Harrell’s on top, as long as Tech wins

Steve Murray
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Wednesday - November 14, 2008
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1. Graham Harrell. Texas Tech, Sr., 10-0. No. 2 AP. (Last Week: 3)

Last Week: 40-50, 456 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs, QB rating: 196.2; 56-20 win over Oklahoma State.

Season: 332-463, 4,077 yards, 36 TDs, 5 INTs, QB rating: 169.2; 6 rushing touchdowns.

Weeks ago the Heisman was McCoy’s to lose as long as Texas kept winning. Now it’s Herrell’s turn. The senior took apart No. 11 OK State becoming the third consecutive ranked team to fall to the Red Raiders. In that stretch, the senior completed 75.8 percent of his passes for 1,316 yards with 13 TDs and 0 INTs.

2. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, QB, So., 9-1. No. 5 AP. (Last Week:1)

Last week: 22-33 passing, 320 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, 1 rushing touchdown. QB rating: 188.1; in a 66-28 win at Texas A&M. Season: 224-330 passing, 3,406 yards, 38 TDs, 6 INTs, 4 rushing touchdowns. QB rating: 188.9.


Bradford will have a chance to regain the top spot with a victory over Tech this week. The Sooner offense has been steam-rolling opponents since its loss to Texas, averaging 57.75 points per game, but the Tech defense is second in the conference, giving up 22.2 and leads in INTs (16). This one is going to be fun.

3. Colt McCoy, Texas, QB, Jr., 9-1. No. 4 AP. (Last Week: 2)

Last week: 26-37 passing, 300 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs; QB rating: 172.2; in a 45-21 win over Baylor.

Season: 244-313 passing, 2,879 yards, 28 TDs, 7 INT, QB rating: 180.3; 101 rushes, 449 yards, 7 TDs.

Opponent and INTs cost McCoy some Heisman real estate. So did Harrell’s continued excellence. The junior, who already said he is coming back for his senior season, will be able to pad his stats in the coming weeks with Baylor and A&M left on the schedule, but he’s going to need a statement game and some help from Bradford and Harrell to finish No. 1. 4. Chase Daniel, Missouri, QB, Sr., 8-2. No. 12 AP. (Last Week: 4)

Last week: 24-36 passing, 271 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, QB rating: 137.1; in a 41-24 win over Kansas State.

Season: 274-360 passing, 3,264 yards, 28 TDs, 10 INT; 40 rushes, 137 yards, QB rating: 172.4

Week 10 for Daniel wasn’t exactly a thing of beauty against a K State team with only one conference victory. His ability to maintain his position is due more to the weakening competition than to individual success. Iowa State (0 conference wins) and Kansas (3-3) will provide stats and little competition. 5. Tim Tebow, Florida, QB, Jr., 8-1. No. 3 AP. (Last Week: 6)

Last week: 12-17 passing, 171 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, 11 rushes, 88 yards, 2 TDs, QB rating: 213.3 in a 42-14 win at Vanderbilt.

Season: 126-194 passing, 1,740 yards, 17 TDs, 2 INTs, QB rating: 167.1; 105 rushes, 354 yards, 10 TDs.

At year ago Tebow won the award after passing for 3,286 yards, rushing for 895 and passing and running for 55 touch-downs. He won’t match those numbers and won’t win the Heisman, but he is slowly moving up in the pack, and the Gators are the team no one wants to play. Not even No. 1 ‘Bama.

6. Max Hall, BYU, QB, Jr. 9-1. No. 16 AP. (Last Week: 5)

Last week: 25-30 passing, 317 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, QB rating: 205.1; in a 41-12 win over San Diego State.

Season: 251-353 passing, 3,070 yards, 32 TDs, 7 INTs, QB rating: 170.1.

The stats are there but its hard to look impressive piling up numbers against bad competition. An 83 percent completion percentage, 300 yards passing and a rating into the second century is tasty but not very fulfilling considering the opponent. 7. Javon Ringer, Michigan State, RB, Sr., 9-2. No. 18 AP. (Last Week: 8)

Last week: 32 rushes, 121 yards, 2 TDs in a 21-7 win over Purdue.

Season: 353 rushes, 1,548 yards, 20 TDs; 21 receptions, 133 yards; 11 kickoff returns, 224 yards.

Ringer continues to carry his team toward a BCS date and has slowly increased his lead on the nation’s rushing list. Penn State looked bad against Iowa but is at home and will be a tough test for a State team that is 0-1 against ranked opponents.

8. Daryll Clark, Penn State, QB, Jr., 9-1. No. 7 AP. (Last Week: 7)

Last week: 9-23 passing, 86 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, QB rating: 61.8 in a 24-23 loss at Iowa.

Season: 135-223 passing, 1,738 yards, 11 TDs, 3 INT, 60 rushes, 235 yards, 8 TDs, QB rating: 139.6.

Clark’s performance did more than halt any outside chance of getting a New York invite, it ended the Nittany Lions’ shot at a national title. The Spartans will try to keep him off the field by feeding the ball to Ringer which will mean fewer chances to impress for Clark. 9. David Johnson, Tulsa QB, Sr., 8-1. No. 25 AP. (Last Week: 9)

Last Week: Did not play. Season: 172-258 passing, 2,983 yards, 33 TDs, 10 INTs, QB rating: 198.2

Tulsa sneaked into the top 25 with losses by Maryland, Georgia Tech, Cal and West Virginia. No real challenges remain and an 12-1 season is likely. 10. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, WR, Soph., 8-2, No. 11 AP. (unranked)

Season: 64 catches, 1,140 yards, 15 TDs; 15 punt returns for 288 yards, 2 TDs.

With Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin reaping headlines, Bryant has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Cowboys. He leads the nation in yards per game, is second in receiving yards and third in touchdowns.

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