On the Field Heisman Rankings:
The Heisman race continues to be completely unpredictable this year, as it seems that every week a new contender falters. This week it was Greg McElroy posting a poor performance to push him out for the time being.
1. Tony Pike, Cincy: A bit of a ho-hum performance for Pike this week against Miami (Oh), but when 270 yards and 2 TDs is an off day, I think it speaks to how good of a season Pike is having.
2. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame: I really hate to put Clausen up this high before the USC game, but with a lack of strong candidates Clausen's numbers are just too huge to ignore at this point in the season. Clausen leads the nation in passing efficiency and has 1544 yards and 12 TDs in 5 games this year, albeit against weak competition.
3. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech: Williams keeps hanging around the Heisman discussion, and the Freshman's performance is becoming harder and harder to ignore. Williams had 182 total yards and a TD against Boston College this week, and ranks fifth in the nation in rushing yards.
4. Jaquizz Rodgers, Oregon State: Quizz has quietly been racking up TDs all season for the Beavers, and added 4 more this past week against Stanford to go along with 271 total yards. A monster performance like that combined with Rodger's 13 TDs so far this year deserves at leas a one week stay in the rankings.