Wanted: a Heisman front-runner. The competition was expected to be dominated by the holy trinity of quarterbacks—Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, Colt McCoy of Texas and Tim Tebow of Florida—but that hasn't happened thanks to injury (Bradford, sprained AC joint), inaccuracy (McCoy, five interceptions) and indifference (Tebow, good but not great against lackluster foes). Meanwhile, dark horses who had charged into the race have shown signs of fading just as quickly, the most recent being Miami quarterback Jacory Harris (below) and Cal running back Jahvid Best. But with impressive performances this Saturday against Oklahoma and USC, respectively, Harris and Best can make up ground quickly on the sluggish field.
This is an article from the Oct. 5, 2009 issue