The Heisman Poll, 10/27 Heisman Poll, 10/27
Total Points with first place votes in parantheses

1. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama–56 (9)

2. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame–26 (1)

3. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–25

4. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–23 (1)

5. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska–15 (1)

6. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–10 (1)

Case Keenum, QB, Houston–10

8. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State–8

Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–8

10. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee–4

Others receiving votes: Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia–3; C.J Spiller, RB, Clemson–2; Ryan Williams, RB, Va. Tech–2; Zac Robinson, QB, Oklahoma State–1; Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh–1; Matt Barkley, QB, USC–1

About the Poll
The Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for five players each week. Tabulations are made on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with five points awarded for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote and so on.  Last year’s final Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate in the country, picking five of the top six finishers in the Heisman vote, including the winner.

Members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Teddy Greenstein and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Olin Buchanan and Tom Dienhart of, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of, J.B. Morris of ESPN the Magazine, Austin Murphy, B.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, plus Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News. 

Chris Huston of coordinates and also votes in the poll.
HP’s Thoughts
Mark Ingram has taken a commanding lead in the race and he should stay there for at least another week as Alabama uses a bye in preparation for LSU on Nov. 7.    It appears Tim Tebow’s quest for a second Heisman is in major jeopardy unless he can turn things around soon.  In the meantime, Colt McCoy and Jimmy Clausen have gained ground and one of them should emerge as the quarterback alternative to Ingram.  October has been a rough month for most of the Heisman field and, as a result, it looks like this race could go down to the wire.
Heisman Game of the Week
No. 3 Texas at No. 13 Oklahoma State–Preseason favorite McCoy had a strong outing against Missouri last week and might be back on track after a rather erratic first half of the season.  The Cowboys are the last ranked team on the Texas schedule, so it’s vital that McCoy play well–Heisman voters will be watching.   It’s also a golden opportunity for McCoy to whittle away at Ingram’s lead while ‘Bama is on that bye week.

Player to Watch

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska–It’s been 18 seasons since a defensive tackle finished among the top five in the Heisman vote.  That player was Steve Emtman of Washington.  Suh has a chance to join him in that elite group if he keeps playing like he has been.  Suh is amazingly active for an interior player, leading the Cornhuskers (or tying for the lead) in 10 defensive categories, including tackles (44), tackles for loss (10), sacks (4), pass breakups (7), interceptions (1) and blocked field goals (2).

This Week in Heisman History
Unbeaten Ole Miss held a 3-0 lead over unbeaten LSU five minutes into the fourth quarter on Halloween night, 1959.  A Jake Gibbs punt was fielded at the LSU 11-yard line by Tiger halfback Billy Cannon, who proceeded to wiggle his way through numerous tacklers en route to a miraculous 89-yard return for a touchdown.  The score turned out to be the difference in LSU’s classic 7-3 victory and it clinched Cannon’s eventual Heisman triumph.

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19 Responses to The Heisman Poll, 10/27

  1. philnotfil October 27, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    Ingram and Tebow rushing stats against their three common opponents (Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee):
    Tebow- 67 carries for 268 yards (4.0 YPC) and 3 TD.
    Ingram- 57 carries for 289 yards (5.1 YPC) and 4 TD.

  2. Johnny October 27, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    This is the worst Heisman race since Eric Crouch won.

  3. tigercpa October 27, 2009 at 8:07 am #

    Spiller has to start getting some love. He is the best player in the nation this year.

    310 yards this week, and the nations all-pupose leader.

    Statistically, he ranks favorably with previous all-purpose threats / winners Bush, Brown, Howard, Ismail.

    The Heismandments are lining up, and no one else seems to want it. He had a kick return for a TD in a big, televised game against a top 10 opponent.

  4. Johnny October 27, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    I disagree that Spiller should be a serious contender. Only 547 yds rushing and a mediocre 5.1 ypc. Also, plays for a 4-3 team. Good kick return numbers but that in itself won’t win him the Heisman.

  5. tigercpa October 27, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    So, Ingram also has a “mediocre” 5.1 YPC, as evidenced by another poster above.

    I know there are lots of politics and intangibles (rightly or wrongly) that go into the decision. Team record shouldn’t matter, this is not a team award.

    National championships are a team award.

  6. philnotfil October 27, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    Ingram has 6.6 YPC on the season, the 5.1 YPC was just against the three common opponents that Ingram and Tebow have both faced.

    HP, it would be interesting to see a historic look at the worst races, not just the worst winners, in Heisman history. If I was an ACC fan I would point out how competitive and wide open this year’s Heisman race is. But I think the rest of us look at it and see a bunch of guys who don’t consistently excel. There have been lousy races where the was only one great player and it was obvious who was going to win, and there have been great races where there were two or three worthy candidates who excelled throughout the season and it came down to the regional breakdown of the candidates to determine a winner, but it seems like there have also been a few years where no one was worthy of the Heisman, but someone had to be named a winner.

    Could we get an article about a few of those races? A celebration of mediocrity?

  7. Heismanpundit October 27, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    Good idea, I’ll work on that the next couple days.

  8. Johnny October 27, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    Tigercpa, I agree that it’s not a team award. My point was that, fair or not, Heismans generally go to players on top teams.

  9. DannyAdelante October 27, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    The list is pretty good, but I have one major problem with it.
    Other than being pre-season favorite, and having a good day against Mizzou, what has Colt McCoy done to be considered as a front runner? Have ESPN human interest stories about his love of fishing, hunting and Sam Bradford?
    I don’t think he belongs anywhere in the top 10. His one big game (OU), Texas won IN SPITE OF McCoy, not because of him. He choked.
    I live in Texas, and would consider the ‘horns my No. 2 team after TCU, but McCoy should not be on the list.

    If I voted today, I’d give it to Suh (he’s been FANTASTIC), with Clausen 2nd and either Ingram or Tate 3rd.

  10. Richard Brereton October 27, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    Jimmy Clausen is the top college player. Without him Notre Dame would be 0-7, he has carried this team on his shoulders.

  11. tigercpa October 27, 2009 at 10:53 am #


    Looking back at my post, I wanted to make sure that it didn;t come across as trying to be a smart-ass. Sorry if it sounded like that.

    I just think Spiller has shown his speed and versatility all year, and especually Saturday.

    Here is a link that has data to support him as a reasonable canduidate, at least compared to past winners / hopefuls:

  12. Johnny October 27, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    No problem tigercpa, I didn’t take it that way. No doubt, Spiller is a great all-around player. I wish he played for the Gators. But reading your link, they’re comparing Spiller against players who played for national title contenders/winners (or ND, who seems to get preferential treatment regardless of record i.e. Ismail, Paul Hornung). Also, his rushing/receiving numbers don’t really measure up with top contenders. Ingram’s rushing yards are almost equal to Spiller’s rush/rec/return yards.

  13. tigercpa October 27, 2009 at 11:33 am #

    He almost did play for the Gators. Scary!

  14. starkweather October 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    Has nobody who votes watched Ryan Mathews (RB, Fresno St) play? I know the Bulldogs have lost 3 times but this guy has been the best player to watch and is the nation’s leading rusher this year. Ingram is a bit overrated. He’s good but ‘Bama would likely be in the same position if Richardson were carrying the ball most of the time. Noel Devine deserves some votes, as well. Case Keenum and Jimmy Clausen are the best QB’s this year, leave the McCoy and Tebow hype back in the preseason where it belongs. Take it from me, an unemployed layabout who has watched way too much football this year. And loves Terrence Cody more than Suh. The Heisman race would be fine and exciting if people voted based on who is the best player rather than who is supposed to win because their team is good.

  15. Johnny October 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    Ryan Mathews is fun to watch. I remember when he ripped off 3 60+ yd runs against Boise. I hope he gets into the conversation but I think he’ll run into the same problem Marshall Faulk did. He had a much better year than Torretta but didn’t have a lot of televised games to get himself into the national consciousness.

  16. Lame Kittin October 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    Ingram is the best player on the best team in the nation.losers on losing teams should not even be eligible.

  17. WIllskilz October 29, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    What about Christian ponder? The guy is putting up numbers just as good as the QB’s on your list. Yes his team sucks but he at least deserves a mention.

  18. mike October 29, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Ponder has thrown for more yards, with a higher completion % than all QB’s on the list. He also has 12 TD’s to 1 interception. I don’t know how many rushing TD’s or yards he has. but he has gotten it done with his legs too. He’s on a crappy team, and I know that is taken into account, but he should be given at least some recognition. Right?

  19. Sean November 2, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    Jeremia Masoli, the award is for most outstanding player, could anyone argue that Masoli is not the reason for the Ducks Dominance in the PAC 10? The strangle hold USC has had on the PAC 10 is over because of his poise and split second decision making. The guy does it all he can throw, run and handoff and is there a better fake/misdirection guy in the country? I don’t think so.