Wham bam, Sooners’ Sam is the man again

Steve Murray
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Wednesday - November 07, 2008
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1.Sam Bradford,Oklahoma,QB, So., 8-1. No. 6 AP. (Last Week: 2)

Last week: 19-27 passing, 311 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT, QB rating: 220.8; in a 62-28 win against Nebraska. Season: 202-297 passing, 3,086 yards, 34 TD, 6 INT, QB rating: 189.

After a week out of the top slot, Bradford returns after McCoy’s nasty run-in with Texas Tech. McCoy had a tougher test overall, but Bradford was just blistering against a Nebraska team that gives up fewer passing yards than does Tech. In two weeks, Bradford will get his own crack at Harrell.

2. Colt McCoy, Texas, QB, Jr., 8-1. No. 5 AP. (Last Week: 1)

Last week: 20-34 passing, 294 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; QB rating: 145; 13 rushes, 16 yards in a 39-33 loss to Texas Tech.

Season: 218-276 passing, 2,579 yards, 23 TD, 5 INT, QB rating: 181.4; 93 rushes, 428 yards, 7 TDs.

Four great performances in as many weeks against top 12 opponents may have been too much to ask. The junior slipped off the mantle but will take the top spot again should Bradford struggle even just a little. He has a favorable schedule heading out and that should help him as Bradford faces two top 10 teams to close out the regular season.

3. Graham Harrell. Texas Tech, Sr., 9-0. No. 2 AP. (Last Week: 4)

Last Week: 36-53, 474 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QB rating: 155; 39-33 win over Texas.

Season: 292-413, 3,621 yards, 30 TDs, 5 INTs, QB rating: 165.9; 6 rushing touchdowns.

The victory says as much about Tech as it does Herrell, with both moving from questioned contender to legitimate trophy threats. The senior outplayed his opponent throughout, but the big statement came during the game-winning drive with the Longhorns holding the momentum and Harrell coldly moving down the field for the win as time expired.

4. Chase Daniel, Missouri, QB, Sr., 7-2. No. 13 AP. (Last Week: 3)

Last week: 30-38 passing, 318 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT, QB rating: 164.8; in a 31-28 win at Baylor.

Season: 250-324 passing, 2,993 yards, 26 TD, 8 INT; 36 rushes, 159 yards, QB rating 176.3: Although he retains his top-four spot, Daniels has continued his slow slide away from contention. Completing 78.9 of his passes was a plus, but tossing two picks and squeaking out a close victory over a Baylor team that came into the game 1-3 in conference play was costly.

5. Max Hall, BYU, QB, Jr. 8-1. No. 17 AP. (Last Week: 6)

Last week: 28-35 passing, 389 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT, QB rating: 214.8; in a 45-42 win at Colorado State.

Season: 226-323 passing, 2,753 yards, 29 TD, 7 INT, QB rating: 166.9.

BYU was nearly Tech-esque. Down by four with 1:36 left, Hall drove the Cougars 76 yards capped by a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta with 22 seconds remaining. His play was brilliant, but the competition was not. Same old story.

6. Tim Tebow, Florida, QB, Jr.,

7-1. No. 4 AP. (Last Week: 7)

Last week: 10-13 passing, 154 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, QB rating: 227.2; 12 rushes, 39 yards, 3 TDs in a 49-10 win at Georgia.

Season: 114-177 passing, 1,569 yards, 14 TD, 2 INT, QB rating: 162.7; 94 rushes, 266 yards, 8 TDs.

Tebow still does not dominate the competition like he did a year ago, but the Gators keep winning, and Tebow continues on his assault for a second Heisman Trophy. He’s a long way behind the Big Two, but the remaining schedule favors Florida and a national title would help his chances greatly.

7. Daryll Clark, Penn State, QB, Jr., 9-0. No. 3 AP. (Last Week: 9)

Last week: Did not play.

Season: 126-200 passing, 1,652 yards, 11 TD, 2 INT, QB rating: 148.5; 55 rushes, 229 yards, 8 TDs.

With three weeks to go and only one ranked opponent, Penn State remains in an enviable position. Clark’s trophy chances not so much. Still a national title will go a long way in soothing the hurt.

8. Javon Ringer, Michigan State, RB, Sr., 8-2. No. 18 AP. (Last Week:5)Last week: 21 rushes, 54 yards, 2 TD; 3 receptions, 10 yards in a 25-24 win over Wisconsin.

Season: 321 rushes, 1,427 yards, 18 TD; 20 receptions, 130 yards; 11 kickoff returns, 224 yards.

Ringer came into the game the nation’s leading runner and remains so even as his Heisman chances tumble. His performance was hampered by illness, but voters won’t know or care.

9. David Johnson, Tulsa, QB, Sr., 8-1. Unranked. (Last Week: 10)

Last Week: 17-31 passing, 322 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int., QB rating: 146.3; in a 30-23 loss at Arkansas.

Season 172-258 passing, 2,983 yards, 33 TD, 10 INT, QB rating: 198.2

Arkansas won, but Johnson was adequate and Tulsa remains atop the division. Team success is really all he can hope for.

10.Donald Brown,Connecticut, RB, Jr. 6-3. Unranked. (Last Week:

8)Last week: 19 rushes, 82 yards, 1 TD in a 35-13 loss to West Virginia.

Season: 254 rushes, 1,406 yards, 15 TDs; 19 receptions, 113 yards. Connecticut continues its downward slide and Brown is going down with the ship. He has three more chances to impress voters for next year.

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