Ouimet's Heisman (Week 8)

Former staffer Mark Ouimet handicaps the Heisman. How many Wolverines are on the list this week?

1. Matt Leinart, QB, USC – Without a question the Trojans are the best team in the nation and probably have the best Quarterback in the country in Mr. Leinart. He is having another great year completing 112 of 172 for 1411 yards and 14 Touchdowns. He had another great game this week in the blowout win of Arizona State and look for that to continue this week against Washington. With a weak defense coming to town look for Matt to attack their weakness and build upon his completion rate of 65% as they will win in another blowout. He is the leader of the race as of now, but we still have a little race ahead of us before the finish in New York City. One thing is for sure which is Matt will be in the front row, but will he fight of the contenders and make the Heisman pose?

2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma – This kid is only a true freshman and is making a run at the Heisman starting the year out with 6 straight 100 yard plus games. The Sooners are 6-0 on the year and where would the Sooners be today without this kid? Adrian has 155 carries for 901 yards 6 touchdowns, while having one game of 225 yards this year. He is averaging 5.8 yards a carry and is trying to be the first freshman in a long time to get a seat in New York City for the presentation. Look for his 100 yard game streak to continue as they play host to Kansas this week and will be able to run the ball against a very average defense.

3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, California – He is having a great year and is very talented as we saw in the win against UCLA this past weekend. On the year Mr. Rodgers is 91 of 121 for 1141 yards and 11 touchdowns, while completing 75% of his passes in the process. He is doing an excellent job running the offense for the Bears, while Coach Tedford couldn't ask for a better leader of this offensive unit. Up next for the Bears and Mr. Rodgers are the Wildcats of Arizona, which is a much improved team but still a defense that Anthony should be able to dissect. Is he the best Quarterback in the PacTen? Not sure yet, but with a strong conference finish you will see him in New York!

4. Jason White, QB, Oklahoma – Jason is having a decent year and is trying to repeat for the Heisman Trophy, but there is a freshman that is getting in his way with big numbers in the same backfield. Mr. White has completed 101 of 153 for 1228 yards with a solid completion rate of 66.0% on the year. What is amazing about Jason this year is that he has only been sacked 3 times after last year when he was sacked 26 times, so it's great to see the stronger legs without those knee braces. Up next for the Sooners is an average Jayhawk defense, which he should be able to add to his 13 touchdowns on the year. There is a fight for the Heisman Trophy not only in the Sooner backfield but with a few more challengers than Jason would have imagined at the beginning of the year.

5. Kyle Orton, QB, Purdue – Not only a tough loss for the Boilermakers, but for Kyle as well. The fumble on the naked boot while trying to get the first down that ended up for a Wisconsin touchdown is not helping his cause for a trip to New York City! Mr. Orton is having a solid year completing 144 of 217 for 1877 yards with 19 touchdowns, while having a 66.4 completion % and only 3 interceptions. This is a must week for Kyle as he must have a great game this week against the Michigan Wolverines at home in West Lafayette or he might fall out of the Top 5. Will the game be a repeat of last year or will the spread offense show the weakness of the Michigan's depth at corner? Either way a must great game as the Big Ten Conference is a weak conference this year!

Others to Watch:

6. Alex Smith, QB, Utah
7. Jason Campbell, QB, Auburn
8. Cedric Benson, RB, Texas
9. Carnell Williams, RB, Auburn
10. David Greene, QB, Georgia
11. Reggie McNeal, QB, Texas A&M
12. J.J. Arrington, RB, California
13. Mike Hart, RB, Michigan
14. Braylon Edwards, WR, Michigan
15. Antrel Rolle, CB, Miami, Fla.
16. Andrew Walter, QB, Arizona State
17. Vernand Morency, RB, Oklahoma State

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