Heisman Trophy 2010: Will Cam Newton Achieve A Record Victory?
The Heisman Trophy 2010 award ceremony is due to begin in less than an hour now. And the only real uncertainty at this point is not whether Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will win, but exactly how big his margin of victory will be.
In fact, if you were to believe the analysis of the whole thing from Rivals.com, we could be looking at a record-setting evening for Newton.
The largest margin of victory in Heisman history was accomplished by O.J. Simpson in 1968, as he beat out Leroy Keyes of Purdue by 1,750 points. The second largest margin of victory was in 1991 by Desmond Howard, who beat out Florida State's Casey Weldon by 1,574 points.
However, unlike Newton, neither Simpson nor Howard won their Heismans after seasons in which they were plagued by allegations of participating in a pay-for-play scheme.
And this is the major hangup in the notion that Newton could be in for a record-breaking Heisman win, as the Heisman voting rules have a built-in "integrity" clause that it urges voters to take into consideration.
Rivals points out that at least one writer, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi, has already gone public in saying that he left Newton off his ballot entirely.
In other words, don't count on whiting out your personal college football almanac quite yet.
Instead, maybe you should check out Bleacher Report's Projections for the BCS Title Game and All 35 Bowls. You know you want to.
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