2009 Heisman Finalists Announced: And the Choices Are...
For the first time in years, five finalists have made the Heisman ceremony in New York.
Surprisingly, Jimmy Clausen, Case Keenum, and CJ Spiller were not finalists for the stiff-armed man.
There's sure to be controversy for the five players the selected, four of whom played in the conference championships on Saturday.
Click through to get the scoop and the take on their odds of winning courtesy of yours truly.
We knew McCoy would make the ceremony, but he's limping in after the subpar performance against Nebraska, going 20/36 for 186 yards and three interceptions to no touchdowns.
He might have convinced any of the voters who cast their ballots prior to the championship game, and he's always had the sympathy vote after last year, but to people watching his play this year, it's always been the same old Colt: inconsistent, overwhelmed, and possibly just really lucky.
Odds of winning—3:1.
If McCoy is the sympathetic but annoying choice, Tebow is the one against whom it's fair to be openly hostile.
His production has been relatively poor, his play inconsistent and occasionally suicidal, and he hasn't had a signature moment all year that wasn't tainted by a questionable call.
The good news is, there's no way he wins without every non-Gator college football fan rioting in the streets. Inviting him to the ceremony was probably intended to make him feel better, but for once, he's a longshot.
Odds of winning—I should say 32:13 (get it?), but those are actually too good. I'll say 15:1.
Ingram has the stats and the three touchdowns in the SEC Championship, but there have been hiccups in his candidacy: the flat performance in the Tennessee game, the injury at Auburn, and the yardage differential between him and Gerhart.
If he won, there wouldn't be rioting, but I definitely wouldn't mind if the SEC missed out on a few more things this year.
I'll say his odds are 5:2.
Gerhart leads the nation in yards, attempts, and rushing touchdowns, and his white-hot finish in wins over USC, Oregon and Notre Dame and the loss to Cal means he's trucking into the ceremony with a ton of momentum.
But the candidacy cooled off courtesy of college football's short term memory loss—Suh, Ingram, McCoy, and even Tebow have played more recently and might have gained ground.
The other knocks against him are typical—that he goes to Stanford, that its on the West Coast, that it ain't fancy (although not that he's white; oops, guess that's why I'm a sportswriter).
I don't think anyone save the Alabama fanbase is rooting against him winning, however. The kid's a buster.
HOUSE OF SPEARS MAKE CEREMONY.
IT IS RARE DEFENSIVE PLAYER THAT DOES SO.
PUBLIC WANT SUH TO WIN.