How one ballot is
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.
Oklahoma, RB, Jr.
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.
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.
FIVE TO WATCH
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.
Here are five
games in the second half of the season that will affect the national title