Saturday, October 28, 2006

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #9

The Trojans' inevitable loss came earlier than expected at Oregon State this afternoon, knocking USC out of the Top Ten. Clemson was crushed at Blacksburg by Virginia Tech on Thursday; the Tigers are off the list as well. As a result the Fighting Irish and Golden Bears return to the nation's elite list. Tennessee had an adequate showing tonight; the Vols certainly didn't earn style points for their come-from-behind victory over South Carolina. Yet a win is a win. The Longhorns imposed their will in the second half against Texas Tech, limiting the vaunted Red Raiders offense to zero points.

Meanwhile, the Heisman Hopefuls remain the same. Smith and Quinn are separating themselves from the pack. Texas QB Colt McCoy and his stellar 24-4 TD/INT ratio almost made the list, but the Longhorns have mostly feasted on inferior teams, and they don't have another marquee opponent for the remainder of the regular season.

Top Ten Teams

College Last Week
1) Ohio State 1
2) Michigan 2
3) West Virginia
4) Texas
5) Auburn 5
6) Florida
7) Louisville
8) Tennessee
9) Notre Dame
10) California

Dropped out: #6 USC, #9 Clemson

Heisman Hopefuls

Name College Position Year Last Week
1) Troy Smith Ohio State QB Sr. 1
2) Brady Quinn Notre Dame QB Sr. 2
3) Mike Hart Michigan RB Jr. 3
4) Ray Rice
RB So. 4
5) Steve Slaton
West Virginia
RB So.

Dropped out: None

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