More later, but for now…
—Tim Tebow is back and ready for his run at history. His performance against LSU will boost his Heisman chances considerably. Voters were reminded, once again, why he’s such a great player. The only question now is whether or not he can put up the kind of numbers he will need to win.
—Colt McCoy was his usual accurate self against Colorado, going 32 of 39. But his real Heisman test comes starting this week against Oklahoma and then the following weeks at Missouri and Oklahoma State.
—Jacory Harris missed an opportunity to pile up the yards and touchdowns against Florida A&M. He had 2 interceptions for the third time in five games. Unless he heats up soon and stops throwing picks, his Heisman hopes will fade.
—Good to see Sam Bradford back and playing well. He won’t win the Heisman this year, but he could play the part of spoiler by beating Texas and McCoy next week.
—I disagree with Rich Rodriguez’ decision to bench Tate Forcier in favor of Denard Robinson in the closing minutes of Michigan’s loss to Iowa. I know Forcier was struggling, but hasn’t he done enough to prove that he’s the guy to rely on when the game is on the line? How do you not have him in there on that final drive?
—The Pac-10 running back carousel has turned again. Three weeks ago, Jahvid Best was the one everyone was talking about. Last week, it was Toby Gerhart. Now, the buzz is over Jacquizz Rodgers, who ran for 189 yards and four touchdowns against Stanford. He already has 13 touchdowns this season.
—Auburn’s offense struggled for the first time this year, thanks to some sloppy play and turnovers. The Tigers will right the ship on that side of the ball–after all, it is just the first year of Gus Malzahn’s system–but their real issue is with their defense, which seemingly can’t stop anyone.
—How many people on the East Coast stayed up long enough to watch the ridiculous ending to the Washington-Arizona game? For those who missed it, the Wildcats held a 33-28 lead with 2:50 left in the game and they had the ball on their own 37 yard line. For some reason, Arizona decided to throw the ball instead of running some clock. The pass from Nick Foles was low and ricocheted off of receiver Deleshaun Dean’s foot and into the waiting hands of Husky Mason Foster, who returned the ball 37 yards for a touchdown to lead Washington to an unlikely win. Just like that, the Huskies are 3-3.
—We are at the half-way point in the season and it’s amazing how down some of the numbers are compared to last year. There isn’t a single quarterback on pace to throw for over 35 touchdowns, a mark surpassed by seven passers in 2008. There aren’t many running backs on pace to top 1,500 yards, whereas last year we had a 2,000-yard rusher plus six more backs topping that 1,500-yard total.
—If I had to guess on the Heisman race right now, it’s McCoy and Tebow neck and neck, with Jimmy Clausen a tenuous third (depending on what he does against USC). Everyone else is on the outside looking in.