Top 10 Heisman Hopefuls after Week 6
Adrian Peterson - If it were up to Peterson, the Sooners would've won the Red River Shootout, but he can't throw the ball too. He had another 100 yard effort against a quality team and is still on pace for a strong 1800 yards this season. If he can get that average up closer to 2000 he will be hard to beat.
2. Brady Quinn - Personally I thought Quinn would have a field day against Stanford but the he and the Irish started out slow. I really think this was his chance to put up another 300 plus yard day and separate himself from the rest of the pack. Good news for Quinn is that he has a few more of those games coming up this year, but for this week he is off.
3. Troy Smith - The numbers might not be impressive (195 yds passing) but the 85 percent completion percentage and the 3 touchdown passes are impressive. In the next two weeks Smith should be able to feast on the poor defenses of Michigan State and Indiana. That will be his chance to make his mark in this race.
4. Steve Slaton - Slaton showed he had fresh legs running for 185 yards and 7.1 ypc against Mississippi State. With the weak schedule that the Mountaineers have he will have to continue this trend and when it comes time for the marquee games he'll have to have stellar games.
5. Garrett Wolfe - Wolfe had the stage to himself on Sunday night against Miami (OH). He did not disappoint running for 162 yards and two touchdowns. The media has finally caught wind of this guy and he needs to continue to have 150 yard plus rushing games to continue the wave of recognition.
6. Michael Hart - Even an injured ankle couldn't stop Hart from running for 122 yards against the Spartans. Hart will have the stage to himself on Saturday night in Happy Valley and will impress some voters if he can pull off a 100 yard game against a tough Nittany Lion run defense.
7. Calvin Johnson - Johnson contiunes to be the Georgia Tech offense. Against Maryland he had 133 yards receiving and a touchdown. That 133 yards accounted for almost 83 percent of Tech's passing output for the day. Can you imagine the stats he would have if he had someone like Quinn or Smith throwing to him?
8. Chris Leak - Although the Gators keep winning, Leak's Heisman chances are getting Tiebowed as he shares time with the true freshman. The Gators' next two games are against Auburn and Georgia and Leak will need strong games if they are to win them. Leak did put up some nice numbers against LSU, but his chances are falling by the wayside the more he shares time with Tim Tiebow.
9. John David Booty - USC might be struggling to win against the state of Washington but Booty is doing an impressive job with an injury depleted receiving staff. Anytime you have a QB completing 66 percent of his passes and having a 3.67/1 touchdown to interception ratio, you have to be impressed. His chances will improve once Dwayne Jarrett comes back.
10. Ray Rice - No one made a big enough push for me to drop Rice out of the top 10. These next two weeks are big for Rice as Rutgers plays two teams with a combined two losses.
Honorable Mentions: Dennis Dixon, Mario Manningham, Tony Hunt, Darren McFadden
If last week showed us anything in the race for the Heisman, it showed that none of the front runners had a game that put them above the rest. As you will see my list is pretty much the same as last week except for the second half.