Can Gardner win the Heisman?

Devin Gardner will emerge as a Heisman favorite if Michigan keeps winning. Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images

With most of the Heisman candidates beating up on early-season cupcakes, the Predictor standings remain relatively unchanged from last week. However, a few candidates did position themselves nicely to make a late-season run at the award.

Can Michigan QB Devin Gardner make a run at the trophy? Will Georgia RB Todd Gurley be able to jump the several QBs ahead of them? Let's take a look at the Heisman chances for those two players, plus several other top candidates.

Gardner enters the race

Technically the Heisman Predictor only awards extra points for performances against top-10 opponents, but we'd be fooling ourselves if we argued that a victory over Notre Dame under the lights at The Big House was just another game.

Gardner may not have been numerically rewarded for his performance against the Irish, but it's safe to say his five touchdowns on Saturday night helped put him in the Heisman conversation.