Michigan’s Denard Robinson has turned the Heisman race upside down with his other-worldly performances the past two weeks. If the vote were held today, he would win.
It is an old saw in Heisman circles that to win the trophy, you must either beat Notre Dame or play for Notre Dame. Well, Robinson beat the Irish in about as impressive and dramatic a fashion as possible.
So what’s next in store for Michigan’s Mr. Robinson?
Is there any reason to think he’ll slow down in the next few games? Sure, there is a thought that he might not hold up to the rigors of the schedule since he handles the ball so much. But the Wolverines take on Massachussetts, Bowling Green, Indiana and Michigan State in the next four weeks. Six games into the season, barring injury, Robinson should still rank among the nation’s leaders in rushing and total offense.
At that point, he’ll be tested, as Michigan hosts Iowa and travels to Penn State. Then there is Illinois and Purdue before two major clashes to close the season against Wisconsin and Ohio State.
If the Heisman gods were truly shining upon us, that Wolverines-Buckeyes battle could shape up to be a Pryor-Robinson headliner, with the winner taking home the Heisman.
It’s all in Robinson’s hands. Believe it or not, the Heisman is his to lose right now. It’s a notion that was almost unthinkable a couple week ago. But there it is: I don’t think anyone else in the country can match his ‘spectacular’ factor when he is on his game. Since he is a one-man show for a traditional power, he’ll be given a little bit of leeway even if he doesn’t put up 500 yards every time out. Amazingly, a 2,000/2,000 season is not out of the question for him–he’s probably the first player who has ever had a realistic shot at that mark.
There is still a lot of football to be played, but no one has started the season out better against more quality opponents than Robinson.
It’s him and everyone else right now.