Dixon takes national stage tonight
Florida fans hoping to see quarterback Tim Tebow win a Heisman Trophy this season should be in front of their television sets tonight.
Tebow's strongest competition, Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon, will have the national spotlight when the Ducks play Arizona in a nationally televised game on ESPN. The award seems to be Dixon's to lose, at least for now, and his performance tonight could go a long way in either widening his lead over Tebow - or helping Tebow close the gap.
In the most recent unofficial poll compiled by The Rocky Mountain News in Denver, the Scripps Poll, Dixon remains the No. 1 pick in the Heisman race, followed closely by Tebow.
Now in its 21st year, the Scripps Poll the longest running weekly Heisman poll in the country. The final poll, taken in December, correctly has predicted the Heisman winner 17 of the previous 20 seasons.
There are 10 voters, all college football writers and two from each voting region, who vote for five players each week. The tabulations are made on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with first place receiving five points, second four, etc. First-place votes are in parentheses.
Here is this week’s poll, with statistics from last week:
Name, Position, School, Last Week, Points
1. Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon, Did not play. 45, (6).
2. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida, 22-of-32, 304 yards passing, 2 TD passes, 120 rushing yards, 5 TD runs, 43 (4).
3. Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri, 27-of-35, 352 yards, 3 TD passes. 20
4. Pat White, QB, West Virginia, 16-of-25, 181 yards, 2 TD passes, 147 rushing yards, TD run. 19.
Others receiving votes: Darren McFadden (RB, Arkansas) 12; Todd Reesing (QB, Kansas) 5; Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma) 3; Jim Laurinaitis (LB, Ohio State) 2; Michael Crabtree (WR, Texas Tech) 1.