The Heisman Poll, 11/24

The Heisman Poll, 11/24/09
Total Points, (with first-place votes in parantheses)
1. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama–58 (10)

2. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–40 (1)

3. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford–33 (1)

4. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–20

5. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson–13

6. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–9

7. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–7 (1)

Case Keenum, QB, Houston–7

9. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska–3

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State–3

11. Jeremiah Masoli, QB, Oregon–1

Dexter McCluster, RB, Mississippi–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

It looks like this twisting and turning race has finally come down to Ingram and McCoy.  Whichever of these two can finish strongest will win the Heisman.  While Gerhart, Tebow and Spiller aren’t in position to take the top prize, they can still influence the outcome based on how they close out their seasons.  To wit: A vote for Gerhart or Spiller could be a vote otherwise meant for Ingram, while a vote for Tebow might’ve gone for McCoy.  This one is going down to the wire and could be the closest Heisman race since 2001.

Heisman Game of the Week

Texas vs. Texas A&M–The nation will tune in to the annual battle between the Aggies and Longhorns while stuffed on turkey and mashed potatoes.  It’s the only college game on Thanksgiving Day, so McCoy will have the Heisman spotlight to himself.  He’d better get off to a fast start in this one before the tryptophan kicks in.

Player to Watch

Mark Ingram–Mr. Ingram, get ready for your Heisman close up.  While McCoy takes center stage on Thursday, the big game on Friday will be between Auburn and Alabama.  Heisman ballots have been sent out, so many of the voters will be taking a close look at Ingram for the first time.  If they like what they see, he’ll be set up to clinch the Heisman one week later against Florida in the SEC title game. 

This Week in Heisman History

Playing with two broken ribs on his 23rd birthday, Auburn’s Bo Jackson ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns…all to no avail as the Tigers lost, 25-23, to Alabama on a last-second, 52-yard field goal by Van Tiffin in 1985.   Jackson would go on to win the Heisman by the smallest margin ever–a mere 45 points over Iowa’s Chuck Long.

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16 Responses to The Heisman Poll, 11/24

  1. Guilf November 24, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    Next week in Heisman history – the award officially becomes irrelevant.

    Ingram may not be the best back on his own team. Alabama has met exactly ONE top 50 rush defense. Florida and Alabama met seven common opponents. Against them, Ingram rushed for an average of 127.3 yards. Tebow rushed for an average of 91.6 yards…as a QB.

    McCoy has played ZERO top 25 pass defenses. Tebow has played six. Tebow still has a better passer rating, a better TD%, a lower INT% and more yards/attempt.

    You are starting a college team with one current player…not knowing the caliber of other players you’ll have. Who do you choose? That’s the best player in the country.

  2. Anonymous November 24, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    My answer to Guilf’s question is Toby Gerhart. Unfortunately neither Guilf nor my opinion matters much.

  3. sandymex November 24, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    The Heisman winner looks like it will be from an undefeated team this year. But it’s silly to pretend Tebow can’t win it, especially since all eyes will be focused on the Florida-Alabama game. And I don’t care who you vote for… if you vote before December 5th your ballot should be considered a hanging chad.

    No candidate has overcome more adversity than Tebow this year. He’s played behind a porous offensive line and seen at least 9 TD passes dropped by an inexperienced receiver corps. He’s suffered a serious injury and illness. Yet he has willed his team to an undefeated season and is in position to play for a 2nd national championship since his famous speech rallied the team last year.

  4. gpo November 24, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    I know I haven’t been paying that close attention this year with my two teams sucking wind, but it really says something about Ala playing those 3 cupcakes. What a joke.

    Nothing to do with the Heisman.

  5. slippy November 24, 2009 at 1:39 pm #


    This saying really needs to go away. Tebow doesn’t play defense. He has not willed the defense to shut teams down while HIS OFFENSE has struggled. Making plays isn’t willing your team to win, it’s just making plays.

  6. jeremy November 24, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    Hard to get a gauge on the pulse of this years race, but it feels … different. Feels like its lacking the edge/hype/q factor etc score of years passed. Do you think that its because there isn’t a clear outstanding candidate who most likely will win. Whereas last year there were 3 legit contenders, and the year before with Tebow being the first sophomore – I dont know but something about this race seems off? Cant quite place my finger on it – but maybe its because there hasn’t been a clear contender and the 3 favorites going into the season didn’t live up the extreme hype? Am I the only one thinking/feeling this?

  7. sandymex November 24, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    I think the reason this race seems different is that the three main contenders all play on undefeated teams with great defenses.

    Top 3 in the nation in total defense:
    1. Alabama
    2. Florida
    3. Texas

    That’s downright bizarre given the correlation between lousy defense and good Heisman stats. While McCoy has played the most of any of the three, I think you’d be hard pressed to say that even he has padded his stats.

  8. ADP November 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    In other news:

    Scientists have confirmed that Tim Tebow does in fact sweat holy water.

    When asked to comment on his plans for after college, Tim Tebow stated that he intends to be the first player in NFL history to win a championship…as a 1 man team.

    In fact, rumors have been swirling that the reason that LA doesn’t have a pro team is because Roger Goodell is holding it open for the expansion Los Angeles Fighting Tebows. The head coach has already been named…Tim Tebow, of course.

    When asked what he will do to celebrate if he wins his second Heisman Trophy and consecutive National Titles Tim Tebow simply shrugged and said “I’m not sure, I think that I will take a couple seconds to let it all sink in. After that, I think I’ll either cure cancer or solve world hunger.”

    And so my friends, as we can see it would be a travesty if Tim Tebow won a second Heisman. For surely such a mundane award is beneath this transcendent being who’s very existence makes this world a better place.


  9. Anonymous November 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    Well, living in Texas, I gotta go with the Longhorns, but the Gators and Bama both play great D. Mr. T Bow is the toughest guy playing QB I have ever seen and Mark Ingram will knock your gear sideways when you hit him. Who is the best??? I like Colt, but I have to admit the other two guys should be voted over him.

  10. starkweather November 26, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    I’m an agitator, to be sure. Case Keenum has consistently looked better to my eyes than any other player in the country except for Ndamukong Suh. And neither of them will be in New York. I would love to see somebody jump on my Bernard Pierce, All-American bandwagon. Is there any way he gets at least a couple of throwaway votes for lifting Temple up out of the garbage pail and into serious consideration for the Top 25? Happy Thanksgiving, folkers.

  11. Pete November 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    Colt McCoy should be in the #1 spot on the Heisman polls by the time you read this. His performance against Texas A&M was phenomenal! What a way to end his regular season career. Clearly he deserves Heisman recognition for the year he has had this season. BUT, when you add to that his previous three seasons and the fact that he is the winningest college quarterback in the HISTORY of the game there should be no doubt who deserves the Heisman more.

    Please vote for Colt McCoy on Nissan’s Heisman website, where YOU and I get a chance to influence the vote.

  12. Xavier November 29, 2009 at 3:27 am #

    As a Case Keenum fan, I understand why he doesn’t have a prayer. So if we’re talking unbiased opinion of who deserves the award, its no doubt Gerhart. He has clearly been the best player this season, and has week in and week out put up big numbers in the conference that will have the most teams in the top 25 when this week’s votes come out. Ingram failed to show up this week, and both Tebow and McCoy despite their teams’ success, have not consistently put up Heisman numbers this season. Looking at their numbers, and what they have done THIS SEASON, I don’t see how it is even contest.

  13. ridiculousFOOTBALLsnobs November 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm #


    The powers-that-be already determined who they were going to select as their Heisman winner before the season started. It wouldn’t matter if Tebow, McCoy or the Alabama slug QB threw 10 interceptions a game and only threw for 10 yard a game. The powers-that-be would pick them anyway. Statistics and quality mean nothing. Case Keenum has to work five times as hard to outscore Houston opponents to win because Houston’s defense isn’t very good. None of the top five QBs on this ridiculous list could win at Houston, not one. Case Keenum is better than every one of them.

    If not for the SEC officials Alabama and Florida would both have at least one loss to a crappy team. But SEC officials and the powers that be seem to be doing whatever they can to ensure their ‘chosen ones’ make it to the national championship game.

    It’s too bad that ineptness and corruption is so widespread in American culture. From Wall Street to sportswriters to SEC officials, everyone seems to be on the take. Why even play the damned game. Let’s just anoint the Heisman winner BEFORE the season? It’s a joke and what is sad are all the dishonest snobs who are not even considering Case Keenum, even though he is the best QB in the country.

  14. ridiculousFOOTBALLsnobs November 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm #


    If Tebow, McCoy and Ingram all had to be led out onto the field with seeing eye dogs, couldn’t pass and couldn’t run, they would still be at the top of the Heisman watch. This is ridiculous. Instead of playing games let’s start just picking Heisman winners at the start of the year. Let’s take away all of the pretense that the Heisman winner actually deserves it. Let’s stop even tallying up statistics. It wouldn’t matter if a QB threw for 1,000,000 yards and threw for 5,000 Touchdowns in a season. IT DOESN’T MATTER! Look at the records of the top three clowns on this list. Their stats suck and if they didn’t have a defensive team to win games for them they would be on losing teams. Case Keenum has to actually play and perform to win. If Case Keenum’s team had a defense he would have twice the stats he has now because his offense would be on the field even longer. The powers-that-be are biased nitwits who couldn’t care less who is the best player, or best quarterback, in the land. They decided who they wanted to be the Heisman winner before the season even started. It’s not an award any longer. It’s a damned popularity contest.

    Sportswriters, coaches and everyone involved in this charade should be ashamed of themselves. They don’t give a damn about talent or quality. All they care about is perpetuating myths. Tebow, Mccoy and Ingram would be flops at Houston because Houston doesn’t have a good defense to bail them out. These guys have 1/10th the talent of Case Keenum.

    Keenum was taken out of the game at halftime last night and he still outperformed all three of the top three bozos in this list.


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