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Pike’s Turn To Shine

I haven’t been too high on Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike’s Heisman chances, but not because I don’t think he’s a good player.

It’s just that it is very difficult for a relative unknown from a non-traditional Heisman power to come out of nowhere and seriously challenge for the Heisman.

He has been a consistent presence in the HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll the past few weeks.  In the most recent poll, he was fourth with 25 points and even notched a first-place vote.

But I think the main reason for that is that he has had the best season (to date) of any player on an undefeated team.  So voters are keeping him in mind, but only for a spot down the ballot (not the top spot). 

Can that change? 

When I look at the rest of Cincy’s schedule, it doesn’t look possible.  After tonight, the Bearcats play Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut, West Virginia (on a Friday), Illinois (on a Friday) and Pittsburgh.  Not a ranked team in sight and not much reason for Heisman voters to tune in.

That doesn’t mean Pike can’t be a factor in the race, though.  He’s got a chance to get to New York, at least, and it all begins with tonight’s matchup against unbeaten South Florida.

Most of the pundits who comment on the race will be watching this game, which is the advantage of playing on Thursday night.  It’s Pike’s chance to really shine, to show that he’s a great player regardless of his schedule or conference affiliation.

Getting his team out of tonight’s game unbeaten will impress a lot of voters and as a result he’ll remain a solid option for some Heisman voters when all is said and done. 

Where he finishes in the final balloting, though, will depend less on what he does and more on what the other candidates do.

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The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll, 10/13

HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll, 10/13
(total points, with first-place votes in parantheses)

1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–50 (6)

2. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–35 (2)

3. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame–34 (2)

4. Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati–25 (1)

5. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–20

6. Ndamkong Suh, DT, Nebraska–11 (2)

7. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State–5
     Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech–5

9. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee–3

10. Todd Reesing, QB, Kansas–2
     Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–2

12. Jacory Harris, QB, Miami–1
      Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama–1
      Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech–1

About the Poll 

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for five players each week. Tabulations are made on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with five points awarded for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote and so on.  Last year’s final Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate in the country, picking five of the top six finishers in the Heisman vote.

Members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Teddy Greenstein and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Olin Buchanan and Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com, J.B. Morris of ESPN the Magazine, Austin Murphy, B.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, plus Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News.

Chris Huston of HeismanPundit.com coordinates and also votes in the poll.

From a Voter

“If the award is for the most outstanding player in college football, you have to be awed by how dominating Ndamkong Suh has been this season. Other guys who become the default frontrunners due to their reps linger near the top and will be tough to beat in the end, but I’m going with Suh at this point. He’s made the Huskers a big deal again and he’s doing some things nobody at his position does. What’s really amazing is that you talk to coaches who go up against him and they focus on him so much in their game plans and he still makes plays.”– a Heisman voter.

Heisman Game of the Week
 
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma.  This could be where McCoy wins or loses the Heisman.  The voters will be watching closely to see if the Texas quarterback can recapture his magic from last season, when he finished second in the balloting.  While he’s been solid so far this year, he has thrown more interceptions and fewer touchdowns than many expected.  But if he plays well and leads Texas to a win, he’ll be hard to beat for the Heisman.  If he stumbles badly in a loss, however, he might have a hard time getting back to New York.

Player to Watch

Sam Bradford, Oklahoma.  Last year’s Heisman winner won’t repeat thanks to a shoulder injury that kept him out of the last three games, but he could still play the role of Heisman spoiler.  He showed few signs of rust in throwing for 389 yards in his return to action last week against Baylor, which augurs well for his matchup on Saturday against Texas and McCoy. If Bradford flashes the form that led to his record-setting season in 2008 and the Sooners win, he might even start appearing on some Heisman lists again.

This Week in Heisman History

Oklahoma running back Steve Owens rushed for 112 yards on 28 carries and scored four touchdowns, eclipsing the 100-yard barrier for the 14th-straight time, as the Sooners held off Colorado, 42-30, in 1969.  Late in the game, Owens broke the NCAA record for career rushing attempts (683) held previously by Wisconsin’s Alan Ameche.  He went on to beat out Purdue’s Mike Phipps to become Oklahoma’s second Heisman winner.

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The Heismanpundit Heisman Poll, 10/6

This Week’s Poll Results, 10/6
(points, plus first-place votes in parantheses)
 
1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–52 (7)
 
2. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–48 (3)
 
3. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame–31 (2)

4. Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati–24

5. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–11

6. Jacory Harris, QB, Miami–8

7. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia–7 (1)

8. Tate Forcier, QB, Michigan–4

9. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford–3

10. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame–3

11. Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota–2
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State–2

About the Poll
 
The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for five players each week. Tabulations are made on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with five points awarded for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote and so on.  Last year’s final Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate in the country, picking five of the top six finishers in the Heisman vote, including the winner.

Members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Teddy Greenstein and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Olin Buchanan and Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com, J.B. Morris of ESPN the Magazine, Austin Murphy, B.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, plus Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News.

Chris Huston, owner of Heismanpundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.
 
From a Voter

“They may not have the most eye-popping numbers to date — especially since they’ve played one less game than a lot of the other contenders — but Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy are running the best teams and still performing at a high level.  Tony Pike is in that same category.  The numbers of Jimmy Clausen and Toby Gerhardt are just too significant to ignore, even if the overall team success hasn’t quite validated either Notre Dame or Stanford as among the nation’s elite.  But then, both players will have chances for signature games soon enough, especially when Clausen stares down the USC defense in a couple weeks.” — a Heisman voter.
 
Heisman Game of the Week
 
No. 1 Florida at No. 4 LSU.  High stakes here, as always.  The Tigers might be Florida’s biggest obstacle to an undefeated regular season.  So will Tebow play or won’t he?  That is the question.  If he plays and leads Florida to a victory, it will add another chapter to his amazing legacy and his end reward could be that elusive second Heisman.  If he doesn’t play, or performs poorly in a loss, then his Heisman hopes will fade considerably.    
 
Player to Watch

Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford.  Who would’ve thought the top running back on the West Coast might end up coming from the other side of the San Francisco Bay?  The 6-1, 240-pound Gerhart is fourth in the nation in rushing and embodies Stanford’s newly-discovered, blue-collar style under head coach Jim Harbaugh.  With no other running backs in the race, Gerhart could make a late-season run at the trophy. 
 
This Week in Heisman History

Quarterback Jim Plunkett completed 19 of 31 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown (a 50-yarder to tight end Bob Moore) as No. 12 Stanford upset No. 4 USC in 1970, ending the Trojans’ 25-game regular-season unbeaten streak.  Plunkett later beat out Notre Dame’s Joe Theismann for the Heisman and then led the Indians to a stunning 27-17 win over undefeated Ohio State in the 1971 Rose Bowl.

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The Heismanpundit.com Heisman Poll, 9/29

This Week’s Poll Results, 9/29

(first-place votes in parantheses)
 
1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida–57 (8)

2. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas–55 (5)

3. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–37

4. Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati–20

5. Jahvid Best, RB, California–11

6. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee–4

7. Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama–2

Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State–2

Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota–2

Ryan Williams, RB, Va. Tech–2

11. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame–1

Jacory Harris, QB, Miami–1

A.J. Green, WR, Georgia–1

About the Poll
 
The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for five players each week. Tabulations are made on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with five points awarded for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote and so on.  Last year’s final Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate in the country, picking five of the top six finishers in the Heisman vote, including the winner.

Members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Teddy Greenstein and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Olin Buchanan and Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com, J.B. Morris of ESPN the Magazine, Austin Murphy, B.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, plus Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News.

Chris Huston, owner of Heismanpundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.
 
HP’s Thoughts
 
With Jahvid Best and Jacory Harris absorbing major hits to their candidacies and Tim Tebow suffering a concussion, the race looks quite different than it did a week ago.  Though Tebow still leads, Colt McCoy has surged back into a virtual tie with the Gator quarterback, while Houston’s Case Keenum has, for the first time, placed himself within striking distance of the top spot.  The long view of the race still favors McCoy, though Tebow is benefitting from a short-term rallying effect due to his injury.  A possible dramatic return versus LSU on Oct. 10 might decide Tebow’s Heisman fate.

From a Voter

“This Heisman race is much more wide open than I thought it would be. There are a lot of interchangeable parts, but I still voted Tim Tebow No. 1 because he played hurt — with a respiratory illness– and contributed one touchdown pass and two rushing touchdowns in less than three quarters as Florida cruised to an SEC road victory over Kentucky.  The next two spots on my ballot are Colt McCoy of Texas, then Case Keenum of Houston– who has led his unbeaten, non-BCS team to a pair of wins over Big 12 schools.”– Dick Weiss, New York Daily News.
 
Heisman Game of the Week
 
No. 7 USC at No. 24 California.  Last week, Best was sitting pretty in the Heisman race after moving into second in the Heismanpundit.com poll for the first time.  This week, he’s just trying to survive after being a non-factor in Cal’s 42-3 loss to Oregon.  The calculus for Best against USC is simple:  If he does well and the Bears beat the Trojans, he’ll jump back into contention.  If not, he’s finished as a Heisman candidate and we’ll go another year without a running back winner.
 
Player to Watch

Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati.  Pike is starting to get some attention as he has led the Bearcats into the top 10 while completing 71 percent of his passes for 1,223 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first four games.  He doesn’t have the kind of marquee schedule that lends itself to a serious Heisman run but, if Cincinnati remains unbeaten, he has a chance to get some solid backing as the main candidate from the Midwest region. 
 
This Week in Heisman History

Michigan coach Bump Elliot called Navy quarterback Roger Staubach the “greatest quarterback I’ve ever seen” after watching him gain 307 yards running and passing (including two TDs in the air and one on the ground) in a 26-13 win over the Wolverines in 1963.  The total broke “Roger the Dodger’s” own Midshipmen record set the week before against William & Mary.  Staubach won the 1963 Heisman as a junior and was the last of five service academy athletes to take home the trophy.

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