Boise State Broncos Drop Idaho Vandals: Does Kellen Moore Deserve the Heisman?
With controversy surrounding Auburn's Cam Newton this week, his Heisman Trophy candidacy took a serious derailment. Voters need to look no further than Boise State's Kellen Moore as the new favorite.
Moore certainly didn't hurt his cause with his performance against Idaho on Friday. Against the in-state rival, Moore needed just two and a half quarter to throw for 216 yards and three touchdowns with a 73.1 percent completion rate.
On the season, Moore has thrown for 2588 yards and 24 touchdowns, good for a fourth place tie in the NCAA. More impressively, the junior quarterback has completed passes this year at a clip of 71.9 percent and limited interceptions to just four.
While Moore has not thrown for the most passing yards or touchdowns this season, his efficiency and ability to limit interceptions and sacks has given him the top quarterback rating in all of college football. At 191.2, Moore's quarterback rating is almost 10 points higher than second place Newton.
Despite Moore's impressive statistics, he has not been receiving the same Heisman attention as Newton or other major conference players.
Perhaps one knock on Moore is his schedule. Boise State has only played two ranked teams all season. One of those teams, Oregon State, is now under .500. The other team, Virginia Tech, has the only top 50 defense Moore has faced this season.
Who deserves the Heisman?
Some might question whether Moore is simply a product of Chris Petersen's system. However, a player should be measured by his performance, regardless of what kind of offense he runs.
For example, Jon Brantley is running the same offense Tim Tebow ran in Florida, but he's not setting any records as a Gator.
Ricky Stanzi deserves some attention. Terrelle Pryor is the best dual threat quarterback in college football, although Denard Robinson is close by.
At the running back position, Oregon's LaMichael James deserves some credit for a season where he is projected to run for 1775 yards and 23 touchdowns.
For Oklahoma State, Justin Blackmon is on pace to have one of the best college football receiving seasons of all time. At this pace, the sophomore wide receiver will rack up over 1700 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Blackmon has scored a touchdown in every single game this season and has not gained less than 125 yards in a game.
Despite this tough competition, it is Moore that should wind up pulling down the hardware.
Auburn could easily falter with a road game at Alabama. Even if the Tigers manage to get past the Crimson Tide on the road, the South Carolina Gamecocks would likely await them in Atlanta. Oregon will not likely lose. Arizona, their toughest road block, has lost two straight.
With TCU ahead of Boise State currently, it seems unlikely that the Broncos will find a way into the BCS Championship game this year.
If they do find a way, Moore will get some recognition on a national scale before actually having to play the number one defense in TCU or the number 13 defense in Auburn.
Still, Moore is the best quarterback in college football even when including Newton. Unless the voters decide to go for a non-quarterback like James or Blackmon, it is Moore who should capture the most votes.
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