Southeastern Conference teams usually lose several games to each other because they are simply that good.
In years past, though, USC has run away from everyone in the Pac-10.
Saturday's games, and DeSean Jackson's epic performance against Oregon, showed that these top-heavy teams will slug it out until the end.
Oregon fell to Cal 31-24 on the last play of the game, while it took an onside recovery for USC to finally put away the pesky Washington Huskies.
As far as the Heisman goes, the race is wide open right now. Last week's top 3 of Dennis Dixon, John David Booty, and Tim Tebow either lost or played poorly, but any contenders behind them did nothing to really shine.
Thus, we are left with a bizarre and complicated picture of the Heisman race.
#1 Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky, Jr
In a bizarre twist, Wildcats QB phenom Andre Woodson is now the leader in the Heisman race. His team is undefeated and he throws TD's at will. His true value will be tested in the upcoming weeks as they hit the meat of their SEC schedule.
#2 John David Booty, QB, USC, Sr
While he didn't exactly dominate UW, he did win and his team is still ranked in the top 2 among all teams. Booty has plenty of games to impress in the coming weeks, and as long as his team wins, he will be a legit candidate.
#3 Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College, Sr
The senior led to team to an unimpressive victory over UMass, but again, Ryan is undefeated this season and he is the reigning conference player of the year. He will be mentioned highly until he does something to mess it up.
#4 Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon, Sr
Dixon and his Ducks suffered their first loss of the season, and Dixon threw his first 2 INT's, but he was still an impressive 31-44 with a TD, and had Cameron Colvin not fumbled on the 1 yard line at the end of the game, Dixon could very well be the front-runner while his team would be ranked in the top 5. Tough break, Dennis.
#5 Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas, Jr
D-Mac is simply the best running back in football and while his status as a top 5 draft pick is set in stone, his Heisman chances hinge on his team's future success as their SEC schedule really picks up steam.
Outside Looking In:
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
Erik Ainge, QB, Tennessee
DeSean Jackson, WR, Cal
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!