5. Dennis Dixon, Oregon, QB, Sr.
Texas Tech's Graham Harrell has thrown 31 TDs and just three interceptions in seven games.
Last week: 21-of-28 passing, 287 yards, 3 TDs; 7 rushes, 16 yards, 1 TD in a 53-7 victory over Washington State
Season: 119-of-169 passing, 1,532 yards, 15 TDs, 2 INTs; 63 rushes, 317 yards, 6 TDs
Heisman-o-meter: Two weeks after losing a thriller to Cal, Dixon rebounded with his sixth straight game with a touchdown pass and touchdown run, and he played just 2½ quarters in this easy Saturday stroll. It will be interesting to see how Dixon's production is affected by the loss of receiver Cameron Colvin, who broke his right ankle against the Cougars and is out for the season.
Up next: Saturday at Washington
6. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech, QB, Jr.
Last week: 30-of-37 passing, 425 yards, 3 TDs; 3 rushes, minus-6 yards, 1 TD in a 35-7 victory over Texas A&M
Season: 258-of-347 passing, 3,151 yards, 31 TDs, 3 INTs; 19 rushes, minus-31 yards, 3 TDs
Heisman-o-meter: He has a command of the offense. He gets rid of the ball quickly. And he's accurate. Harrell's the unquestioned catalyst of this aerial circus, not receiver Michael Crabtree. You will not find a more entertaining quarterback matchup this season than Saturday's game between passing ringmasters Harrell and Chase Daniel. Speaking of Daniel ...
Up next: Saturday at No. 15 Missouri
7. Chase Daniel, Missouri, QB, Jr.
Last week: 37-of-47 passing, 361 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT; 13 rushes, minus-1 yard in a 41-31 loss at No. 6 Oklahoma
Season: 186-of-270 passing, 2,073 yards, 16 TDs, 6 INTs; 52 rushes, 187 yards, 3 TDs
Heisman-o-meter: This wasn't the Daniel we had seen all season. He underthrew a ball for a bad interception, overthrew a wide-open receiver to miss a potential touchdown and didn't make the plays with his feet that he normally does. He nickel-and-dimed the Sooners' defense for 361 yards, but Jeremy Maclin looked like the better Heisman candidate on this night.
Up next: Saturday vs. No. 22 Texas Tech
8. Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech, RB, Sr.
Last week: 37 rushes, 204 yards; 1 reception, 13 yards in a 17-14 victory at Miami
Season: 158 rushes, 840 yards, 6 TDs; 11 receptions, 104 yards
Heisman-o-meter: What Choice has done the last three weeks is remarkable. After starting the season as a serious threat to reach New York on Dec. 8, he pulled a hamstring in Week 3, and it looked as if his season was shot. But running on that injured hamstring the last three weeks, Tashard has grinded out 484 yards and two touchdowns, including 204 yards against the Hurricanes, who had not given up a 200-yard rushing game in 10 years.
Up next: Saturday vs. Army
9. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech, WR, Fr.
Last week: 8 receptions, 170 yards in a 35-7 victory over Texas A&M
Season: 78 receptions, 1,244 yards, 17 TDs; 1 kickoff return, 16 yards
Heisman-o-meter: I hesitated and hesitated and hesitated for weeks to put this receiving wonder on the list because of one reason: Harrell makes the Texas Tech offense go, not Crabtree. It would be hard for even Crabtree's relatives to deny that with a straight face. But the Red Raiders' freshman is putting up numbers so far and above any other receiver, it was time to add him. And he's not just about the numbers. A terrific combination of size (6-foot-3, 208 pounds) and speed, Crabtree just attacks defenses after the catch.
Up next: Saturday at No. 15 Missouri
10. Brian Brohm, Louisville, QB, Sr.
Last week: 28-of-38 passing, 350 yards, 3 TDs; 9 rushes, minus-12 yards in a 28-24 victory at No. 15 Cincinnati
Season: 201-of-297 passing, 2,765 yards, 23 TDs, 4 INTs; 27 rushes, minus-14 yards, 1 TD; 1 reception, minus-7 yards
Heisman-o-meter: Yes, I know his team is 4-3. I know his team lost to Syracuse. But only Harrell has thrown for more touchdowns this season, and on Saturday he had a turnover-free performance in a victory over a Cincinnati team that had been feasting on turnovers. My guess is that his team's early-season failures killed his chances of even getting to New York, but he's still on this radar. Illinois' Rashard Mendenhall, Cal's Justin Forsett and South Florida's George Selvie also could have landed at No. 10.
Up next: Friday at Connecticut