This is obviously a very interesting, competitive and exciting Heisman race. I’m going to have to summon all my punditry powers to get an accurate read on it.
In the meantime, here are some basic stats for the top contenders heading into the final weekend:
261 of 376, .694%, 3,170 yards
35 TDs, 9 INTs, 166.16 rating
153 rush yards, 2 TDs
Notes: Very good numbers all around, but some people expected more excitement out of the Stanford QB. Doesn’t have many memorable highlights, outside of a one-handed catch.
263 carries, 1,583 yards
6.0 ypc, 20 rush TDs
27 receptions, 327 yards
3 receiving TDs
Notes: His rushing total is historically low by Heisman standards. Since 1975, only Mark Ingram has rushed for fewer than 1,600 yards while managing to still take home the trophy (and that was the closest race in Heisman history).
308 of 446, .690%, 3,528 yards
39 TDs, 7 INTs, 161.22 rating,
2 rush TDs
Notes: A latecomer to the campaign. Great numbers but lost to Luck head-to-head. Probation cost him a chance to make a final case for the trophy.
Robert Griffin III
252 of 347, .726%, 3,678 yards
34 TDs, 5 INTs, 191.11 rating
149 carries, 612 rush yards, 7 TDs
Notes: Fantastic numbers. Has the NCAA record for efficiency in his pocket. Will he be ready to play against Texas after his concussion limited him against Texas Tech?
342 of 467, .732%, 4,726 yards
43 TDs, 3 INTs, 187.35 rating
3 rushing TDs
vs. Southern Mississippi
Notes: Ridiculous numbers, but voters remain a bit skeptical. Also could break the NCAA efficiency record, to go with all his other records.
248 carries, 1,622 rush yards
6.5 ypc, 29 rush TDs
17 receptions, 248 yards
5 receiving TDs
vs. Michigan State
Note: 34 total TDs is second-best in NCAA history. Getting within sniffing distance of Barry Sanders’ record of 39 is sure to impress voters as they hear more about it next weekend.
355 of 486, .730%, 4,111 pass yards
34 TDs, 12 INTs, 162.26 rating
Note: Very good numbers but they get lost in the shuffle when compared to some of the other candidates.
272 of 373, .729%, 3,194 pass yards
38 TDs, 7 INTs, 174.72 rating
vs. New Mexico
Notes: Impressive as usual. Voters need more to go on when it comes to schools from non-BCS conferences, unfortunately.
It’s a pretty amazing field. Lots of big numbers, lots of stellar performances. It will be hard for voters to sort out. While this will not be the closest vote in Heisman history, as 2009′s race was, I expect that five finalists might be in the offing if no one can truly separate on the final weekend of games.