6. Matt Ryan, Boston College, QB, Sr.
A shootout loss to Cal didn't hurt Dennis Dixon's Heisman chances.
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Last week: 24-of-42 passing, 204 yards, 1 TD; 3 rushes, 0 yards in a 24-14 victory over Massachusetts
Season: 136-of-223 passing, 1,545 yards, 11 TDs, 5 INTs; 16 rushes, 20 yards, 1 TD; 1 reception, 1 yard
Heisman-o-meter: Many people have asked how I could have Ryan in my top 10 when his numbers are pedestrian and he's thrown five interceptions. I admit, the interceptions are troublesome and could eventually drop him down this list. But just watch the guy play. He stands tall in the pocket, can fit the ball in tight windows and can put touch on it when needed. His Heisman fate, however, will be determined by how well he plays in his last five games -- at Virginia Tech, Florida State, at Maryland, at Clemson and Miami.
Up next: Saturday vs. Bowling Green
7. Ray Rice, Rutgers, RB, Jr.
Last week: 21 rushes, 97 yards, 1 TD; 4 receptions, 36 yards in a 34-24 loss to Maryland
Season: 95 rushes, 528 yards, 9 TDs; 9 receptions, 97 yards, 1 TD
Heisman-o-meter: The pride of Piscataway started off nicely, rushing for 59 yards on his first seven carries. But then the Maryland defense tightened up. Rutgers started throwing the ball, and Rice seemingly got lost in the game plan. (He didn't help his cause with a fumble either.) I don't think this kills Rice's chances for the Heisman, but he must be productive here on out to catch the frontrunners.
Up next: Saturday vs. No. 22 Cincinnati
8. Dennis Dixon, Oregon, QB, Sr.
Last week: 31-of-44 passing, 306 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs; 8 rushes, 17 yards, 1 TD in a 31-24 loss to No. 6 Cal
Season: 98-of-141 passing, 1,245 yards, 12 TDs, 2 INTs; 56 rushes, 301 yards, 5 TDs
Heisman-o-meter: After watching Saturday's thriller, I couldn't decide who from that game -- Dixon? Justin Forsett? DeSean Jackson? Jonathan Stewart? -- I wanted to include on the list. I finally picked Dixon, even though the interception he threw late in the game was an absolute killer. The reason? He has produced every week. Jackson had the bigger game and has more athletic ability, but the Heisman is a season-long award, and Jackson's production over the course of five games has not kept up with his considerable talent. Dixon's has.
Up next: Oct. 13 vs. Washington State
9. Pat White, West Virginia, QB, Jr.
Last week: 12-of-18 passing, 100 yards, 1 INT; 9 rushes, 36 yards in a 21-13 loss at No. 18 South Florida
Season: 61-of-87 passing, 717 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT; 55 rushes, 322 yards, 6 TDs
Heisman-o-meter: I'm not going to dock White points for leaving the South Florida loss before halftime with a bruised thigh, but you could tell even before he took a helmet to his thigh he just wasn't having the kind of game he's been having this season. He never was able to get loose on the edge, and it's his running ability and not Steve Slaton's that, in my opinion, makes the Mountaineers a much more dangerous offensive club. As of Sunday his status Saturday's game is uncertain. His Heisman hopes are very much uncertain too.
Up next: Saturday at Syracuse
10. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech, QB, Jr.
Last week: 26-of-40 passing, 338 yards, 5 TDs; 1 rush, 7 yards in a 75-7 victory over Northwestern State
Season: 192-of-267 passing, 2,301 yards, 24 TDs, 2 INTs; 12 rushes, minus-15 yards, 1 TD
Heisman-o-meter: In a little more than two quarters, Harrell did his usual damage, but let's not fall in love with that stat line. (The Demons lost earlier this season by four touchdowns to Northeastern.) I cannot wait until Texas Tech plays a team with a real defense so we can finally get a gauge on this passing madman (alas that won't be this week), but for now the production is too much to ignore.
Up next: Saturday vs. Iowa State