Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown - Week 9
Tulane RB Matt Forte
Who's still in the Heisman chase? It's as open a race as ever with the big prize there for the taking. It'll all come down to the big games coming up.
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Let's cut through the garbage, the
pomp, the circumstance, the PR BS, and the hype surrounding the greatest
individual award in all of sports. The Heisman Trophy goes to the most
celebrated quarterback or running back from a top BCS team or a top 25
non-BCS program, and while others will be acknowledged here if they have
any prayer of potentially finishing in the top five, it'll take
something extraordinary to get on this list. Let's not pretend the hot
Sun Belt back or the dual threat MAC quarterback has an honest chance.
This isn't a ranking of the best players or top NFL prospects. This is
an attempt to put the finger on the pulse of the Heisman chase. So
without further ado, here are the current favorites AT THE MOMENT (and
this will changed week after week with players moving in and out of
No Current Chance To Win It, But Deserves To Be In
Five players who should be in the race, but aren't even on the radar ...
1) Todd Boeckman, QB Ohio State; 2) Kevin Smith, RB UCF; 3) Jordy
Nelson, WR Kansas State; 4) Anthony Alridge, RB Houston; 5) Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma
QB Chase Daniel, Jr. Missouri
Last Week: Daniel completed
28 of 37 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown with an interception in
the win over Iowa State.
His day is coming. As Missouri keeps on winning, Daniel will get the
Heisman credit, but it'll take a big game in a win over Kansas, and a
win in the Big 12 Championship, to get to New York. Until then, Daniel
needs to keep leading the way to wins to stay within range.
RB Matt Forte, Sr. Tulane
Last Week: Forte ran 44 times for 278 yards and two touchdowns in
the 28-27 loss to Memphis.
His team is awful, but the numbers are becoming too ridiculous to
ignore. He has five 200-yard games on the year, and two with more than
300. Currently on pace to rush for 2,308 yards and 21 touchdowns, he
might end up a finalist in the same way Colt Brennan will be in the mix
for his passing numbers.
RB Steve Slaton, Jr. West Virginia
Last Week: Slaton ran 16 times for 73 yards and three touchdowns,
and caught a pass for 51 yards, in the win over Rutgers
The overall rushing numbers just aren't there, but the name
recognition and the team's emergence is putting him on the radar. He's
one monster performance away from being among the finalists.
On The Radar, But The World Is Looking For
RB Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas
McFadden ran 19 times for 61 yards and four touchdowns in the win over
Everyone seems to be waiting for a reason to put the most talented back
in America in the Heisman hunt. The chances are coming with dates
against South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State and LSU ahead.
QB Pat White, Jr. West Virginia
White completed 10
of 16 passes for 144 yards, and ran 22 times for 156 yards and a
touchdown, in the win over Rutgers.
All of a sudden, West Virginia is creeping up in the national title
race, and thanks to a relatively healthy White, the team is dominating.
He's got a better chance of ending up in New York than running mate
The True Favorites
QB Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii
Brennan completed 29
of 46 passes for 425 yards and six touchdowns with an interception in
the win over New Mexico State.
Back on track after a few rough patches, Brennan and his six
touchdown passes against NMSU has his numbers getting back up to the
high level needed to get everyone paying attention. Don't gloss over the
record. This year, being unbeaten is a really big deal no matter what
QB Dennis Dixon, Sr. Oregon
Last Week: Dixon completed 16 of 25 passes for 157 yards, and ran
17 times for 76 yards and a score in the win over USC.
Quickly creeping up as the main favorite behind Matt Ryan, Dixon is a
shoo-in for New York if he gets his Ducks to Pasadena, and the likely
winner if he's playing in New Orleans in early January. Beating USC will
generate that kind of a buzz, but now he has to come up with a big day
against Arizona State. Does anyone realize he's doing this without any
RB Mike Hart, Sr. Michigan
was out against Minnesota with an injured ankle.
It's wait-and-see time with Hart. The buzz has worn off after a big
start, and now he has to get healthy and come up with something splashy
to get back in the mix. In the end, it'll all come down to the Ohio
State game. If he has a huge game in a win over an unbeaten Buckeye
team, he'll get plenty of first place votes.
QB Tim Tebow, Soph. Florida
Last Week: Tebow completed 14 of 22 passes for 236 yards and a
touchdown in the 42-30 loss to Georgia.
He's carrying the Florida offense, and unfortunately, the team's recent
problems, with a loss to Georgia, has all but ended any dreams of
winning it as a sophomore. Even so, he's still a likely finalist if he
can get healthy and can come up with a win over South Carolina.
And The Current Leader In The Clubhouse Is ...
QB Matt Ryan, Sr. Boston College
25 of 52 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions
in the win over Virginia Tech.
Everyone saw what Ryan did to save BC's national title dream, or at
least everyone saw the highlights of his final two drives. He has his
signature moment, and now the wins have to keep on coming with Oregon's
Dennis Dixon nipping at his heels. Getting to the ACC title game
unbeaten will likely make him no worse than No. 2. Winning the ACC title
and going to the national title game would cement BC's first Heisman
since Doug Flutie won.