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Second-Half Outlook
Phil Taylor
October 16, 2006
Heisman Hype
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October 16, 2006

Second-half Outlook

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ROSE Jan. 1 Pasadena USC vs. Michigan
FIESTA Jan. 1 Glendale, Ariz. Texas vs. Boise State
ORANGE Jan. 2 Miami Tennessee vs. Clemson
SUGAR Jan. 3 New Orleans Florida vs. Notre Dame
BCS Jan. 8 Glendale, Ariz. Ohio State vs. West Virginia

Heisman Hype

How one ballot is shaping up


TROY SMITH, Ohio State, QB, Sr.
His numbers (210.2 passing yards per game, 15 touchdown passes) aren't as gaudy as those of other contenders, but he has efficiently led the No. 1 team in the country to convincing victories at Texas and Iowa.

A blend of power and breakaway speed, Peterson is averaging 150.4 rushing yards (fourth best in the country) despite running behind a young line and playing with an inexperienced quarterback.

GARRETT WOLFE, Northern Illinois, RB, Sr.
The mighty mite (5'7", 177 pounds) is on pace to break Barry Sanders's single-season rushing record (2,628 yards), but, fighting anti-small-school bias, he'll need a monster game against Iowa on Oct. 28.


STEVE SLATON, West Virginia, RB, Soph. Third in the country in rushing (153.6 yards per game); BRADY QUINN, Notre Dame, QB, Sr.
Humbled by Michigan but tied for fourth in TD passes, with 16; MIKE HART, Michigan, RB, Jr. Slowed by injuries in '05, he's averaging 132.3 rushing yards per game; CALVIN JOHNSON, Georgia Tech, WR, Jr. Tied for second in the nation in TD receptions, with eight; CHRIS LEAK, Florida, QB, Sr. Efficient leader (14 TD passes, 64.7% passer) is hurt because he shares snaps with Tim Tebow.

Five Pivotal Matchups

Here are five games in the second half of the season that will affect the national title race

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