McCoy’s Last Stand?

Colt McCoy’s Heisman hopes could rest on the outcome of Saturday’s game between Texas and Oklahoma State.

It’s really his last chance to make a positive impression on Heisman voters, as the rest of the Longhorns’ schedule contains no games of national interest (save the Big 12 title game, if Texas makes it).

McCoy is coming off a good outing against Missouri, so he can create a sense of momentum by turning in a fine performance against the Cowboys. 

And with Mark Ingram sitting out with a bye and Jimmy Clausen playing a team of little import, he’ll have the full attention of Heisman voters.

If he plays really well and leads Texas to a win over Oklahoma State, all he has to do is finish strong against a weak schedule to win the Heisman.  He’ll be a senior quarterback on an undefeated team that is headed for the BCS title game.  His stats won’t be out of this world, but they’ll be considered Heisman worthy, especially in the context of this season. 

But if he doesn’t play well on Saturday, I think his Heisman hopes fade considerably.  The race will open up even further and some other names will be in position to make a late-season run. 


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5 Responses to McCoy’s Last Stand?

  1. Charlie October 30, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    Was wondering if you were aware that if the Longhorns win 11 games this year that Colt McCoy will become the winningest QB in college football history. That means Texas and Colt McCoy only need 4 more wins this season to achieve this title. Even with an OK State loss Colt can still set this record. Will this have any impact on this year’s Heisman race?

  2. F October 30, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    Trivia Question: Name the 28 current QB’s in college football that have a better QB rating than Colt McCoy for the 2009 Season.

    Follow up Question: McCoy has thrown more interceptions than 25 of them…Name the other three.

  3. ross October 30, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    I won’t name all the ones with a better rating than him. But Riley Skinner of Wake has a better rating and has 9 interceptions. Potts from TT and Colburn from Fresno both have 8 ints like Colt. Jacory Harris has 10 ints to 13 touchdowns. Max Hall from BYU is the other one with 11 ints and his QB rating is #6 in the nation. What did I win?

  4. Paul October 31, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Tebow comes back full force against Georgia with 4 TDs and looks like he’s back in front. Looking forward to see what McCoy does tonight.

  5. Stephen November 1, 2009 at 1:02 am #

    Seriously where is this McCoy love coming from? He’s having a horribly mediocre season in a defensive deficient Big 12. If you want stats then McCoy isn’t your man. If you want the QB on the best team it isn’t McCoy either.

    Tebow is on a better team and he’s a better leader and a better player period. I don’t see any (logical) argument where you can have McCoy ahead of Tebow.

    You can have other people if you base it on stats (like Clausen or Keenum etc), but in no way is McCoy having a better year.