Newton extends lead over pack, but what about USC QB Barkley?
The national title picture is far from clear, but the Heisman Trophy race appears to be another story.
No, there's no debate over who's in the lead, and clearly you're in complete agreement. The vast majority of e-mails in the Watchman's inbox revolve not around the top of this list, but a quarterback who has yet to make an appearance.
In any other season, USC's
Barkley is eligible, but
It's not as if a player on a team on probation hasn't won before.
Still, Barkley has a chance to make a compelling argument for himself Saturday against No. 1 Oregon. I'm not saying he has a shot at winning the Heisman, that's not likely this season -- but if he delivers against the Ducks, he could certainly give voters, and the Watchman, something to think about.
Also, you'll find Arkansas'
Where to begin? He had
James continued rewriting the Ducks record book, equaling
Moore had the week off, though you could almost say he's had four of the last six weeks off. He's only played two complete games (Virginia Tech and Oregon State) and has sat out large portions of four blowouts. In all, Moore has missed 98 1/2 minutes of play, the equivalent of more than seven quarters. If he maintained his average of 89.5 yards per quarter, that's over 650 yards the Bronco is missing out on.
This was all about putting on a show for Pryor, and not because of what happened at Wisconsin. It was a year ago vs. Purdue that Pryor committed four turnovers as the Buckeyes lost in West Lafayette. He played just over a half Saturday and never ran on a designed run as he led OSU to TDs on six of their first eight possessions, though he wasn't without his missteps -- he had his fourth multi-interception game.
Yep, he can throw, too. T-Magic obliterated
Color me impressed. Heading into last weekend, Nebraska's
His first real tests of the season proved two things everyone assumed that they would: 1) Shoelace couldn't continue his record-breaking start; and 2) his body can't handle the physical pounding he's taking (though his shoulder is expected to be fine for Penn State). Disappointments in those measuring-stick games dropped his stock, but let's not forget that he's only 398 yards from breaking
A former All-America in the 400-meter hurdles, Griffin can still dominate with his legs, but he's clearly made strides as a passer, as he's thrown for at least 380 yards in three of the last four games. While he's leading the Big 12 in passing efficiency, total offense and points responsible for, his most impressive stat may be that he's helped Baylor get bowl eligible for the first time as a Big 12 member.
He didn't have the monster day most expected against Washington State's porous defense, but he did post his fourth game with at least three TD passes this season, and his 19 TDs are six more than he had all of last season. Plus, he's got the Cardinal off to its first 6-1 start since 1970. This week he'll head to Seattle to meet
Dalton, who has averaged 33 rushing yards per game at TCU, must have gotten the memo that 2010 is the Year of the Dual-Threat QB. He did his best Newton/Martinez/Robinson impersonation, running for a career-best 93 yards, including a 47-yard scamper. Dalton has now led the Horned Frogs to 21 straight regular-season wins dating back to 2008.