How The Race Looks Now

The weekend’s games are done and here’s how I think the Heisman race looks right now:

1.  With one week to go, Colt McCoy is the current front runner and likely winner.  Pending a status report on the health of Mark Ingram, I am close to calling the race in his favor.

2.  With his monster game againt Notre Dame, Stanford’s Toby Gerhart has assured himself of a trip to New York and he has a shot to finish a strong second in the race.

3.  Ingram is fading fast, but he could rebound with a heroic performance against the Gators.  As it stands, he had his least-productive game of the season at the worst possible time:  When Heisman ballots had gone out and many voters were seeing him up close for the first time.

4. With his emotionally-driven performance against Florida State, Tim Tebow might’ve solidified his place at the Heisman ceremony.  He won’t win, but he’ll get one last go-around in the Big Apple. 

If the vote were held right now:

1. Colt McCoy

2. Mark Ingram

3. Toby Gerhart

4. Tim Tebow

5. Kellen Moore

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52 Responses to How The Race Looks Now

  1. Ted November 30, 2009 at 4:41 pm #

    A win’s a win.
    Using that argument you could give the heisman to Mark Ingram for his great play against Auburn.

  2. sandymex December 1, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    Some folks pretend Tebow wasn’t seriously injured before the LSU game. Tebow executed a very conservative game plan with little practice. He limited LSU to 8 possessions and Florida played ball-control only punting once all game. Tebow helped shatter a 32-game winning streak by the Tigers in front of the largest crowd in LSU history. This game symbolizes how Tebow has overcome adversity to keep the Gators undefeated since his famous speech. Tebow’s turnover was on the LSU 5 yard line with less than 5 minutes to go… this only affected the margin.

    After the game, several LSU defenders waited for Tebow to finish interviews so they could shake his hand. As DT Charles Alexander put it: “He came out there and gave a great effort. He is one of the greatest college football players to play the game.”

    Here’s what Kiffin said about Tebow after the Tennessee game:
    “I don’t think he’s human. I really don’t. There were times when I asked [the coaches in the booth] on the headset, ‘Is he ever going to wear down?’ But he never does. Our defense worked hard and you just prayed to get it to third-and-4, because if it was third-and-3, he was going to put his head down and run over people.”