With November upon us, it’s time to look at what each of the top candidates have to do–and what has to happen–to win the Heisman. First up, Mark Ingram:
Stats so far: 1,004 yards on 153 carries, 8 touchdowns, 6.6 yards per carry, 126 yards per game, 19 catches, 186 yards, 3 touchdowns.
Games to Go: No. 9 LSU, at Mississippi State, Chattanooga, at Auburn, Florida (maybe)
Best Route to the Heisman:
1. Rush for over 100 yards in a win over LSU.
2. Maintain current rushing average in Tide wins over MSU, Chattanooga and Auburn.
3. Rush for over 100 yards in a win over Florida.
4. Finish with at least 1,600 rushing yards by the time of the Heisman vote.
If Ingram closed out in this fashion, it would take a mega-finish from Colt McCoy for him not to win the Heisman.
1. Getting bottled up in a loss to LSU
2. Getting bottled up in a loss to Florida
Should both of these happen, I think his chances of winning would be slim, though losing to Florida after an impressive finish (including a win over LSU) would still put him in a solid position heading into the ceremony. Otherwise, he pretty much controls his Heisman destiny.