Saturday, November 18, 2006

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #12

The mega-showdown between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan lived up to most of the hype. It was spectacular game filled with big plays and high emotions. The Wolverines stayed in the contest until the very end. Considering it lost by only three points at Columbus only one day after Bo Schembechler passed away, Michigan remains #2 in the rankings. In other news, Rutgers' Cinderella run ended tonight when they were upset by Cincinnati. The Scarlet Knights drop out of the poll, replaced by Wisconsin. The Badgers make their first appearance in the Top Ten.

Troy Smith all but clinched the Heisman this afternoon with a memorable performance. With all of college football watching, Smith passed for 316 yards and threw four touchdowns in a marquee win that propels the Buckeyes into the National Championship game. Brady Quinn also played well in his final home game and remains at #2. Ray Rice strugged and his team loss. The double-whammy knocks him for the list. Rice is replaced by profilic passer Colt Brennan. Colt threw for 402 yards and 5 scores tonight, raising his season stats to a staggering 4,105 passing yards and 48 touchdown completions. Regardless, #3-#5 at this point are basically contending for a trip to NYC. The Heisman will come down to whether Quinn can put together a season-defining game against the Trojans a week from now and supplant Smith as the nation's best player.

Top Ten Teams

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

Dropped out: #5 Rutgers

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) Michael Hart
RB Jr. 4
4) Steve Slaton
West Virginia
RB So. 5
5) Colt Brennan

Dropped out: #3 Ray Rice

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