Bradford moves back into the top spot

Steve Murray
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Wednesday - November 28, 2008
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With only one week to go,the seesaw battle continues. 1.Sam Bradford,Oklahoma,QB, So., 10-1. No. 3 AP. (Last Week: 2)

Last week: 14-19, 304 yards, 4 TDs, no INTs; QB rating: 277.6 in a 65-21 win over Texas Tech.

Season: 238-349 passing, 3,406 yards, 42 TDs, 6 INTs, 4 rushing touchdowns. QB rating: 193.8.

Oklahoma came into the game surrendering 33.5 game in its last five - with none possessing the offensive explosion of the Red Raiders - and totally whipped Texas Tech.Bradford was nearly perfect throwing for an average 21.7 yards per completion while driving his team through the Tech defense like it was practice. But he hasn’t won anything. The Sooners have the toughest test among the top three and any stumble could cost Bradford in the final week. 2. Graham Harrell. Texas Tech, Sr., 10-1. No. 7 AP. (Last Week: 1)

Last Week: 33-55, 361 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT; QB rating 129.5 in a 65-21 loss at Oklahoma.

Season: 365-518, 4,438 yards, 39 TDs,6 INTs,QB rating: 165; 6 rushing touchdowns.


Harrell put up his typical big numbers against the Sooners, but all went for naught and most came after the game was decided. The senior looked haggard all day, and his team didn’t get its 14th point until 6:44 left in the third quarter. His Heisman chances are not finished, but he’ll need a monster performance against Baylor and some help from No. 11 Oklahoma State, which hosts Oklahoma next week. 3. Colt McCoy, Texas, QB, Jr., 10-1. No. 4 AP. (Last Week: 3)

Last week: Did not play.

Season: 268-347 passing, 3,134 yards, 30 TDs, 7 INT, QB rating: 177.6; 117 rushes, 527 yards, 8 TDs.

Having the week off didn’t boost McCoy’s Heisman chances, but did wonders to increase his shot at the mythical national championship.A win against A&M puts the Longhorns in the Big 12 title game against Missouri, which then opens the door to the title game in Miami so long as Oklahoma doesn’t leapfrog the Longhorns.McCoy will get a New York invite, but will have to wait until 2010 for the trophy. 4. Chase Daniel, Missouri, QB, Sr., 9-2. No. 12 AP. (Last Week: 4)

Last week: Did not play.

Season: 306-400 passing, 3,592 yards, 30 TDs, 11 INT; 41 rushes, 136 yards, QB rating: 171.2.

With McCoy, Herrell and Bradford’s weekly performances, it is likely that Daniel will not even get invited to the festivities. In fact, if four are sent, Tim Tebow could sneak into that final spot - especially if he votes for himself. 5. Tim Tebow, Florida, QB, Jr., 10-1. No. 2 AP. (Last Week: 5)

Last week: 9-11 passing,201 yards,

3 TDs, 0 INT, 2 rushes, 34 yards, QB rating: 325.3 in a 70-19 win over Citadel.

Season: 148-225 passing, 2,114 yards, 22 TDs, 2 INTs, QB rating: 175.2; 121 rushes,427 yards,11 TDs.

Tebow has taken the Gators from their week-four loss to Mississippi and a No. 12 spot in the polls to the edge of the BCS championship game. However, not even a quarterback rating into the third century is enough to make a move when it is against Citadel. 6. Daryll Clark, Penn State, QB, Jr., 11-1. No. 6 AP. (Last Week: 8)

Last week: 16-26 passing, 341 yards,4 TDs,no INT,1 rushing TD, QB rating: 222.5 in a 49-18 win over Michigan State.

Season: 171-285 passing, 2,319 yards,17 TDs,4 INT,72 rushes, 265 yards, 9 TDs, QB rating: 145.2.

Penn State’s loss to Ohio State three weeks ago derailed the Nittany Lions’ plans for national title and Clark’s shot at top five consideration.But then came Michigan State. Penn State beat up the then-9-2 Spartans, and Clark had the individual performance that seemed just out of his grasp through much of the season. 7.Brian Johnson,Utah,QB, Senior, 12-0, No. 8 AP. (Last Week: Unranked)

Season: 241-353, 2,636 yards, 24 TDs, 9 INTs, QB rating: 148.3.

Johnson won’t likely get a single vote for the award,but the Utes have been this season’s most-ignored underdog story.Evidently, non-BCS schools playing past New Year’s is no longer a surprise. He deserves recognition. 8.Kellen Moore,Boise State,QB, Freshman, 11-0, No. 9 AP. (Last Week: Unranked)

Season: 242-347, 3,051 yards, 23 TDs, 9 INTs, QB rating: 160.3.

It’s hard enough for a redshirt freshman to take over an offense, let alone one of the country’s most diabolical.Yet Moore has his team in a position to play in its second BCS game in three seasons. If voters can forget their mid-major ignorance, he could be a major Heisman player in 2011. 9. Max Hall, BYU, QB, Jr. 10-2. No. 20 AP. (Last Week: 6)

Last week: 21-41 passing, 205 yards,0 TDs,5 INTs,QB rating: 68.8; in a 48-24 loss at Utah.

Season: 300-431 passing, 3,629 yards, 34 TDs, 13 INTs, QB rating: 160.3.

The Cougars, and Hall, had a chance to claim conference supremecy against unbeaten Utah and laid an egg.Hall had his worse game of the season,which led further credence to the theory that BYU is simply a mediocre team that beat up on bad competition. 10.Javon Ringer,Michigan State, RB, Sr., 9-3. No. 22 AP. (Last Week: 7)

Last week: 17 rushes, 42 yards, 1 TD, 4 catches, 27 yards in a 49-18 loss at Penn State.

Season: 370 rushes, 1,590 yards, 21 TDs; 25 receptions, 160 yards; 11 kickoff returns, 224 yards.

Ringer wasn’t supposed to have a big day against the Nittany Lion defense - and didn’t.

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