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Calling the Heisman race

Posted by cuorange on December 12, 2009

It’s been a fascinating week in the Heisman Trophy race.  ESPN and the Heisman Trust couldn’t have asked for a closer race as the “perfect storm” hit last weekend to make the race interesting.

I’m calling for an even closer result than StiffArmTrophy.com (which as of 10:53 p.m. Pacific Time on 12/10/09 is forecasting a 100 point difference between 1st and 2nd and 10 points between 2nd and 3rd).  Nevertheless, we agree on the order of the top 5.  Ingram, Gerhart, Suh, McCoy and Tebow.

HeismanPundit.com called the race and declared McCoy the winner.  Wow.  McCoy didn’t even win with the Austin voters.  Oops.

What’s more interesting to me is the question of why Tim Tebow is in New York.  When only 3 were invited last year we were told that there was a “clear separation” after the top 3.  Fair enough, there was.  While not as large, there also appears to be a clear separation after the top 4 this year (more so when using StiffArmTrophy.com projections), with Tebow being a distant 5th.

Name CUOrange Points StiffArmTrophy Points
Ingram  1  1267  1   1229
Gerhart  2  1258  2   1129
Suh  3  1255  3   1119
McCoy  4  723  4  858
Tebow  5  294  5  269

I’m neither a conspiracy theorist nor a Tebow hater.  I think he’s a great player who has been great for college football.  I’m just not sure why he is in New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation unless the actual voting is vastly different from the projections on StiffArmTrophy.com.  Otherwise, the Heisman Trophy is headed towards becoming a sham and more of a popularity contest than it already is.

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