Thursday, December 4, 2008

Heisman Watch

Colt McCoy is the most valuable player in college football. The question is – does MVP necessarily mean Heisman? If you took McCoy off Texas, the Longhorns might be the fourth or fifth best team in the Big 12. He does not have the complementary receivers that Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford has. Texas beat Oklahoma on a neutral field so the slight edge goes to McCoy. The junior quarterback not only threw two touchdowns last week against rival Texas A&M, but also ran two in. He has 4,021 yards of total offense and 42 touchdowns. It is unfortunate that McCoy will not be playing this Saturday.

Ahead: TBD

Sam Bradford
had his greatest game of the year on a national stage last week against Oklahoma State. Bradford not only led his team to eight straight scoring drives, but led the Sooners to the Big 12 title game. He was 30-for-44 for 370 yards and four touchdowns and has thrown for 46 scoring strikes and only six interceptions on the season. Since the loss to Texas, he has 23 touchdowns to just one interception. He will most likely get his chance to play in the BCS Championship.

Ahead: vs. Missouri – A third straight marquee game for Bradford to sway voters.

Tim Tebow does not have the numbers to match McCoy and Bradford (or Harrell), but is the only one with a National Championship. Tebow faces number one Alabama and one of the nation’s best defenses with a trip to the BCS Championship on the line. He is just as valuable to Florida as McCoy is to Texas and unlike the Big 12’s big three, he owns his region. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner destroyed in-state rival Florida State by completing 12-of-21 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 80 yards and a score as the Gators rolled to a 45-15 win. Tebow is not having the record setting campaign he did a year ago, but could actually be a more completely player in 2008

Ahead: vs. Alabama – He joins Bradford, as the two Heisman frontrunners with one more chance to campaign in front of the electorate. A big game versus the vaunted Tide defense could provide Tebow with a major boost.

Graham Harrell- showed what leaders are made of when he led Texas Tech to victory while playing with nine separate breaks in the first two fingers in his left hand. Harrell completed 41 of 50 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. He has thrown for a ridiculous 4,747 yards and 41 touchdowns on the season.

Ahead: TBD

Heisman Watch Prediction

1. Colt McCoy
2. Sam Bradford
3. Tim Tebow
4. Graham Harrell
5. Shonn Greene
6. Michael Crabtree

Photo Credit: College Press Box (Texas)