With No Clear Winner In Sight, Can Big 12 Bring Home the Heisman?

Alex PhilbrickContributor IAugust 23, 2008

The most prestigious individual trophy in college sports is completely up for grabs.  No one can make a confident guess at who will win this year's Heisman Trophy.  With so many great players across the country, its mind-boggling to try to figure it out.  The Big 12 has some great contenders, so here are just three of those top players.

Chase Daniel

The potential for the 2008 Missouri Tigers is incredible.  With Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin returning for the Tigers, this year looks to be a great one for Mizzou.  The key to the Tigers team is quarterback, Chase Daniel.

 He tops the list of the Big 12 Heisman contenders.  Chase had the best season of his career in 2007, and has a chance at even topping that.  Chase was fifth in the nation in passing yards with 4306 yards.  He also added on 33 touchdowns and a 68.2 completion percentage.  Those kind of numbers earned Chase a third place finish in the Heisman Voting last year.  Chase looks to move up in the voting and take the trophy back to Missouri.

 Sam Bradford

 Oklahoma returns the top-rated quarterback from a year ago in sophomore Sam Bradford.  Bradford led the country in passer rating last season with a staggering 176.52 rating.  Bradford also broke the freshman touchdown record for a single season with 36 touchdowns. 

 Sam has a stable of running back and a great wide receiving core.  He also has six returning starters up front that make up the best offensive line in the country.  If Sam can stay away from freak injuries (Texas Tech game), then he should put up great numbers and lead the Sooners to another Big 12 championship and possible National Championship.

 Michael Crabtree

 1962.  No, not the year I was born—only about 30 years off. 

 That number would be the staggering number of yards amassed by the nations top receiver, Michael Crabtree.  The Big 12 is home to many of the top skill position players in the country, but Crabtree may be the best. 

 Crabtree put together a season to remember in 2007 scoring 22 touchdowns going along with all those yards.  Michael will be catching passes from Graham Harrell, who just missed the list.  Harrell and Crabtree make up the best combo is the college game.  If Crabtree can have another season like last year, it will be hard to keep his hands from grabbing the Heisman too.