As you will often see in the Heisman-watch media, there is a minor boomlet now occurring on behalf of a hot candidate.
Last week, it was Kay-Jay Harris, this week is it Kyle Orton. You see it every year.
CNN/SI has fallen head-over-heels for the Boilermaker QB, as shown here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/writers/luke_winn/09/12/heisman.watch/
While Heismanpundit agrees that Orton is a worthy candidate (we have him No. 5), to put him No. 1 at this time–as CNN/SI does–is very premature.
Let’s not forget that Orton plays for a second-tier (at best) power. For all of Purdue’s quarterback tradition, it has never won a Heisman. The reason for that is because Purdue hasn’t always had the best teams over the years. It would take the combination of Orton having an incredible season, Purdue winning the Big Ten and other players slipping up for Orton to have a good shot at winning.
Now, Purdue has a chance to end up with a good record this season, but I don’t think two superb games against the likes of Ball State and Syracuse are anything to go crazy about…yet. Let’s see how he does against Michigan.