Looking ahead to 2008
Several sites have explored the 2008 Heisman race (in case you missed it, Strike the Pose issued its top 10 on Tuesday).
Here are a few links to what the other experts are thinking on next year's race ...
Several sites have explored the 2008 Heisman race (in case you missed it, Strike the Pose issued its top 10 on Tuesday).
Here are a few links to what the other experts are thinking on next year's race ...
How refreshing ... UCF's Kevin Smith ranks fifth in the latest CBS poll. Think he'll get to New York? Nope, but it's fun to think that small-school guys like Smith and Matt Forte can get some recognition.
ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel has Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon tabbed as his Heisman favorite. The rest of his top five ballot: (2) Darren McFadden; (3) Pat White; (4) Tim Tebow; (5) Colt Brennan.
Writes Maisel, "This isn't complicated: Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon is the best player I saw this season." That's a bold statement, and we like it (even if we do not agree). If ever there was a year to vote for somkeone who didn't finish up the final few games of the regular season, this is it.
THe rest of the ESPN.com Heisman crew does not agree. Click here to see ...
Tim Tebow has dominated the latest CSTV.com Heisman Watch. Click here for the full results ...
It appears that Strike the Pose wasn't the only critic of Colt Brennan's campaign (well, before the Boise State blowout, anyhow).
Writes Pat Forde of ESPN.com, "I became a convert in the Boise State game. I'd never knocked Brennan at all, but wondered how much was just a piling up of pretty numbers in a juiced up passing game against outmatched opponents. But 495 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions against a quality opponent convinced me."
For CBS' five-person Heisman panel it's Tim Tebow, Chase Daniel, Darren McFadden and everyone else. All of the panelists have those three among the top three on individual ballots, but after that it varies quite a bit.
Kevin Smith of UCF ... yeah, he deserves attention argues Pete Fiutak of College Football News.
Says Fiutak, " If he runs for his average against Tulsa in the Conference USA title game and in the bowl, he'll finish with more than 2,500 rushing yards. He won't be a finalist, but the numbers will be too tremendous for many to keep ignoring."
SI.com Heisman writer Gene Menez makes a good point about his No. 4 ranked candidate, Dennis Dixon of Oregon.
Argues Menez, "It seems unthinkable, but Dixon has a better Heisman resume now than he did two weeks ago when he was lost for the season with the knee injury. The evidence? The Ducks' once-potent offense has simply crashed without the dual-threat Dixon, culminating in Saturday's shutout at the hands of 5-5 UCLA."
In the Heisman Pundit's latest straw poll, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden is ahead of Chase Daniel for the No. 2 spot.
Argues MSNBC this week of Tim Tebow, "It would be shameful if his class standing was the only thing that prevented him from winning. As for playing on a team with three losses, both Paul Hornung and Ty Detmer did the same but their individual excellence won out."
Although we can't agree with it, LSU lineman Glenn Dorsey picked up two second place votes in the latest CSTV.com poll, helping him to place fifth overall this week. Dorsey will likely score favor from a certain percentage of Heisman voters as well.
Writes Jim Donnan of quarterback Matt Ryan, "Although he struggled a bit in Boston College's losses, he's still one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the nation." Ryan is ranked second on Donnan's ballot this week.
Jim, get with the program, Ryan's Heisman campaign is done.
All five CBS Heisman panelists prefer Florida quarterback Tim Tebow over the rest of the competition. The most interesting pick on a ballot? Dennis Dodd has Missouri freshman receiver Jeremy Maclin ranked fourth.
Matt Forte of Tulane is still in the picture for the Heisman, says College Football News writer Pete Fiutak.
Fiutak writes, "No one knows who he is, and almost no one has seen him play, but after a 194-yard day against Rice, he eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark with one more game to go."
Why not, argues Gene Menez of SI.com. After all, he is by far, the nation's most accomplished receiver for 2007.
Fans do not want to believe that their favorite candidate will be at all impacted by his team's won/loss success. Heisman history suggests winning does matter. In its recent column, Heisman Pundit has listed the number of past winners whose teams had lost three, four, or more games in a given season. It is well documented that Paul Hornung was the lone winner from a bad team (and he won by a tight margin). The first winner, Jay Berwanger, played on a team with four losses. Other than that, no other player has been part of a team with four or more losses (a number current frontrunner Tim Tebow is toying with).
Seven players were part of three-loss teams at the time of the vote (only one in the past decade). To see the full list, visit the Heisman Pundit ...
In its recent ranking, MSNBC has went with Tim Tebow, Chase Daniel and Pat White 1,2,3 ... after that, though, the two rankings couldn't be more different.
In the most recent CSTV.com Heisman Watch poll, Tim Tebow took a slim win over Dennis Dixon, 16 to 14. Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing finished third with six points thanks to one first place vote.
A look at the data shows that, of the eight votes cast, three experts didn't pick Dixon in their top three. Of the five who did, four liked him No. 1. Tebow, meanwhile, was on every ballot even though he only scored two first place votes.
On Mel Kiper's top five Heisman ballot this week for ESPN.com, the analyst has picked Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno at No. 5. We like the pick ... for next year. Moreno has been impressive in recent weeks but he does not have enough under his belt to justify a top five vote.
Other surprises from this week's ESPN.com poll: only Dennis Dixon and Tim Tebow appeared in the top five on every one of the 15 ballots cast. Even more surprising, of those 15 ballots, 14 picked Dixon first.
Give CSTV.com college football expert Adam Caparell credit; he has not wavered on his pick of Tim Tebow for the Heisman. While the CBS Sports panel has changed its mind each week, Caparell has stuck with Tebow through thick and thin. Now it's rubbed off on the panel. Three of five now pick Tebow, and the Florida quarterback has claimed the overall lead.
College Football News' Pete Fiutak offers up his list of legitimate Heisman candidates each week. This week one name stands out: Clemson's junior quarterback Cullen Harper. Writes Fiutak, "All of a sudden, Harper, not Boston College's Matt Ryan, is the ACC's best quarterback with 26 touchdown passes and four interceptions."
Writes Gene Menez of SportsIllustrated.com, "... Chase Daniel should be getting serious consideration for the stiff-armed statuette. He's the ringmaster of one of the nation's most prolific offenses, his numbers rival those of any other candidate and he has the 9-1 Tigers in national title contention."
Still, though, Daniel only makes No. 3 on Menez's list this week. Click here for his full ranking ...
By a vote of 21 to 20, Heisman Pundit voters chose Dennis Dixon of Oregon over Florida's Tim Tebow. The No. 3 candidate scored just four points. Has this officially become a two-man race? Pundit pollsters must think so.
According to MSNBC, "Tebow laid down a strong case for becoming the first sophomore to win the Heisman with a seven-TD performance against the Gamecocks." For this reason the site prefers the Florida quarterback over Oregon's Dennis Dixon.
Of the 10 ballots cast in the recent CSTV.com Heisman poll, one voter did not rank Oregon's Dennis Dixon among the top three candidates. Crazy. And four of the 10 picked Darren McFadden as the top choice.
In his latest ballot, ESPN.com's David Duffey is high on West Virginia quarterback Pat White, ranking him second. Writes Duffey, "A big night against the porous Louisville defense ... would be a big boost to White's chances." Sure, but he won't approach the No. 2 spot -- not even close.
Writes Pete Fiutak of Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, "If he can be the reason Arkansas beats LSU, and screws up the Tigers' national title season, then that might be enough to get him a slew of first place votes. He already holds the unofficial title as the most talented player in college football." Hard to argue against that, but Fiutak still cannot place McFadden atop his leaderboard in this week's Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown on College Football News.
We poke fun at Gene Menez of Sports Illustrated, only because he has the guts to go against the grain. While it makes him an easy target, it's also a sign of character. Menez refused to get on the Dennis Dixon bandwagon this week, and he stuck with Florida's Tim Tebow as the top-ranked candidate. That could prove wise if Tebow is able to make these next few weeks count. However, if Tebow stumbles to either South Carolina or Florida State ...
The Heisman Pundit, like most, has suggesteed Dennis Dixon is now the frontrunner in the 2007 Heisman race. The frontrunner for 2008? Click here to find out ...
So say MSNBC this week, "Ladies and gentlemen, meet Dennis Dixon, your new Heisman frontrunner."
Like most, the site was impressed with how well the quarterback handled the test against Arizona State. So were we, which is why Dixon landed atop our rankings yesterday, as well.
Two of four panelists picked Dennis Dixon to win the Heisman, while CSTV.com's Adam Caparell stuck with Florida's Tim Tebow and J. Darin Darst picked Matt Ryan of Boston College. Another surprise: Dennis Dodd picked Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman No. 2. Hmmmm.
In his 'Brutally Honest Heisman Breakdown' column this week, College Football News writer Pete Fiutak lists Tulane's Matt Forte in the category of 'No current chance to win it, but deserves to be in the discussion.'
Says Fiutak of Forte, "His team is awful, but the numbers are becoming too ridiculous to ignore. "
In his weekly Heisman ranking for SportsIllustrated.com, Gene Menez has both Dennis Dixon (No. 3) and Jonathan Stewart (No. 5) ranked.
Of Stewart, Menez writes "I'm still sticking to the theory that Dixon, not Stewart, makes the Ducks offense run as smoothly as it does, but after Saturday's 103-yard, two-touchdown effort, Im starting to come around to Stewart's side."
Wait a minute. You can't have it both ways. In the past, teams have sent more than one player to New York. But in the case of Oregon, it will be one or the other, not both.
Give the Heisman Pundit credit for having the guts to pick Oregon as its top ranked team in the country. We admire any site willing to go against the grain. But in this week's ranking, the Pundit kept Tim Tebow listed as its top candidate. Uh-uh, can't agree there. How could Tebow stay No. 1 when Matt Ryan won a bigger game and is playing for an undefeated squad? Another interesting pick -- Darren McFadden at No. 5. No way.
In its weekly ranking, MSNBC has Matt Ryan in the top spot (who doesn't?) but behind him the site prefers Dennis Dixon of Oregon. That's a bit of a surprise to us, considering how well running back Jonathan Stewart has played as of late. Many believe that for Oregon to get back Arizona State this week, the Ducks will need a big game out of Dixon. We agree. But until that happens, Dixon is not a top three candidate.
By a score of 19 to 18, Tim Tebow has taken back the lead in the CSTV.com weekly poll, narrowly edging out Kentucky's Andre Woodson. A few other interesting names made this week's list: Matt Forte of Tulane and Todd Reesing of Kansas. Click here to see the full top 10 voting ...
Chris Spielman of ESPN.com is the highlighted ballot this week. Of his top five, the one pick to stand out is Dennis Dixon at No. 2. Argues Spielman, "The improvement he's made this year is outstanding, and his ability to both run and throw the ball effectively has Oregon challenging for conference and national titles." Click here to see the rest of Spielman's ballot and how the panel voted ...
A week ago, only one of the CBS panelists believed Tim Tebow was the top candidate. Now three of four agree. Not editor Sid Saraf, though. He likes Tebow's latest victim, Andre Woodsoon. Hmmmm, interesting. Can't justify it myself, but I'd love to hear Sarif's rationale.
Also of note, the top five did not include Mike Hart. Again, very interesting ...
As far as College Football News is concerned, there are now six possible favorites for this Trophy. While the winner may surprise some readers, one of the top six was even more of a surprise to us -- Colt Brennan of Hawaii. Are ya' kiddin!? Who has he played? Put him against Missouri and see if he does any better than Graham Harrell did last week.
Writes SI.com's Gene Menez, "For the first time all season, this Watch has a clear leader ..." We couldn't agree more. A week from now, however, that could all change. Give kudos to Menez for having the guts to place both Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart in his weekly top 10. Click here for a look ...
The Heisman Pundit says the race is now down to four candidates. Click here to see if you agree with the four the site still believes in.
In its weekly Heisman ranking, MSNBC has picked Mike Hart of Michigan as its seventh-rated candidate. Somehow we wonder how six other players have shuffled in front of Hart. Hey, we'll admit that we were not convinced a month ago that Hart could climb back into contention, but we're certain he is more of a contender now than MSNBC's No. 5 choice, Darren McFadden. Click here to see the rest of the top 10 ...
The CSTV.com weekly poll is out and Andre' Woodson has taken a commanding lead over the field. Be sure to visit the poll to see the top 10. Of note, one expert gave a third place nod to South Florida defensive end George Selvie. Wow, this race really is wide open.
Of his No. 5 ranked candidate Graham Harrell, ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach writes, "Unlike Hawaii's Colt Brennan, Harrell is putting up ridiculous statistics against pretty good competition." We couldn't agree more. Click here to see Schlabach's ballot and the ESPN.com top five ...
Three of four CBS experts picked Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan is the current frontrunner for the Heisman. The lone voice of descent? CSTV.com's Adam Caparell, who still favors Tim Tebow. Click here to see each ballot and the consensus ...
And, in case you missed it, Ryan came out on top in the Strike the Pose weekly ranking, too
Gene Menez believes Tim Tebow's week away from action served him well. Tebow has climbed back out front in the SI.com ranking. That's a pick we can understand, but no Andre' Woodson in the top 10!? C'mon Gene, get real! Click here for the complete top 10 ...
If the Heisman race were held this week, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden would still be the winner says the Heisman Pundit. We couldn't disagree more. Sure, we understand that McFadden's name is the easiest to remember, but voters are well aware of his three losses already. And by the time the season's through, we suspect McFadden will have a few more of losses tied to his name.
Andre' Woodson's efforts in last week's win over LSU was all it took for MSNBC to bump him back to the front of their rankings. Have a look at the rest of the top 10 ...
In this week's look back at a Heisman legend, CSTV.com's Adam Caparell talks to 1972 Nebraska winner Johnny Rodgers, who made lasting memories (especially in the '71 contest against Oklahoma). Special teams, running, catching ... Rodgers could do it all.
Pete Fiutak of College Football News and Fox Sports has been around the college game for a long time. When he speaks others listen, which is why his selection of Mike Hart as the current leader in the Heisman race is so powerful. There have been whispers about Hart breaking back into the leaderboard ever since Michigan scored its first victory over Notre Dame. But Hart already back to the top of the Heisman standings. Hmm, we respect the courage of the pick, Pete.
It's a surprise that of five CBS Sportsline panelists, four chose Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan as either the first or second best Heisman candidate at this point (the other panelist chose not to rank Ryan in the top five).
That level of praise put Ryan in a first-place tie with Tim Tebow as the mid-season favorite for CBS. Click here to see the rest of the top 5 and the individual ballots ..
For the third straight week, CSTV.com experts picked a new Heisman frontrunner, this time going with the guy who had owned the spot from Weeks 1-3, Darren McFadden.
McFadden was the only candidate to receive multiple first place votes (four) and his 14 total points were considerably more than second-place finisher Tim Tebow.
In its weekly ranking, the Heisman Pundit predicts that, if held today, voting would hand Arkansas running back Darren McFadden the Heisman by a landslide. That's a bold statement, but it's probably true. McFadden is the safe pick, and amongst a crowd of questionable candidates, voters would most likely favor him at this point, despite the Razorbacks' early-season woes.
It's truly touching just how long MSNBC has hung on to West Virginia quarterback in its top 10 ranking. But this week's No. 5 ranking is a bit much. White, like Hawaii's Colt Brennan, has missed too much action to be a serious consideration, and his Mountaineers are still in recovery mode from a bitter loss to South Florida.
We like White, just no longer as a Heisman contender.
Click here for a full list of Mike Woods' Oct. 9 rankings on MSNBC ...
Apparently, ESPN.com's Rod Gilmore disagrees with SI.com's Gene Menez. Gilmore has DeSean Jackson ranked atop his Oct. 9 ballot (Jackson ranked third in the ESPN weekly expert poll). We were a little surprised by Gilmore's No. 3 selection, however: Colt Brennan of Hawaii. Is he still Heisman eligible? Brennan has spent too much time on the sideline and not enough time picking apart the nation's worst secondaries to earn a top 5 vote.
In his latest Heisman column, SportsIllustrated.com's Gene Menez rattles off the top 10 mid-season candidates for the Heisman. His top four aren't much of a surprise, outside of the order they are arranged, but at the bottom of the list I found a peculiar entry: Kansas State receiver Jordy Nelson.
Writes Menez, "I know I'm going to take some heat for including Nelson, but there hasn't been a more dangerous receiver/punt returner in the nation this season. And that includes DeSean Jackson." While we agree Jackson has been awesome at times, absent at others, Nelson cannot compete with Cal's versatile threat (ranked No. 10 by Menez this week).
When Desmond Howard pulled up in the end zone and did his Heisman pose against Ohio State in 1991, it cemented his spot in New York. Howard gave us one of the most memorable moments in Heisman history. Read about it in Adam Caparell's feature on the Michigan great.
CSTV.com writer Adam Caparell has posted an entertaining story on one of my favorite Heisman winners, the Tyler Rose, Earl Campbell. One of the most dominating rushers at the collegiate and professional level, it's a shame what the game has done to the man.
In the latest Heisman Watch, Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson jumped out front. Can't help notice that USC's John David Booty was a no-show in the top 10. Puzzling.
In its Oct. 2 edition, the Heisman Pundit believes Mike Hart is among the top five vote getters, meaning the Michigan back would be packing his bags come December. That's a long journey back from Hart's lost Heisman campaign of a few weeks ago.
What is it with the folks at MSNBC? This week they still have Tim Tebow ranked ahead of Andre Woodson, and have West Virginia's Pat White at No. 4. Ahh, yeah, that's believable. Even worse, where is Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill? He's not ranked, but Colt Brennan is No. 6. Yikes!
The latest Heisman list is out at ESPN.com. As a sidebar, the site asked one of its experts for his top 5. Like Strike the Pose, author McShay has Kentucky's Andre Woodson as his favorite. But at No. 2 McShay likes BC quarterback Matt Ryan. A gutsy pick, but not without merit. Ryan has been strong in guiding his club to a perfect start and if BC stays on that path Ryan will undoubtedly be sitting in New York come December.
SI.com writer Gene Menez has a new No. 1 in this week's ranking. Menez also has a soft spot for Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell. He ranks Harrell ahead of other quarterbacks, like Colt Brennan, Brian Brohm and Dennis Dixon. We can't argue with the first two, but picking the 'system' quarterback over Dixon at this point is ridiculous. Oregon has done more, and Dixon is the more dynamic player. My kid could post 400 yards passing in the Red Raiders' attack. Harrell is good, but not special.
Even after suffering two losses, the Heisman Pundit has picked Arkansas running back Darren McFadden as its favorite in the site's latest ranking. For this we are surprised, although we do credit the Pundit for raising the question, 'How many more losses will Heisman voters tolerate from McFadden's Razorbacks?' Our answer: none.
You have to hand it to MSNBC Heisman columnist Mike Woods. The guy makes some gutsy picks, and for that we are grateful (what fun would a ranking be without the heated debate that follows?). In this week's ranking his most surprising pick is Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon at No. 4. We like Dixon, although not quite that much. If Oregon is somehow able to rise to the top of the Pac-10, Woods will look like a genius come December.
While it's been difficult enough to swallow the wave of support for Tim Tebow in major media Heisman rankings, it's a bit odd that MSNBC still has Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan in its top three. Good numbers, sure. Good player, you bet. Better candidate than John David Booty (No. 7)? Ahh, not in our opinion.
We love Sports Illustrated's Gene Menez, but we have to question two of his picks in this week's top 10 Heisman ranking: Michigan's Mike Hart (No. 10) and Louisville's Brian Brohm (No. 3). How can Hart exist in any Heisman ranking, let alone a top 10? The Wolverines are done, and no voter is going to applaud Hart even if Michigan wins out and gets a respectable bowl bid. As for Brohm ... top 10, sure. Top 3? No way!
The Heisman Pundit has Pat White listed among its top five in their latest ranking. Let this serve notice to all sites still high on White, his ship has set sail and it isn't coming back.
In the latest ESPN poll, Florida's Tim Tebow is on the rise. But the second ranked Heisman candidate? You won't believe it when you see it ...
CSTV.com's weekly Heisman poll is out. Arkansas running back Darren McFadden is No. 1. The second-ranked player may surprise some you (surprise to me) ...
We took a closer look at Pat White's campaign last week, in part because the talented West Virginia QB has been overlooked for so long. He jumped in our rankings yesterday, but not as much as he did in another ranking. The Heisman Pundit moved White into its No. 4 slot, three spots ahead of teammate Steve Slaton. While we're not sure White deserves to be ranked that high yet (he's two spots lower in our ranking), it's good to see other sites are taking notice. We suspect voters are, too. To view the rest of Pundit's rankings, click here.
Apparently Michigan running back Mike Hart didn't get the memo. His team 0-2 already, Hart has guaranteed a victory over Notre Dame this weekend. Uh, Mike, that's great and everything, but the party is over for 2007. Guaranteeing victories is for teams on the eve of a title game, not programs already in meltdown mode. And, one more thing, guaranteeing a win over this year's Notre Dame squad is on par with Tiger Woods guaranteeing he'll place higher than John Daly at a major. Save it!
The folks at College Football News do an excellent job with their coverage. Their weekly player poll (not Heisman specific) lists someone who has received little buzz in Heisman circles thus far -- Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. Seems CFN likes him so much, he's already climbed to No. 2 in the overall ranking after earning player-of-the-week honors for this past weekend. Fans of this column can expect to see Bradford enter our weekly top 25 ranking on Tuesday, though not nearly as high as CFN has him.
At this point in the season, it's difficult to set odds for Heisman hopefuls, but Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Doug Lesmerises gives it a shot this week in his Heisman watch. Atop the list is quarterback Brian Brohm of Louisville at 9:2. Other candidates odds of interest ... in fourth, Rutgers running back Ray Rice (10:1) and Dennis Dixon of Oregon in seventh (50:1) To read the complete list of odds, click here
In case you missed it, CSTV's Adam Caparell recently interviewed former Pitt great, and Heisman winner, Tony Dorsett.
The latest ESPN.com Heisman poll has few surprises. Arkansas running back Darren McFadden has a commanding lead. His 67 points are more than double the total of No. 2 ranked Brian Brohm. And of the 15 votes cast, only two first place votes went to someone other than McFadden (one to John David Booty, the other to Pat White). The newest addition to ESPN.com's Heisman Watch? Try Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards, who completed 73.9 percent of his passes and tossed three touchdowns in the upset win over Michigan. We appreciate the kind gesture on the part of the voter who listed Edwards fifth on his ballot, but the Joe Dudek's of the world just don't get respect come voting time.
If the season ended today, SportsIllustrated.com's Gene Menez likes Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm to win the Heisman. Think he's crazy!? We don't.
In its latest ranking, the Heisman Pundit has Nebraska running back Marlon Lucky and quarterback Sam Keller listed in the top 10 -- Nos. 9 and 10, respectively. Not sure about you, but we're not buying.
Now that Colt Brennan has legitimized his Heisman camapign with an opening weekend jaw-dropping statline, his Heisman site is buzzing with hits. We'll see how many visitors he registers after the Warriors face tougher secondaries in the coming weeks.
Guess we're not the only ones who believe 188 yards and three scores is not enough to save a Heisman campaign from an embarrassing loss. Michigan running back Mike Hart has fallen a few spots in Mike Woods' MSNBC Heisman column. An updated CSTV top 25 ranking will be released tomorrow.