Heisman Race: Andre' Woodson Leads the Field

Mark Scacewater@ScaceH20Analyst IOctober 21, 2007

If the ceremony were tonight, my invite list would look this:

Icon Sports Media5. Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, RB, JR

Saturday: 32 carries, 251 yards, 2 TDs

Season: 131 carries, 940 yards, 7 TDs

Going into the UW game, Stewart was the second-leading rusher in the Pac-10. His performance tonight puts him in the Heisman conversation.

While Stewart still needs to impress against USC and Arizona State, he's clearly a major reason for Oregon's recent success.

4. Matt Ryan, Boston College, QB, SR

Saturday: Bye

Season: 192-304, 17 TDs, 6 INTs

Ryan's chances of winning depend on the fate of his team.

If BC goes undefeated and Ryan puts up average numbers, he'll be a finalist. If BC goes undefeated and Ryan throws for 30 TDs and fewer than 15 INTs, I think he'll win.

The senior has to improve his TD-to-INT ratio.

3. Tim Tebow, Florida, QB, SOIcon

Saturday: 18-26, 256, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 1 Rushing TD

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Season: 197-298, 17 TDs, 5 INTs, 10 Rushing TDs

Tebow continues to put up huge numbers—and looks like a sure bet to be a finalist.

Tebow's only problem is that no sophomore has ever won the Heisman. If he keeps up his current pace, though, it'll be hard not to give him the hardware.

2. Dennis Dixon, Oregon, QB, SR

Saturday: 19-30, 196, 1 TD, 1 INT; 12 Rushes, 99 yards, 1 TD

Season: 137-198, 1721, 16 TDs, 3 INTs; 7 Rushing TDs

I put Dixon this high based on his low INT total, and the fact that he has a rushing TD in every game this season.

Furthermore, Dixon is invaluable to his team—Oregon's success depends on his arms and legs. Dixon is a quiet general, and his stellar play will make him a Heisman finalist.

Icon Sports Media1. Andre' Woodson, Kentucky, QB, SR

Saturday: 35-50, 415, 5 TDs, 0 INTs

Season: 191-295, 2,201, 26 TDs, 4 INTs

Woodson proved against Florida that he's the best player in college football, in my humble opinion.

If you burn Florida for 5 TDs without getting picked off, you're pretty special.

Woodson has guided Kentucky back to respectability and established himself as one of the top QBs in recent memory. I love what Dixon and Tebow bring to the table as dual-threat QBs, but Woodson has carried the Wildcats.

If he doesn't win the Heisman, it will be a travesty. 

Left off the Invite List

-Ray Rice: Rice has nearly 70 more carries and only 60 more yards than Stewart. Not impressive enough.

-Chase Daniel: He's No. 6 on my list right now—and today's performance helped. Still, I think it was more Missouri's defense than Daniel's arm that won the game for the Tigers.

-Mike Hart: Sitting out against Illinois did nothing to help his cause.

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