The Heisman – Best Player or Best Numbers?

Every year when we get to the Heisman it seems like the front-runners are all from the best teams and have the best stats. As we have seen, that certainly bodes well for players from the Big12 who play against less-than-stellar defenses and play in systems that rack up yardage. Seeing another Oklahoma quarterback in the mix might cause some eye rolls. Is it the system or a lucky string of talent? A little of both. It has largely been a quarterback or running back award. Is it time for a defensive player to breakthrough? Perhaps this could be the year. After all, one of the best Heisman winners of all time was Charles Woodson. This award should be given to the best player in the country. It has become the award for the best player from a top team. This disqualifies a lot of talented players. Someone needs to be flat-out dominant to break out ahead of the players from the top teams. Think Barry Sanders. No one could deny him the trophy based on the yards and plays he racked up. Right now, it seems like a five horse race. I think it should not come down to who passed for the most yards or touchdowns. You have to look at how the players performed in the big games. Sure, Tua’s chances might have dropped due to his injury but if he comes back next week against LSU and throws for 4 TDs and 300 yards against a stout Tigers defense, that holds a lot more weight than Jalen Hurts throwing for 400 yards against Texas Tech. Big-time players playing their best when the spotlight is the brightest is the true testament to being worthy of the Heisman.

Here is my Top 5 Heisman ranking going into this week:

Heisman Top 5:

1 – Joe Burrow – Simply been the reason for LSU’s success this year. Can’t wait to see what he does against Bama.

2 – Tua Tagovailoa – He’s hurt but has two great opportunities to shine against LSU and Auburn.

3 – Jalen Hurts – Phenomenal year. Will need to keep killing with the stats because, other than Baylor, there aren’t really any marquee games left.

4 – Chase Young – Simply a wrecking machine. He had 4 sacks last week and has 13.5 for the year.

5 – Justin Fields – Playing great. He ends the year with Penn State and Michigan. That is quite the platform to have a Heisman moment. 

Squeaked out another winning week last week. Still need a great week to get above .500. Let’s get after it this week!

Georgia -6 vs. Florida – Jake Fromm will bounce back and UGA stifles the Gators D.

Georgia 27 Florida 17

Washington +3.5 vs. Utah – Jacob Eason outplays Tyler Huntley. Love the home dog.

Washington 24 Utah 23

Oregon -4.5 at USC – Oregon wins the quarterback and coaching matchup. The Trojans look to Urban Meyer as their future.

Oregon 34 USC 27

SMU +6 at Memphis – Xavier Jones will be too much on the ground. Jones and Shane Buechele team up to keep the Mustangs undefeated in this “upset”.

SMU 35 Memphis 31

Georgia Tech +7.5 vs. Pittsburgh – Pitt is a team that I just don’t trust. They are solid but nothing comes easy. Low scoring game.

Pittsburgh 23 Georgia Tech 17

Nebraska -3 at Purdue – Adrian Martinez is back and Nebraska makes a run at a bowl game.

Nebraska 31 Purdue 27

UNC -1.5 vs. Virginia – Love Freshman quarterback Sam Howell. I think these are two teams headed in different directions.

UNC 27 Virginia 23

Notre Dame -17 vs. Virginia Tech – The Hokies are the worst 5-2 team in the country. Notre Dame is angry after last week and ready to roll.

Notre Dame 38 Virginia Tech 17

Kansas +5.5 vs. Kansas State – I think KSU has an emotional hangover after last week’s upset of Oklahoma. Kansas is starting to emerge under the Mad Hatter Les Miles.

Kansas State 30 Kansas State 27

Miami +3 vs. Florida State – Tate Martell is back practicing with the QB’s. I want to see if he’s given an opportunity from Diaz who has nothing to lose.

Florida State 24 Miami 23

Texas A&M -38 vs. Texas San Antonio – With the Aggies having that brutal schedule, they have to dominate whenever they can. 

Texas A&M 49 Texas San Antonio 7

Season ATS record: 39-42