College football’s opening weekend featured the clear-cut Heisman favorite (Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn) hardly looking the part and a season-ending injury to a RB that many felt had a legitimate Heisman chance, Louisville’s Michael Bush. My in-depth coverage of the 2006 Heisman Trophy race begins on Labor Day with the first of my weekly Heisman top-10 polls. Every Monday, I’ll rank the latest contenders, complete with stats and commentary. Let the race begin.1)TROY SMITH (Ohio State): After losing 17-10 at Penn State last year, Smith led the Buckeyes on a season-ending seven-game winning streak (also 7-0 ATS), as Ohio State averaged 38.3 PPG. The final win of the streak came 34-20 over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, as Smith totally outshone Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn. Smith was the game’s MVP, going 19-of-28 for 342 yards with two TDPs and no INTs. He also ran for 66 yards, as OSU totaled 617 yards. The last two years in the school’s regular season-ender against Michigan, Smith has completed 40-of-60 for 541 yards (three TDPs and no INTs), while rushing 29 times for 182 yards (6.3 YPC) and two TDs. Ohio State opened the 2006 season as the nation’s No. 1 team… Read full this story
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