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Bradford has one final chance to take the Trophy from McCoy

Texas may have gotten squeezed out of the Big 12 championship game by the conference's tiebreaker rules and some BCS computers, but Longhorns' quarterback Colt McCoy still has a slim lead over Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford entering the final leg of this head-bobbing, photo finish of a Heisman race. Bradford, however, has one advantage over McCoy: the chance to play one last time in a nationally televised game. When Oklahoma takes on Missouri in the Big 12 title game, a BCS championship game berth and the Heisman Trophy will be at stake.

The list has been narrowed from seven to five this week, and the season finale comes next week when The Watch reveals its ballot for the stiff-armed statuette.

Last week: 23-of-28 passing, 311 yards, 2 TDs; 11 rushes, 49 yards, 2 TDs in a 49-9 victory over Texas A&M.

Season: 291-of-375 passing, 3,445 yards, 32 TDs, 7 INTs; 128 rushes, 576 yards, 10 TDs.

Heisman-o-meter: If you avoided the tryptophan coma from Thanksgiving dinner and caught Texas' beatdown of Texas A&M, you saw why McCoy is No. 1 on The Watch. Despite getting hit repeatedly by the Aggies (he was sacked three times and belted several more), he showed remarkable toughness and had a typical McCoy game, moving the chains on third down and making plays with both his arm and feet (he had touchdown runs of 16 and 14 yards). The Horns were more screen-heavy than usual against the Aggies, giving McCoy some cheap yards, but he was also pulled early in the fourth quarter when he could've easily been in the game for some stat-padding. With Texas out of the Big 12 championship game, his résumé is complete, and it is without question Heisman-worthy. But will it be enough to hold off Bradford?

Up next: Regular season complete.

Last week: 30-of-44 passing, 370 yards, 4 TDs; 4 rushes, 16 yards, 1 TD in a 61-41 victory at No. 11 Oklahoma State.

Season: 268-of-393 passing, 4,080 yards, 46 TDs, 6 INTs; 39 rushes, 58 yards, 5 TDs.

Heisman-o-meter: With his defense yielding points faster than October's Dow Jones, Bradford needed to be brilliant this weekend, and he was. The Sooners' quarterback, who played much of the game with torn ligaments in his non-throwing hand (the injury will require surgery after the Big 12 championship game), zipped several balls in tight windows and led Oklahoma, at one point, to touchdowns on six straight possessions. He got lucky too, finding tight end Jermaine Gresham for a 73-yard touchdown that bounced high off Manny Johnson's hands and scooped up a fumbled snap, which he ran in for a two-yard touchdown on fourth down. With the Sooners' controversial berth in the Big 12 title game, Bradford has a key opportunity to impress undecided Heisman voters while McCoy watches from home.

Up next: Big 12 championship game Saturday against No. 20 Missouri in Kansas City.

Last week: 12-of-21 passing, 185 yards, 3 TDs; 16 rushes, 80 yards, 1 TD in a 45-15 victory at No. 23 Florida State.

Season: 160-of-246 passing, 2,299 yards, 25 TDs, 2 INTs; 137 rushes, 507 yards, 12 TDs.

Heisman-o-meter: Touchdown Tim gashed Florida State with his legs early on the slippery Doak Campbell Stadium field and then burned the Seminoles through the air despite the steady rain throughout the game. The only thing that seemed to not go right for Tebow, who looked even more fired up than usual on Saturday, was that he was stuffed on fourth-and-one near the end zone in the third quarter. Can he catch McCoy and Bradford for No. 1 by rolling the Tide on Saturday? Not on this list, but he could sway other voters to make the Dec. 13 ceremony interesting.

Up next: SEC championship game Saturday against No. 1 Alabama in Atlanta.

Last week: 41-of-50 passing, 309 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT; 3 rushes, minus-15 yards in a 35-28 victory over Baylor.

Season: 406-of-568 passing, 4,747 yards, 41 TDs, 7 INTs; 35 rushes, minus-58 yards, 6 TDs.

Heisman-o-meter: This was a gutsy effort from Harrell, who shook off two broken fingers on his non-throwing hand (which required surgery on Sunday) to rally the Red Raiders, down by 14 at one point in the second half, to victory. Harrell was limited to the short throws (it didn't help that all-everything game breaker Michael Crabtree went out of the game in the middle of the second quarter with a nagging right ankle injury) and even fumbled away the ball in the second quarter, leading to a Bears touchdown. But he did throw a beautiful four-yard pass to Detron Lewis for the go-ahead points midway through the fourth quarter.

Up next: Regular season complete.

Last week: Idle.

Season: 278 rushes, 1,729 yards, 17 TDs; 8 receptions, 49 yards.

Heisman-o-meter: The Hawkeyes' big back didn't have a game last week but was productive nonetheless. He earned the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award and was named a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, which will be given to the nation's top running back on Dec. 11. The other finalists for the Doak Walker are Michigan State's Javon Ringer (his 4.30 yards per carry is the worst among the top 74 rushers) and Georgia's Knowshon Moreno (99 yards combined in his team's two biggest games, Alabama and Florida) so Greene is The Watch's pick to win it. Greene may even be in The Watch's top three in next week's season finale.

Up next: Regular season complete.

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