It’s hard to tell what Tim Tebow’s performance against LSU meant this Saturday. Tebow was returning from a concussion suffered two weeks ago, and was obviously a little hobbled by the off time, throwing wobbly balls to his receivers, and not gaining a very high per-rush average. But no matter his statistical output, Tebow’s performance was enough to get the Gators by the Tigers in Baton Rouge this weekend, and that will count for a lot, especially considering the circumstances from which Tebow returned to lead his Gators to the victory.
A very accurate performance was to be expected from McCoy, but his numbers don’t tell the whole story. McCoy’s performance was severely second-half heavy, as the Texas attack did not look as strong while playing from behind during the first half against Colorado. McCoy’s 265-yard output was his second worst statistical line of the season; only his performance against Texas Tech was less dominant. However, McCoy’s Heisman hopes were not hurt too much, as very few contenders had good weeks.
Harris did not need to play in the second half of his Hurricanes' huge blowout of Florida A&M on Saturday, so his statistics may belie his performance, but his 217 yards and two touchdowns are enough to keep him on this board. The rest of Miami’s schedule doesn’t even come close in toughness to the road Miami has already taken, so Harris may get a good shot to boost his Heisman stock with good performances in conference matchups with the weaker side of the ACC.
Jahvid Best’s spot will be taken this week by Jimmy Clausen, whose numbers outshine Best’s numbers, even though neither played this past weekend. In short, Clausen has had a stellar season for the Fighting Irish, but could quickly lose this spot with a loss and sub-par performance against USC, a matchup which will likely define both Clausen’s and the Irish’s season.
Reesing absolutely lit Iowa State’s defense on fire this past weekend, continuing to strengthen his Heisman hopes, which seemed slim at best at season’s start. His four-TD, 442-yard effort in the Jayhawks’ 41-36 victory was the performance of the weekend among "BCS Know How" Heisman hopefuls, and will solidify his place on the board for quite some time. The meat of Kansas’s Big 12 schedule is ahead, and will be a true test for the senior quarterback.