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December 9, 2011 - Jay Bennett
While baseball and apple pie might be a couple of America's national pastimes, one thing I've liked for a long time is the Heisman Trophy race.
The most outstanding player in collegiate football. That is the task at hand which will be answered by the voters on Saturday night. I for one can't wait.
One of my fondest Heisman memories came when I was 10 and Auburn's Bo Jackson won the award. Even though he'll never be in a professional hall of fame, Jackson always was one of my favorite athletes to watch of all-time.
Obviously, I don't have a vote for the Heisman Trophy, but after doing some extra research and a lot of thinking I feel I can honestly say my order would be the following if I did have a vote — RG3, LSU's Mathieu and Mr. Andy Luck as I call him.
Doing some stat analysis, I was surprised at the bad quality of opponents both Baylor's Griffin and Stanford's Luck faced this season in actuality. Griffin (No. 1 in pass efficiency and No. 2 in total offense this year) faced the likes of some of these vaunted pass defenses — No. 83 Oklahoma, No. 91 Missouri, No. 102 Oklahoma State, No. 104 Kansas State, No. 108 Kansas, No. 110 Iowa State, No. 111 Rice and No. 113 Texas A&M.
It's really not a whole lot better for Luck (No. 5 pass efficiency, No. 27 total offense) thanks to solid pass defenses from the likes of No. 68 UCLA, No. 82 Oregon, No. 85 Duke, No. 95 Washington State, No. 97 Colorado, No. 101 USC, No. 116 Washington and No. 119 Arizona. Keep in mind the NCAA only has 120 ranked FBS members.
It won't be long before the official announcement and I'm sure there will be a lot of crying if Mr. Luck doesn't win the award. According to stiffarmtrophy.com, he's not going to be nearly close enough. Well, at least the Colts will be able to say they have a pair of Hesiman runners-up on the roster next year.
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