Sunday, November 26, 2006

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #13

USC's emphatic win over Notre Dame pushes the Men of Troy to #3 on the Top Ten. With everything on the line next week against UCLA -- their crosstown rival and only remaining obstacle on the road to Glendale -- the Trojans will jump to #2 if they win out. The Fighting Irish drop only one spot, mostly the result of a shakedown of the best teams in the land. West Virginia drops out of the poll after fumbling away today's game against South Florida. Arkansas fell three spots to #9 after losing a hard-fought SEC matchup against LSU, who returns to the Top Ten at #7. Texas A&M's upset over Texas knocked the defending national champions from BCS contention as well as the Top Ten.

Quinn had a great game statistically, but it wasn't memorable nor a winning effort. Troy Smith is this year's Heisman winner, and deservedly so. Colt Brennan had a typical day for him: 400+ yards passing and three TD throws in a come-from-behind victory over Purdue. He deserves a trip to New York for his record-breaking season. Steve Slaton's poor performance, coupled with WVU's home loss, knocks him down a notch. Other candidates for the fifth spot, such as USC QB John David Booty, Texas QB Colt McCoy, Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson and Arkansas RB Darren McFadden either didn't have stellar games and/or their respective teams lost this week.

Top Ten Teams

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

Dropped Out: #3 West Virginia, #9 Texas

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. 3
4) Colt Brennan
QB Jr. 5
5) Steve Slaton
West Virginia

Dropped out: none

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