There are many things you can count on from sports in December...People wanting Andy Reid fired, a terrible baseball contract or five, people whining about the BCS and Dallas Cowboy fans on suicide watch, among many others. The most storied of these, however, is the Heisman Trophy presentation. Its that time of year when we all gather 'round the TV, pretend to understand the voting system, complain of an East Coast bias, and privately wonder if this year's winner will actually get to keep the trophy five years from now. Who's going to get the little gold man this year? Here's my opinion.
To me, two of the five finalists have a real shot at winning the Heisman. In short, Andrew Luck, Montee Ball, and Honey Badger...enjoy your night. However, Robert Griffin III, QB of Baylor and Alabama RB Trent Richardson are separated by mere hairs. RGIII is easily the most exciting player in the college game today. He may be a big question mark in terms of pro potential, but there's no denying that RGIII was as good as it gets this year. With very little around him in terms of weapons, he carried the Baylor Bears to a 9-3 season without every really having a "bad" game. Sure, he threw two picks against Okie St., but he was forced to throw the ball 50 times. As for Trent Richardson, you can't really say a bad word about the kid. He was the #2 team in the country's whole entire offense for the majority of the year. 20 TDs, 6.0 YPC...he was every bit as good as Mark Ingram was for 'Bama during his 2009 Heisman campaign. All that said, Robert Griffin gets my vote. I expect them to be 1/2 in some order and I expect the voting will be as close as it was in my head. , seeing as So why Griff over Rich? Simple as this: Richardson had his worst game of the year (23 carries, 89 yds, 0 TDs) in the biggest game of the year vs LSU; a game where a touchdown would have made all the difference. In RGIII's biggest game (vs Oklahoma), he played near flawlessly (4 TDs, no picks, and 479 yards) and HAD TO be that good just to give the Bears a chance. That's kind of thing that makes all the difference on my entirely imaginary Heisman ballot.