The Heisman Vote by Region

There are six regions in the Heisman voting: Far West, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West, North-East, South, Southwest.

The states are divided into the six sections accordingly:

Far West: AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, ND, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
Mid Atlantic: DC, DE, MD, NC, NJ, PA, SC, VA, WV
Mid West: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
North East: CT, MA, ME, NH, NYC, NY, RI, VT
South: AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, TN
Southwest: AR, CO, KS, MO, NE, NM, OK, TX

How I think the voting for each section will unfold:

Far West
1. Tebow
2. McFadden
3. Dixon

Comment: West Coast voters have seen McFadden twice against USC in recent seasons, but Tebow is a larger-than-life national star in the Matt Leinart vein. There is still strong residual support for Dixon.

Mid-Atlantic
1. Tebow
2. McFadden
3. White

Comment: This will be Pat White’s strongest region.

Mid-West
1. McFadden
2. Tebow
3. Daniel

Comment: It’ll be close, but I think Midwest voters will go for the running back here.

North-East
1. Tebow
2. McFadden
3. Brennan

Comment: The Northeast voters tend to gravitate toward the big names and flashy players. This was Brady Quinn’s strongest region last year and one of McFadden’s weakest.

South
1. Tebow or McFadden
3. Daniel

Comment: This vote could go either way. McFadden is highly respected, but so is Tebow.

Southwest
1. Daniel
2. McFadden
3. Tebow

Comment: Daniel is a Texas native and this is Big 12 country. Many might vote for him here as protest for Missouri being left out of the BCS. Arkansas is on the border of this region so McFadden should take second.

Final Results

Predicted Regions for Tebow: Far West, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, possibly the South

Predicted Regions for McFadden: Midwest and possibly the South

Predicted Regions for Daniel: Southwest

Tebow will win enough regions to take the Heisman with plenty of votes to spare. I expect the final results to be akin to 1995, when Eddie George garnered 1,460 points to Tommie Frazier’s 1,196 and Danny Wuerffel’s 987.

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