The Round Up

Big week!

I’ll have the much-anticipated HP Preseason Heisman List tomorrow, plus the All-American defense and a look at this week’s games.

But first, what’s going on….

  • Chris Leak is being talked up as a Heisman contender by Florida media.

    We liked Leak going into last year and will have him on our list this time as well, but I need to see him in action before I am convinced he can run Urban Meyer’s offense properly.

  • The Scripps Howard preseason Heisman poll is out.

    Its top 10 is:

    1. Brady Quinn
    2. Adrian Peterson
    3. Troy Smith
    4. Chris Leak
    5. Marshawn Lynch
    6. Dwayne Jarrett
    7. Kenny Irons
    8. Calvin Johnson
    9. Brian Brohm, Jeff Samardzija, Pat White (tie)

    The SHNS poll has been erratic of late–it picked Matt Leinart to win last year–but this is a pretty good indicator of where the race stands right now. The top three are pretty much as solid as you get, with the rest of the group being very fluid and subject to change depending on the week.

  • Stories like this one point to why Quinn is the far-and-away front runner for this year’s Heisman. College football needs stars and Quinn has replaced Matt Leinart as the ‘it’ quarterback.
  • Ivan Maisel writes about the bullseye on Adrian Peterson’s back. The Sooner back sounds ready for a big season. Now, if only OU can get some solid production from its quarterback…
  • The Toledo Blade writes that Ted Ginn won’t win the Heisman. We agree. The AP has a story on Ohio State’s real candidate.
  • ESPN had its preseason show on over the weekend and the talking heads gave their predictions on the 2006 national champion.

    Kirk Herbstreit–Miami over Notre Dame
    Mark May–Texas over West Virginia
    Lee Corso–California over West Virginia

    I will give them credit this year for thinking a little bit out of the box.

    Around the blogosphere…

  • CFR has its preseason All-American team out.
  • Michigan Zone has uncovered the Dirk Koetter coaching aid.
  • Mandel’s Playstation has forecast a Va. Tech-Nebraska BCS title game.
  • Tom Dienhart cranks out his first week picks.
  • Gene Menez has his preseason Heisman list out.
  • SI on Campus asks if a player from a mid-major can ever win a Heisman.

    To save time and space for SIOC, the answer to that is ‘no.’

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