The HP Straw Poll, Week Four

The latest Straw Poll is in and the panel consisting of former Heisman winner Charles White, plus nine members of the college football media, has Ohio State’s Troy Smith as the overwhelming leader in the race to win this year’s Heisman Trophy.

Smith, who threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns against Michigan last Saturday, holds a commanding 11-point advantage over Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn in the weekly poll, the fourth taken so far this season. Smith captured nine out of 10 possible first-place votes, with the other going to West Virginia running back Steve Slaton. is conducting a Heisman straw poll in each of the final six weeks of the college football season. The idea is to get a good sense of voter sentiment as the race nears its conclusion. There are 10 Heisman voters canvassed from across the various Heisman voting regions and they vote for three players each week. The tabulations are made–like the Heisman vote itself–on a 3-2-1 basis, with three points for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

In a unique feature to the poll, a Heisman Trophy winner’s vote will be added to the total each week. This week’s poll (Nov. 24) includes the vote of 1979 winner Charles White.

This week’s poll results, with total points and first-place votes in parentheses:

1. Troy Smith, Ohio State, 27 (9)

2. Brady Quinn, Notre Dame, 16

3. Darren McFadden, 7

4. Steve Slaton, West Virginia, 6 (1)

5. Colt Brennan, Hawaii, 1

Ian Johnson, Boise State, 1

Players appearing on previous ballots: Ray Rice, Rutgers; Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma; Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech; Colt Brennan, Hawaii; Colt McCoy, Texas; Michael Hart, Michigan; J.D. Booty, USC.

The straw poll voters, Nov. 24:

Tom Dienhart (The Sporting News)
Austin Murphy (Sports Illustrated)
Stewart Mandel (Sports Illustrated)
B.J. Schecter (Sports Illustrated)
Olin Buchanan (
Neal McCready (Mobile Register Guard)
Ted Miller (Seattle Post-Intelligencer/ESPN)
Dave Weekley (WCHS-AM 580, Charleston)
Ted Lewis (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Charles White, 1979 Heisman winner, USC

Week Three Results:

1. Troy Smith, Ohio State, 28 (8)

2. Brady Quinn, Notre Dame, 19, (1)

3. Darren McFadden, Arkansas, 9 (1)

4. Ray Rice, Rutgers, 3

5. Steve Slaton, West Virginia, 1

Week Two Results:

1. Troy Smith, Ohio State, 28 (9)

2. Brady Quinn, Notre Dame, 18

3. Darren McFadden, Arkansas, 4 (1)

4. (tie) Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech, 2

Steve Slaton, West Virginia, 2

6. (tie) Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma, 1

Colt Brennan, Hawaii, 1

Colt McCoy, Texas, 1

Michael Hart, Michigan, 1

J.D. Booty, USC, 1

Week One Results:

1. Troy Smith, Ohio State, 25 (8)

2. Brady Quinn, 16

3. Steve Slaton, 14 (2)

4. (tie) Michael Hart, 1

Ian Johnson, Boise State, 1

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