The Heisman Voter Map Comes Down to Red and Blue States

Louis WallerContributor IDecember 12, 2008

This year's Heisman vote is going regional.  According to several on-line tracking sites, the votes are staying home. Tim Tebow has a commanding lead in the South while Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy continue to split votes in the West, Southwest, and Midwest. has Sam Bradford leading among former Heisman winners with 21 votes, to 11 for Colt McCoy, and 1 for Tebow. Taking the vote breakdown from the website, McCoy has become the political equivalent of Ross Perot in the 1992 Presidential Elections. I can't wait to see Herbie and Corso with dry erase boards breaking down the ballots Saturday afternoon.

This year's vote, amidst all the BCS controversy, is not only one of the closest in recent history, but it has also seemed to have invoked an emotional component. Radio talk show hosts couldn't have asked for anything better.

It's one thing to have the normal build up of the national championship, but to have the opposing quarterbacks vying for the Heisman, adds an extra element of competition to what is already shaping up to be one of the best championship games ever.

School pride aside, after seeing the video ESPN put together on Tebow last night during the ESPNU College Football Awards, how could you want anyone else to win? No disrespect to Bradford and McCoy, but this guy could ditch football and run (no pun intended) for office.

It's already been decided that McCoy will be gun-slinging in Texas again next year and will be the odds-on favorite for the Heisman in 2009, but Tebow and Bradford will most likely be competing for Rookie of Year accolades in the NFL.  

With the infusion of Bradford, Tebow, Stafford, and Harrell, the NFL should once again be set with a bevy of quarterback talent. The Detroit Lions are licking their collective chops to get at one of these guys.  

No worries, Troy Aikman went 1-15 in his rookie year, too.