Friday, December 13, 2002
Heisman Watch: Heupel shows
By Mike Diegnan
In Oklahoma's wins against Texas, Kansas State and Nebraska, Josh Heupel had not endured a great deal of pressure. On Saturday Texas A&M tested Heupel throughout the game, but he led the Sooners to a come-from-behind victory, leaving OU as the only undefeated team in Division I-A. This week, he faces his old offensive coordinator (Mike Leach), although Texas Tech should not provide too much of a problem. Heupel's next big game will be the rematch with Kansas State in the Big XII Championship Game on Dec. 2 in Kansas City.
Chris Weinke stares at his most difficult opponent this weekend when Florida visits Tallahassee. If Weinke delivers another Florida State victory, he would improve to 32-2 as the Seminoles' starting quarterback and will likely lead FSU to the National Championship Game for the third consecutive season. By putting Florida State in such a position, Weinke has pulled himself into a virtual three-way stalemate with Drew Brees and Heupel for the prized trophy.
The only question is which school will demand a recount?
1. Josh Heupel, Oklahoma QB
at Texas A&M: 28-42-263, 1 TD, 2 int.; rush: 8-26
Season: 213-315-2770, 16 TD, 7 int.; rush: 51-113, 6 TD
This week: Texas Tech
Comment: Stays in front after proving he can win down the stretch.
2. Chris Weinke, Florida State QB
at Wake Forest: 23-36-324, 5 TD, 2 int.; rush: 1-(-3)
Season: 243-387-3813, 30 TD, 9 int.; rush: 25-(-85), 1 TD
This week: Florida
Comment: Everyone in the nation will be watching. Chris could sneak into first place with a big night against Florida.
2a. Drew Brees, Purdue QB
at Michigan State: 26-43-279, 1 TD, 3 int.; rush: 5-4
Season: 266-444-3177, 23 TD, 11 int.; rush: 81-443, 4 TD; rec: 1-5, 1 TD
This week: Indiana
Comment: Hurt himself by not clinching a Rose Bowl berth against Michigan State.
SHOULD BE IN NEW YORK
Damien Anderson, Northwestern RB
at Iowa: 31-132; rec: 5-75
Season: 254-1735, 16 TD; rec: 15-130
This week: Illinois
Comment: Anderson has reached 200 yards four times this year; 265 yards gets him to the mythical 2,000-yard mark.
IF THE WEST COAST DECIDED
Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington QB
UCLA: 12-19-111, 2 TD; rush: 16-69
Season: 159-303-1956, 11 TD, 11 int.; rush: 124-400
This week: at Washington State
Comment: Tui and the Huskies are rooting for the Beavers in the Civil War.
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
Santana Moss, Miami WR
Pittsburgh: 6-100; rush: 1-6; PR: 5-52
Season: 37-664, 3 TD; rush: 5-144, 2 TD; PR: 28-493, 3 TD
This week: at Syracuse
Comment: Moss has posted big numbers since the 'Canes lost to Washington.
LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU RB
Fresno State: 42-231, 1 TD
Season: 310-1679, 18 TD; rec: 7-34
This week: UTEP
Comment: Has two games left to reach 2,000. Of course, he gained 406 against UTEP last year.
Anthony Thomas, Mich. RB
Penn State: 35-171, 1 TD; rec: 1-46
Season: 258-1491, 16 TD; rec: 11-150
This week: at Ohio State
WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR
Michael Vick, Virginia Tech QB
at Central Florida: Did not play
Season: 71-138-1032, 7 TD, 6 int.; rush: 99-589, 8 TD
This week: Off
Comment: Vick says he will be back next season. He'll again be the favorite to win.
Mike Diegnan is the editor of BCSfootball.com.