Week Six Heisman Watch: Matt Ryan on the Rise

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Week Six Heisman Watch: Matt Ryan on the Rise

IconAfter another crazy weekend in college football, the Heisman race is still wide open.

BC's Matt Ryan had a spectacular performance to move up to No. 1 in the newest rankings. USC's John David Booty had a miserable game at Stanford and drops out of the top five.

 1. Matt Ryan, Boston College, QB, Senior

Ryan was 24-32 with four TDs and no INTs in a 55-24 win over Bowling Green.

The knock on Matt is his team's weak schedule, but he has performed admirably all season. The Heisman usually goes to the player most important to his team...and Ryan fits the bill.

2. Dennis Dixon, Oregon, QB, Senior

Dennis and his Ducks took the week off after a tough loss last week against Cal, but the QB's numbers are very impressive this season: 12 TDs against only two INTs.

With USC's loss today, the Ducks have a chance to showcase the senior QB's skills as the Pac-10 season rolls on. Dixon has improved as much as any player in the country this season, and his continued success will keep him in the thick of the Heisman hunt.

3. Andre' Woodson, Kentucky, QB, Junior

Woodson endured a rough outing against South Carolina Thursday night, but one game doesn't drop you from the Heisman race (unless it's truly horrific—see John David Booty).

Woodson had memorable outings earlier this season, and with more SEC games on the schedule will have plenty of opportunities to showcase his skills.

Icon4. Darren McFadden, Arkansas, RB, Junior

Arkansas faced an overmatched foe in UT-Chattanooga, but D-Mac had another 100-yard day with a TD.

Saturday's effort gives the junior 657 yards and six TDs for the season, but his most impressive number is his 6.3 YPC.

Darren is possibly the best player in college football—but can Arkansas win some big SEC games down the road? That will play a major role in determining McFadden's Heisman chances.

5. Erik Ainge, Tennessee, QB, Senior

10 TDs, two INTs, and a couple of sharp performances have Ainge in the neighborhood of contention—and Saturday's 17-22 performance against Georgia did nothing to hurt his chances.

Tennessee, amazingly, has a shot at the SEC title game. If that happens, Ainge will be the centerpiece of the Vols' run.

On the cusp: Steve Slaton, Tim Tebow, P.J. Hill, Ray Rice, Jonathan Stewart, Colt Brennan

Temporarily eliminated from contention: Pat Hill (injury), Mike Hart (bad losses)

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