebounded against No. 7 Oregon at home in week two to complete 63 percent of his throws for 192 yards, two touchdowns and his first interception of the year, but it was week three where he really shined.

Aaron Burbridge really broke out as Cook’s favorite receiving target this season and that showed against Air Force this past weekend when the senior QB completed eight passes to his fellow senior for 156 yards and three touchdowns. On the day, though, Cook had completed 65 percent of his passes for 247 yards and four scores while throwing no picks.

Connor Cook is just getting stronger as the year progresses.

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