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CFR week ten Heisman rankings

Well, the top three candidates are all playing really well, ripping through the middle of their schedules.  All they have to do is survive and our final field is set.

One thing we'll have to start pondering is whether or not the old guard Heisman voters will award a Texas quarterback the Heisman trophy.  Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart don't face the same challenge as Vince Young with the voters, because both of their positions are established at their schools.  Texas has always been a Heisman school for backs, much as USC was before Carson Palmer gave way to Matt Leinart.  James Street, the quarterback during the Horns' 1969 title season, didn't even finish in the top 10 of Heisman voting that year.  Times change, but Heisman voters don't necessarily react as swiftly.

One thing in Young's favor is the award's favoring of quarterbacks recently.  Signal-callers have accounted for the last five Heisman trophies, with Texas' Ricky Williams the second to most recent back to win the award.

That said, I hunch there might be some magic to awarding a fifth running back Heisman to USC, linking the "tailback-u" tradition from the 60's and 70's to the modern powerhouse program. 


  1. Reggie Bush, USC-Getting limited touches as USC blows through opponents early the last few weeks.  Had a stunning 42-yard touchdown run and went 12/113/9.4/1 and is averaging 8.3 YPC on the year at over 1,000 yards.  Not bad for sharing the ball with LenDale White and getting limited touches of late.
  2. Vince Young, Texas-Played decoy early as teammates got scores while opponents watched Young.  Threw for almost 300 yards, piloted a fine 62-0 victory over Baylor.
  3. Matt Leinart, USC-Don't look now, but Leinart's on fire.  Went 22/28 (.786) for 259 yards and 4 touchdowns in just over a half of work.
  4. Brady Quinn, Notre Dame-Steady performance boosted by great receiver efforts in win over Tennessee.  Finished 20/33 for 295 (.606) and 3 touchdowns.

Parting Gifts

  • Maurice Drew, UCLA
  • Marcus Vick, Virginia Tech
  • Laurence Maroney, Minnesota
  • DeAngelo Williams, Memphis
  • Drew Olson, UCLA
  • Brian Calhoun, Wisconsin
  • Michael Robinson, Penn State
  • D.J. Shockley, Georgia 

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I know Leinart has been hot lately, but I think he's pretty much out of the race at this point barring something extremely remarkable. Maybe if Texas loses and Leinart blows it up against UCLA while Bush falters, but otherwise it seems like a two horse race at this point. It just seems like to win it for a second year, he really would have needed to outshine everybody, along with improving upon what he did last year. Do you agree or disagree?
November 8, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterGinnFan

I should have made that more clear, apologies.
November 8, 2005 | Registered CommenterCFR
No need to apologize, you have him listed as being invited to NY, and I'm sure he will be. You were right, I was just wanting your opinion beyond that.
November 8, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterGinnFan
What is funny about Leinart is the new impossible standard to which he is being held. At this point last year he had less TDs, a lower completion percentage and about 700 less yards - all this with a slightly easier schedule when compared to this year. So all around Leinart is miles better than he was last year. Stragne that he isn't even in the race considering he is miles better. I think there's just a "no-one-deserves-to-win-it-twice" backlash going on.
November 9, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterD. Williams
Yeah, there's definitely that bias. 3 TD's and no INT's is pretty routine for Leinart. Plus, even if he's the best player on his own team, he's certainly not the most exciting. His numbers are better this year, but he also struggled in two of the biggest games of the year (ASU and ND, although he had two MAJOR redeeming moments in that ND game).
November 9, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterGinnFan

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