Posted: Monday October 30, 2006 12:28PM; Updated: Monday October 30, 2006 12:42PM
6. P.J. Hill, Wisconsin, RB, Fr.
Ray Rice didn't help his campaign after rushing for a season-low 79 yards in a nationally-televised win over Connecticut.
Last week: 12 rushes, 50 yards in a 30-24 victory over Illinois Season: 214 rushes, 1,222 yards, 13 TDs; 15 receptions, 172 yards, 1 TD Heisman-o-meter: Hill was on his way to a big day, running the ball on Wisconsin's first six plays from scrimmage for 35 yards, before a neck stinger shortened his afternoon way too soon for fans of this bowling ball of a runner. Luckily for him the Watchman is lenient on injured players. Not to mention, almost everyone below him from last week's list had terrible days. Up next: Saturday vs. Penn State
7. Ray Rice, Rutgers, RB, Soph.
Last week: 22 rushes, 79 yards, 1 TD in a 24-13 victory over Connecticut Season: 223 rushes, 1,203 yards, 13 TDs Heisman-o-meter: The Huskies of all teams (Connecticut entered the game ranked 110th against the run) snuffed out Rice the whole night, allowing him to get loose just once -- a 28-yard gain in the second quarter. He still has marquee matchups against Louisville and West Virginia to impress voters, but will big games against those be enough to get him to New York? Up next: Nov. 9 vs. Louisville
8. James Davis, Clemson, RB, Soph.
Last week: 12 rushes, 30 yards, 1 TD in a 24-7 loss at Virginia Tech Season: 151 rushes, 991 yards, 17 TDs Heisman-o-meter: Bud Foster's defense bottled up not only Davis but also the rest of the highest scoring offense in the land. To be fair, Davis didn't get much assistance from Tigers quarterback Will Proctor, who completed just 11 of 28 passes. And splitting carries with fabulous freshman C.J. Spiller isn't helping Davis's case either. Up next: Saturday vs. Maryland
9. Colt McCoy, Texas, QB, Fr.
Last week: 21-of-31 passing, 256 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT; 9 rushes, 68 yards in a 35-31 victory at Texas Tech Season: 147-of-217 passing, 1,705 yards, 24 TDs, 4 INTs; 55 rushes, 174 yards, 1 TD Heisman-o-meter: One of the most surprising stories of the season, McCoy has gone from a Texas-sized question mark to a poised and cold blooded playmaker. Beyond his stats, which arguably are better than Quinn's, he has rallied the Longhorns to victories in their last four games, including wins the last two weeks at Lincoln and Lubbock that required clutch plays as the clock was winding down. It's hard to believe he's just a redshirt freshman. Up next: Saturday vs. Oklahoma State
10. Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois, RB, Sr.
Last week: 22 rushes, 66 yards, 1 TD; 3 receptions, 28 yards in a 24-14 loss at Iowa Season: 213 rushes, 1,479 yards, 14 TDs; 21 receptions, 221 yards, 1 TD Heisman-o-meter: People can make a strong case for Wolfe to be excluded from this list (he's rushed for a total of 136 yards in his last three games), and the Watchman was this close to doing that before deciding to keep the nation's leading rusher on for at least one more week. The big questions are: What happened to him? Is he hurt? Coach Joe Novak denied that last week. Has Wolfe been impacted by the stress fracture in left tackle Doug Free's right foot? Free's been playing with that all year so, while possible, that's unlikely. Maybe defenses have just finally caught up to him. Up next: Nov. 7 vs. Toledo