Heisman Watch: It's not over yet

There's not enough time left for a lot of people to make a move, and I've dropped a lot of candidates this week as a result. But I did a new name to the list as well.

1. Vince Young (Jr., QB, Texas)
Last week: 19-of-27 (70%), 287 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT; minus-4 rush yds in 66-14 win vs. Kansas
Season totals: 170 rating, 155-of-244 (64%), 2414 yds, 22 TD, 8 INT; 774 rush yds, 8 TD
Next: at Texas A&M, Nov. 25

With a 66-14 win over Kansas, Young added a little separation in the Heisman battle. Against a Jayhawks team that ranked No. 1 in the country against the rush and that forced him to throw by playing nine men on the line of scrimmage, he calmly threw four first-half touchdown passes and built a 52-0 halftime lead.

Comparing his performance to Matt Leinart's – and looking at this year alone – nobody has made bigger impact on college football than Young.

Of course, if you're of the notion that you have to recognize a body of work that player has performed, I'm not sure that anyone can touch Leinart.

2. Matt Leinart (Sr., QB, USC)
Last week: 20-of-32 (62.5%), 246 yds, 1 INT, 2 rush TD in 35-10 win at California
Season totals: 211-of-318 (66%), 3017 yds, 23 TD, 7 INT
Next: vs. Fresno State, 10:15 p.m. ET

I'm leaning toward Young, but if Leinart goes unbeaten again – meaning USC has won 34 in a row – it's awfully hard not to give him the award.

3. Reggie Bush (Jr., RB/KR/PR, USC)
Last week: 86 all-purpose yds (17 rush, 82 yds) in 35-10 win at California
Season totals: 182.5 all-purpose yds/game, 13 TD
Next: vs. Fresno State, 10:15 p.m. ET

I know Bush is the best athlete in the country, but he's fading fast. Numbers like he compiled last week don't get the attention of voters. He needs to put together a pretty good highlight video in his last couple of games to win it now.

4. Brady Quinn (Sr., QB, Notre Dame)
Last week: 22-of-31 (71%), 284 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT in 42-21 win vs. Navy
Season totals: 217-of-330 (66%), 2931 yds, 27 TD, 5 INT
Next: vs. Syracuse, 2:30 p.m. ET

Not only did Quinn have another four-touchdown performace but also he set the Notre Dame single-season passing-yardage record. I don't know how he'll end up in the voting, but without a doubt he has earned himself a trip to New York.

5. Drew Olson (Sr., QB, UCLA)
Last week: 22-of-27 (81%), 510 yds, 5 TD in 45-35 win vs. Arizona State
Season totals: 172.5 rating (leads nation), 218-of-322 (68%), 2848 yds, 30 TD, 3 INT
Next: at USC, Dec. 3

I have to put Olson back in the picture after he took over the national lead in passing efficieny. He has the perfect platform to make a statement Dec. 3 against Matt Leinart and USC.

6. DeAngelo Williams (Sr., RB, Memphis)
Last week: Did not play in 20-16 loss at Tennessee
Season totals: 216 rushes, 1476 yds, 12 TD
Next: at Southern Miss, 8:30 p.m. ET

A DNP probably kills his chances, but if he can regain the rushing lead ...

7. Jerome Harrison (Sr., RB, Washington State)
Last week: 28 rush, 143 yds, 1 TD; 38 rec yds, 1 TD in 34-31 loss vs. Oregon
Season totals: 272 rush, 1693 yds, 16 rush TD
Next: at Washington, 3:15 p.m. ET

Harrison probably is the most unrecognized candidate because Washington State hasn't won a conference game and East Coast coaches often are asleep when he has played.

But he now leads the nation in rushing.