All season long I will be posting my rankings of Heisman candidates. I am no “expert”, but this is something to read to get you through your Wednesday so enjoy.
1. Kellen Moore QB Boise State– The Heisman Trophy is often a lifetime achievement award, and Kellen Moore has had arguably the best career of any active college football player. Moore is approaching the career wins record currently held by Colt McCoy. In addition to that record, Moore has consistently put up outstanding numbers. Perhaps the biggest piece to the Heisman equation is getting signature wins. Boise State’s convincing win against Georgia in Atlanta is the biggest reason why Kellen Moore tops the initial Heisman Hump Day rankings. Current Vegas Odds: 15-1
2. Robert Griffin III Quarterback Baylor– RGIII has no real shot to win the Heisman because I can’t see Baylor winning more than 8 games. I don’t think anybody has ever won the Heisman playing for an average football team, but Robert Griffin III is off to as good of a start as anybody in 2011. Baylor’s exciting win against the reigning Rose Bowl Champs TCU put RGIII on the Heisman radar and in the minds of Americans. Griffen III is the closest thing to Michael Vick and is must watch TV. If he can somehow get Baylor to 9 or 10 wins he could be a finalist. Current Odds: 20-1
3. Andrew Luck Quarterback Stanford– Andrew Luck is still the Vegas pick to win the Heisman. Luck is the most gifted pocket quarterback in the country and his team should contend for a conference championship. Luck didn’t do anything wrong in week one to drop in the Hump Day Heisman Rankings, but he didn’t have the signature moments that the two QBs above him had. Luck will be at or near the top of Heisman rankings all year barring an injury or Stanford going in the shitter. Current Odds: 9-2
4. Montee Ball Running Back Wisconsin– Montee Ball lost some weight in the summer and it has made all the difference. The guy looked quick, explosive, and powerful against UNLV in the season opener. Wisconsin could be national championship contender and the presence of new QB Russell Wilson should prevent teams from stacking 9 guys in the box. Perhaps Ball’s biggest obstacle will be his teammate James White. White getting touches could prevent Ball from putting up the numbers he needs to be a Heisman finalist. Montee Ball got the majority of the burn against UNLV. If that ratio of touches stays consistent through the year Ball could be the second Badger to win the Heisman. Current Odds: 80-1
5. Michael Floyd Wide Receiver Notre Dame– One of the few positive aspects of Notre Dame’s loss to USF was the play of Michael Floyd. Floyd had a career high 12 catches and also brought in two TDs. The Irish were not overhyped, they just had a game where everything went wrong. Floyd will be the focus of Tommy Rees going forward for the Irish, and the Senior could put up record numbers. If Notre Dame rebounds, and Floyd keeps racking up numbers like he did on Saturday, then he could very well be a Heisman finalist. Current Odds: 40-1
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28 touchdowns and counting for soon to be 2011 Belitnikoff award winner Michael Floyd. Wake Up The Echoes!!! The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are back in a big way. BCS bound for sure. Wouldn’t shock me one bit if Floyd is a Heisman finalist. All Notre Dame needs to do is find a quarterback.
PS: The South Florida game kind of scares the shit out of me. That team as a ton of athletes and its a program on the rise. ND better come ready to play week one.
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I am calling it now, the National Champ in 2011 will come from a school outside of the SEC. I watched some of the SEC Media Day coverage on ESPNU and I am so tired of everyone kissing the SEC’s ass. Yeah, yeah, yeah you guys won the last five national championships…whatever. That streak ends now. They are still the best conference, but there isn’t a dominant team among them. Auburn lost 99.6 percent of their offense when Newton bolted for the NFL. LSU can’t go undefeated with Jordan Jefferson at QB, and Les Miles easily could have had some of those crazy plays go against him and he would be out of a job. Alabama has QB issues too. Florida is in transition with Will Muschamp and Charlie Weis taking over in Gainseville. South Carolina is good, but Stephen Garcia is basically a functioning derelict at quarterback. Those teams will all beat each other up, paving the way for a new Conference to take home that Glass football(side note: I am a little clumsy and would be scared to death to touch that thing. Good thing I never won a national title…or got a scholarship). Mark my words, the National Championship will be won by one of the following schools”
Wisconsin Badgers: +2500
The Badgers have a tricky game early against Oregon State and then open up their Big10 slate with newcomer, Nebraska. The Badgers also face back-to-back tough road night games in October when they meet Michigan State and Ohio State respectively. Schedule makers didn’t do the defending Big10 Champs any favors, but Russell Wilson gives the Badgers talent at QB like they have never had. If he can acclimate himself to the system quickly, and Wisconsin makes it through October undefeated they will be in great shape to go to the BCS Title Game.
Oklahoma Sooners: +350
The Sooners are the favorite according to most odds makers at +350 to win the National Championship and with good reason. Oklahoma returns both Landry Jones and his favorite target, Ryan Broyles. The Sooners’ biggest challenge will come in week 2 against Florida State. If Oklahoma survives their trip to Tallahassee they won’t have too many more challenges the rest of the way. Oklahoma will battle Texas in Dallas, but the Longhorns are in the midst of rebuilding phase and the Sooners should take care of business. Oklahoma also gets Big12 challenger, Texas A&M at home. If the Sooners are undefeated after week 2, you can pretty much punch their BCS ticket.
Oregon Ducks: +1000
Full disclosure I wouldn’t make this bet in a million years. The Pac-12 is just goofy. I never know quite what is going on over there on the West Coast. The only sure-fire bet in the conference is that if everyone is saying Cal is good, it means they really suck. Oregon’s schedule is sneaky tough. Starting the year off against LSU. Then they end it with @Stanford, USC, and rival Oregon State. Then would have to win the Pac-12 title game. Having said all of that…the Ducks could very well make it back to the title game. Kicking off the year in SEC territory against LSU will be their most difficult challenge. A win against the Tigers and all of our retinas could be burned by those highlighter yellow unis the Ducks rock in the National Title game again.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish: +3000
Ok, hear me out on this one. Notre Dame has tremendous momentum from the end of last season as they head into year 2 of Brian Kelly’s system. Notre Dame has two of their most difficult games at home(Michigan State and USC) and should be favored in every other game with the exception of Stanford in the season finale. The Irish could very well be undefeated when they head to Palo Alto on November 26th. The Irish have depth and experience coming back on both sides of the ball and have a few blue chip recruits who will bolster the pass rush. Floyd will be catching bombs and Te’o will be crushing skulls and breaking wills. Wake up the echoes and watch out for the Irish.
Dark horse Pick…West Virginia+2500…you heard it here first.
PS: On second thought…Alabama is totally winning the National Championship.
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