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Montee Ball is a direct reminder of how important it is to play on Championship Saturday. Three guys on this list helped their cause as a direct relation to having an extra week in the eyes of voters, and Ball was one of them.
I would have been appalled if the Heisman committee hadn't invited Ball to New York. He is one touchdown shy (38) of breaking Oklahoma State legend Barry Sanders' FBS record 39 touchdowns. That number is insane, and barring injury he should break the mark in the Rose Bowl against the Oregon Ducks.
If that wasn't enough, Ball didn't get a fourth quarter carry in six of the Badgers' 13 games this season, signaling Wisconsin's dominance in some of their games. But for those who say Ball played inferior competition during the games he didn't play in the fourth, consider his line against UNLV, Northern Illinois and South Dakota, the three weakest teams on the Badgers' schedule.
UNLV: 11 Att., 63 Yards, 3 TDs
Northern Illinois: 20 Att. 91 Yards, 2 TDs
South Dakota: 15 Att., 88 Yards, 2 TDs
Ball did what he was supposed to do against inferior talent. His best statistical game was late in the season against a Penn State team still in the Big 10-title picture. I don't think Ball has enough support to make a dent in the voting, but what he has done this season deserves to be recognized and remembered for years to come.