The nation's leading returning rusher, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, is one of the best again, yet he is not one of the six finalists for the Heisman Trophy award.
The Pac-12 was shut out from the Heisman field, a nationwide disrespect factor that contributes to this ranking.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota did not receive an invitation despite having a better quarterback ranking than finalists Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois and A.J. McCarron of Alabama (via ESPN.com).
Mariota was the front-runner for the Heisman at midseason. Despite struggling in losses to Stanford and Arizona, the Ducks quarterback still passed for 3,412 yards with 30 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
Washington tailback Bishop Sankey is also not in New York City this weekend for the Heisman presentation. He belongs if Auburn's Tre Mason deserves to be there. Sankey has outgained Mason (1,775 to 1,621 yards) although Mason plays in a run-oriented offense.
In the last two years, no college running back has gained more yards than Carey. He has gained 3,645 yards on 625 carries, mostly against competition in the Pac-12, which is only behind the SEC in terms of quality competition.
The Pac-12 got the shaft in many ways this postseason, from BCS bowl berths (Stanford is the only one with a trip to the Rose Bowl because of its Pac-12 title) to the Heisman finalists.
Other factors particular to Carey's Heisman snub are the perception of Arizona's program, his disciplinary action at the start of the season and the respectable, yet questionable production of his counterparts.
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