Here’s a good read from blogger Brendan Loy about how voters in college football–in respect to both the team rankings and the Heisman–are getting smarter.
All of which leads to the question: are Heisman voters smarter than we’ve been giving them credit for? Or, more precisely, have they become smarter, or perhaps I should say, fairer? And if so, is this indicative of a broader trend among college football’s opinion-poll decision-makers generally?
I submit that it is. The same increase in smarts/fairness, and concomitant decrease in mindless collective-consciousness-type voting, has also been evident this season in the AP poll and, to a lesser but still significant extent, the coaches poll.
I agree and I think this year’s Heisman race could be seminal in that regard. This is the first season that all the Heisman ballots were cast electronically. It’s the first Heisman race where hordes of writers, coaches, players and other media were Twittering, blogging and updating Facebook pages. Information is flowing faster than ever before and, as a result, voters are more informed than ever before.
As this new generation of tech-savvy voters start to take over–and as the old guard fades away a bit–I expect the rules that govern the Heisman process are going to change, too. Ndamukong Suh’s spontaneous Heisman campaign–created, basically, on the strengths of one big game–points to the direction things could be headed. We really might one day see a defensive player win, or a true freshman, or even an offensive lineman, because of a couple performances that spread like wildfire throughout the various networks we all rely on.
It could mean fewer blowout wins in the future and more races like this year’s, where four or five worthy players make a serious run.