2009 Heisman Race: Anybody Want It?

James MardikosContributor INovember 10, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns calls out the defense against the UCF Knights on November 7, 2009 at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 35-3.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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We're getting close to Thanksgiving, which means it's crunch time in college football.

Although crowded, the BCS is starting to slowly take shape with Florida, Alabama, and Texas at the top and TCU, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, and Boise State waiting to pick up scraps.

While the BCS picture gets clearer, I believe it's the total opposite for this year's Heisman Trophy race.

This is the first year that I can remember where this far into the season a bona fide Heisman contender has not arrived yet. Of the names being tossed around, some are household names, and some weren't at the beginning of the year.

Tim Tebow of Florida and Colt McCoy of Texas were thought to be there at the start, while dark horses like Mark Ingram from Alabama and Case Keenum from Houston have put up decent numbers. Meanwhile, Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame and C.J. Spiller from Clemson are putting up solid all-around numbers.

However, I don't feel any of these players are really Heisman-worthy...yet at least

I really wish people would completely drop Tebow from any consideration. His numbers are nothing even close to his amazing Heisman campaign two years ago. Just look at the splits:

2007: 32 TDs and 3,286 yards passing; 20 TDs and 895 yards rushing

2009: 11 TDs and 1,531 yards passing; nine TDs and 575 yards rushing

I don't know what happened to him, but his numbers drastically have dropped since that unreal sophomore year.

As for Ingram, he's a great running back, and I definitely agree he is probably one of the top five best running backs in college football, but I just can't see him winning the Heisman. Running backs in the past such as LaDainian Tomlinson, Darren McFadden, and Adrian Peterson have put up numbers that make Ingram's look pedestrian, and they never won it, so what gives Ingram any chance?

Keenum and Clausen have the numbers. However, Keenum plays for Houston, so he might get invited to New York for the ceremony but won't win (a la Colt Brennan of Hawaii in '07). As for Clausen, as of today he probably has the best numbers of these contenders, but Notre Dame's inability to win big-time games will hurt his campaign.

The '09 Heisman race is going to come down to McCoy. Texas will be in the BCS title game against the winner of Florida-Alabama, and although McCoy's stats from a year ago will probably be better than whatever he puts up this year, I think McCoy is finally starting to hit his stride with Jordan Shipley and freshman Marquise Goodwin.

He's got four more games to put up monster stats like he did last week against Central Florida to take charge of this race and give us that bona fide Heisman Trophy winner.

The saying usually goes, it's yours to lose ...but for Colt McCoy, the Heisman Trophy is his to win.