With three weeks left in the college football regular season the 2007 Heisman Race apparently has been narrowed down to three guys according to the other voters I have talked with and the major internet sites that break down voting. With that said, the following three guys will likely be the front runners when the Heisman Ceremony takes place on Saturday December 8 from Times Square in New York City. I do have an official Heisman Vote and my list is still a little more open (see Top 25 list below).
A. Darren McFadden – RB, Arkansas
B. Dennis Dixon – QB, Oregon
C. Tim Tebow – QB, Florida
They are listed as A, B and C simply because none of them are clearly in the driver’s seat. Oregon QB Dennis Dixon seems to have a slight edge at this point and his campaign will get the ESPN national spotlight this Thursday at 9:00 pm ET as the Ducks travel to the Desert to face off against a recently hot Arizona team (the Wildcats are lacking on the defensive side however). Yes, all eyes will be on Dixon. Maybe even more important all eyes will be on Oregon as a whole as they are currently ranked No. 2 in the BCS Poll.
DENNIS DIXON – All a Heisman voter has to do is watch the Duck’s games to realize that Dennis Dixon is the real deal. With the spread offense changing the college football landscape, nobody runs it better than Dixon, period. He is so fast and is impossible to tackle in the open field. But what is more important in this day of speedy QBs, Dixon is also an extremely accurate passer with innate pocket presence. His 20:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio, combined with his 5.3 yard per carry average, prove as much.
DARREN MCFADDEN – McFadden is the best running back in college football and that should say enough. He is just the second player (Georgia’s Herschel Walker) in the SEC to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Still, his team’s record (6-4) is holding him back with many voters. If he comes out early and declares for the NFL Draft, he is probably going to be the No. 1 guy taken overall. He is that good.
TIM TEBOW – At times, true sophomore Tebow looks like a power running back. His 170 rushing attempts are far greater than any other QB; yet, he still maintains a 4.2 rushing average to match his eye-popping 19 rushing TDs. He also has the nation’s second rated passing efficiency. Combine his power with his passing ability and competitive nature, and Tebow has a great shot at winning this prestigious award.
The one player that could still make a run is Missouri QB Chase Daniel. He has huge games left with (now) undefeated Kansas and a possible Big 12 Championship Game showdown with Oklahoma. He is putting up big numbers in big games. If the Tigers win out, he is sure to at least get invited to the ceremony.
The Heisman Race and college football in general is going to be very interesting to say the least these next three weeks. This has been one of the craziest seasons in a long, long time and the nation’s most prestigious award may end on a similar zany note.
TODD HELMICK’S TOP 25 HEISMAN LIST
1. RB Darren McFadden – Jr., Arkansas
2. QB Dennis Dixon – Sr., Oregon
3. QB Chase Daniel – Jr., Missouri
4. QB Tim Tebow – So., Florida
5. QB Andre’ Woodson – Sr., Kentucky
6. RB Jonathan Stewart – Jr., Oregon
7. QB Graham Harrell – Jr., Texas Tech
8. RB Michael Hart – Sr., Michigan
9. QB Brian Brohm – Sr., Louisville
10. QB Colt Brennan – Sr., Hawai’i
11. RB Ray Rice – Jr., Rutgers
12. RB Rashard Mendenhall – Jr., Illinois
13. QB Sam Bradford – Fr., Oklahoma
14. QB Pat White – Jr., West Virginia
15. QB Todd Reesing – So., Kansas
16. RB Chris "Beanie" Wells – So., Ohio State
17. RB Steve Slaton – Jr., West Virginia
18. QB Todd Boeckman – Jr., Ohio State
19. QB Matt Ryan – Sr., Boston College
20. RB Jamaal Charles – Jr., Texas
21. RB Kevin Smith – Jr., UCF
22. RB Matt Forte’ – Sr., Tulane
23. WR Michael Crabtree – Fr., Texas Tech
24. RB Ian Johnson – Jr., Boise State
25. RB P.J. Hill – So., Wisconsin