The Hunt for the Heisman Trophy: How This Week's Games Could Affect It

Inactive InactiveContributor INovember 21, 2008

This Saturday's games bring forth real tests for many of this year's Heisman candidates.


Sam Bradford

Bradford faces off against Graham Harrell, Michael Crabtree, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.  This game will not only change the perspective of whether each team can compete for a national championship, it will likely send either Bradford or Harrell into Heisman glory.

If Bradford has a great game, and his team goes on to win, we could be looking at an extremely close race.  But if the Red Raiders win, then we should see Harrell duke it out with teammate Michael Crabtree for the Heisman.


Colt McCoy

McCoy faces off against the 4-7 Texas A&M Aggies.  Although this may seem like an easy game on paper, the Aggies always play better against their in-state rival.


Tim Tebow

The Gators QB is playing The Citadel and should have a monster game to bolster his statistics.  However, the quality of the opponent should do nothing to improve Tebow's Heisman standing.


Let's look at some of the other candidates who were either Heisman candidates at the beginning of this year, or are just on the outside looking in to this Heisman picture:


Knowshon Moreno

Moreno has 210 carries for 1,244 yards and 15 touchdowns.  While those numbers are extremely good, he is projected to get the same totals as last year, when he split carries with Thomas Brown. 

He will be an excellent NFL player, but this year was disappointing.  Moreno saw his Heisman hopes vaporize with disappointing performances against Alabama and Florida.


Chase Daniel

The Missouri senior quarterback is 306-for-400, for 3,592 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.  Had he not been so mistake prone, throwing 10 interceptions in his last six games, then he would be up there with McCoy and Harrell.  But because of his penchant for picks, he falls down this list.


Jeremy Maclin

His 79 receptions, 1,052 yards, and 10 touchdowns are good, but if you look from where they came, Maclin's numbers seem impressive.  Six of his 10 touchdowns came against teams with a losing record. 

While Maclin is just as explosive of a return man, he may be one of those guys who misses a trip to New York by a mere reception or receiving touchdown.


Javon Ringer

The workhorse of Michigan State's offense, Ringer has carried the ball 353 times, good for 1,548 yards and 20 touchdowns.  This guy is having a HUGE year.  It's just too bad no one has noticed. 

The fact that the two games in which he did not have a touchdown were against Ohio State and Iowa were understandable, although his nose for the goal line has set him apart from most other running backs.

After Saturday, we should have a clearer picture of where this year's Heisman Trophy is going.