By mark rogers
October 20, 2009

As a so-called "Heisman Expert", I feel that I have a pretty good understanding of college football's annual premier award.

I know every Heisman Trophy winner by heart and am working on the notable runners-up.

And in my opinion, if the season were to end today, there would be three young men invited to the DAC in NYC: Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow and Mark Ingram.

After watching ESPN's 67-hour long Heisman Trophy awards show and listening to Kirk Herbstreit awkwardly interview each finalist ten times...

...the award goes to??

Alabama RB Mark Ingram.

Well, that's in my delusional world of sanity.

In reality, the voters would probably vote for Tim Tebow because he's had such a brilliant career. Arguably the best in college football history.

And he overcame that concussion to lead his team to a road win at LSU. Not an easy task.

However, at this point of the year, the best player in college football has been Mark Ingram.

First of all, great name.

Second of all, he has played the best when it's mattered most.

150 yards at Virginia Tech to open the year. Huge.

140 and 172 yard in back-to-back road SEC games against Kentucky and Ole Miss.

And most notably, the incredible 246 yards against South Carolina...when the Gamecocks knew what Bama was doing.

In what could possibly be the "Heisman moment" for Ingram, he took direct snap after direct snap late in a one-possession game, gasping for breath on an injured knee and absolutely ran over a very strong South Carolina defense to seal the win for the #1 ranked Crimson Tide.

Not saying I don't want Colt to win, but Ingram has impressed me from week 1. Nobody with more than 135 carries is averaging more yards per tote than Ingram. Plus he has eight rushing TDs and three receiving.

Tebow has had another strong year. He's in the top 5 in QB rating and only five QBs in the FBS have a higher yards/attempt number (I like that stat - measures efficiency).

Plus he's won the award and has two national championships under his belt. That's a lot to consider.

McCoy has not been himself when you look at QB rating...he's ranked somewhere in the 40s. But he's right up there in accuracy, hovering around 70%.

More importantly, he led Texas to a close win against Oklahoma. But that win may not get as much national credit as it deserves since Sam Bradford went down early and McCoy's numbers were less than stellar. But it really doesn't matter what McCoy's numbers were - he won the game. Period.

Colt will have another chance at a "Heisman moment" in the final six weeks...four of those games are on the road. At Missouri, at Oklahoma State, at Baylor and at A&M (on four days rest).

Texas has only played one true road game this year...at Wyoming. So the test for UT has just begun.

So as of today I think Ingram would win.

But that's why they don't give the award out mid-season. We still have a lot of ball left to play.

Unless the sun explodes, Bama and UF will play in the SEC Title game.

And Texas at Oklahoma State could end up being the Big 12 South championship. OSU is not an easy win...especially on the road. Who does the South champ play in the Big 12 Title game?? You got me...it's completely wide open.

A team with three losses is leading the division. Missouri is 0-2. Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado are tied for second. Not a strong division. Not consistent either...Colorado loses to Colorado State and Toledo, then beats Kansas.

Nebraska should have beat Virginia Tech on the road, did beat a ranked Missouri team on the road, then loses to Texas Tech at home.

I could go on and on. In conclusion, the Big 12 North is completely unpredictable.

Texas and Florida are the easy picks to play in the National Title game...today.

But on this day, October 20, 2009, I'm saying that I would not be shocked if it weren't those two teams bashing heads at the end of the year. In fact, if I were a betting man, I wouldn't put a dime on a UT/Florida Title game.

Remember...41-point dog Stanford beat USC two years ago.
UTEP beat Houston.
Washington beat USC.
Boise State beat OU.
West Virginia beat OU.
BYU beat OU.
Miami beat OU.
TCU beat OU.
Ok...sorry OU...got a little out of control.

Anyway, all I'm saying is that in the Heisman race...in the national title race...anything can happen.

And I bet it will.


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Mark Perkins on October 20, 2009 10:36 PM

You must know a man named Mike Shanks. Sounds like you've been drinking the cool aide!

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