The race for place

The big question in this year’s Heisman race is: Who will finish second?

Voters obviously give great care to who they put in the first spot on their ballots. They tend to be less predictable and maybe a little more frivolous with the 2nd and 3rd spots. With no consensus counterbalance to Jameis Winston’s candidacy, there’s no telling who could end up there.

I believe that the following players stand the best chance of finishing second:

Braxton Miller
Andre Williams
Jordan Lynch
AJ McCarron
Johnny Manziel
Tre Mason

McCarron, Manziel and Miller have excellent name recognition and could claim the two spot thanks to the sheer volume of ballots on which they may appear.

If Lynch or Williams get there, it will be due to the intensity of support for them in their home region.

I’m a bit skeptical of Mason’s chances, but he could catch a late wave based on his 304 yard performance against Missouri in the SEC title game.

We’ll know who the Heisman finalists are on Monday at 6 p.m. ET.

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4 Responses to The race for place

  1. David December 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Interesting that you didn’t include Petty. He’s been strong in every game except for OkSt, and his numbers are stronger than Miller’s or McCarron’s.

    • Heismanpundit December 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      All that is true. But I’m trying to figure out what will actually happen, not determine what SHOULD happen.

      • Mason December 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

        Even though he SHOULD be invited to NY, do you think he actually will? thanks

  2. Ron December 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    That’s Tre not Tra. WDE!