The Games That Matter

The way the Heisman race is shaping, it could all come down to a few big games.  Here they are:

Sept. 26

Miami at Virginia Tech–This one will tell us whether Jacory Harris can be a real factor in the race.

Cal at Oregon–A dangerous game for Cal, which plays USC the following week, but a good chance for Jahvid Best to build on that 5-TD performance.

October 3

Oklahoma at Miami–If Harris survives Va. Tech, this is the game that puts him in the top 3 of the voting if he does well and the ‘Canes come away with a win.

Cal vs. USC–This is Best’s make-or-break game, his Judgement Day.  Play well in a win against the Trojans in a game everyone will be watching (assuming Oregon doesn’t upset the Bears the week before) and he has a real shot at capturing the Heisman.

October 10

Florida at LSU–This is just the kind of physical matchup in which Tim Tebow usually thrives.   He can add to his legend and his Heisman chances here.  

October 17

Texas vs. Oklahoma–Colt McCoy gets a shot to remind voters why he’s a great quarterback.  If he can carve up a tough Sooners defense, then he’ll have made a strong case for the Heisman in front of a national audience.

Oct. 31

Florida at Georgia–Always a marquee matchup and another shot for Tebow to impress the voters, if they aren’t out trick or treating.

Nov. 26

Texas at Texas A&M–This game will get a lot of attention because it is on Thanksgiving and will be the game of the day.  Could be the last chance for McCoy to make his case.

Nov. 28

Florida vs. Florida State–This traditional matchup could decide Tebow’s Heisman fate.

Dec. 5

Cal at Washington–Best’s last opportunity to show why he’s worthy of the Heisman.

Big 12 Title Game/SEC Title Game–If Tebow and McCoy are involved, then the Heisman might still hang in the balance.

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Chris Huston, A.K.A. ‘The Heisman Pundit‘, is a Heisman voter and the creator and publisher of Heismanpundit.com, a site dedicated to analysis of the Heisman Trophy and college football. Dubbed “the foremost authority on the Heisman” by Sports Illustrated, HP is regularly quoted or cited during football season in newspapers across the country. He is also a regular contributor on sports talk radio and television.
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