Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown - Week 9
Tulane RB Matt Forte
Tulane RB Matt Forte
Posted Oct 30, 2007

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.

2007 Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown

Week Nine

By Pete Fiutak   

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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 categories

No Current Chance To Win It, But Deserves To Be In The Discussion

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 More

RB Darren McFadden, Jr. Arkansas

Last Week: McFadden ran 19 times for 61 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Florida International
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
Last Week:
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 Steve Slaton.

The True Favorites

QB Colt Brennan, Sr. Hawaii

Last Week: 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 the competition.

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 receivers?

RB Mike Hart, Sr. Michigan

Last Week: Hart 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

Last Week: Ryan completed 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.