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September 30, 2008
Olin Buchanan's Week 5 Heisman Ballot
VOTE: Who is the front-runner for the Heisman?
Bradford passed for a career-best 411 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-10 victory over TCU, which came in with the nation's highest-ranked defense. That victory, combined with losses by USC and Georgia, propelled the Sooners to the top of the national rankings.
When asked what his latest outstanding performance meant, Bradford gave a blunt response. "Absolutely nothing," he said.
Well, not quite.
Bradford is just one-third of the way through his regular-season schedule, but he if continues to play at his current level, he will be difficult to beat. And so will Oklahoma.
1. Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford: He has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of his last three games. He has 14 touchdown passes in that span and has 16 for season. Through four games, Bradford has thrown just two interceptions.
4. Michigan State RB Javon Ringer: Last Saturday he failed to reach 200 yards rushing for the first time in three weeks; instead, he was held to 198. Ringer has 187 carries and he has turned those into 897 rushing yards, the second-highest total in the nation. He leads the country with 12 rushing touchdowns.
5. BYU QB Max Hall: Hall also was off last week. Through four games, he has completed 74.3 percent of his attempts for 1,284 yards and 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. His seven-touchdown performance against UCLA remains one of the better individual performances of the season. He edges Texas' Colt McCoy for the final spot on this week's list.
Olin Buchanan is a Heisman voter and a senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.