Like us here at Heismanpundit, CFS.com lists the guys based on who they think has the best shot at actually winning, rather than putting together a projected order in the voting.
Obviously, there are some major issues we have with their list, namely having a sophomore as the favorite.
But this last note is the strangest:
CollegeFootballStars.com acknowledges, but does not heed, other factors such as how much media attention a player receives, BCS conference favoritism, ad campaigns, or marketing from a player’s sports information department. CollegeFootballStars.com feels strongly that a player’s on-field performance is what should ultimately decide who wins the award intended for the nation’s top college football player.
Why would you not heed outside factors when figuring out who’s going to win? We agree that, ideally, it should go to the best player, but that’s not always the case, partially because the term ‘best player’ means different things to different people.
A Heisman list that doesn’t take into account how much media attention a player receives or things like BCS or regional favoritism will probably end up sorely lacking in accuracy. After all, it’s a MEDIA award, right? Otherwise, why not put a guy like Omar Jacobs at the top? After all, he was ‘the most productive player in Div. 1 last season.’
So close, yet so far….