With so many viable candidates in play, Robert Griffin III’s Heisman victory wasn’t without controversy. When Griffin’s Baylor Bears take on the Washington Huskies in the Alamo Bowl, RGIII will leave no doubt about who the best player in the country really is.
Griffin was the most valuable player in college football this season, dragging a Baylor team with one of the worst defenses in the nation to an 8-3 record. Yet even with a full-season’s worth of film and statistics, it’s hard to separate that from Montee Ball’s record-setting scoring, Tyrann Mathieu’s electric ball-hawking, Andrew Luck’s NFL-ready efficiency, or Trent Richardson’s consistent stream-rolling.
Even those who believed that Griffin deserved the Heisman couldn’t really fault voters for choosing another of the five finalists. On December 29th, Griffin will have one final opportunity to distance himself from the pack.
He certainly has the ability to do so, and the situation is already slanted in his favor.