08 December 2016

Who will win the Heisman Trophy for 2016?

Come Saturday night, the eyes of the sporting world will be on the PlayStation Theatre in Times Square as the Heisman Trust announces the 2016 recipient of the Heisman Trophy. Five athletes are finalists this year, including one defensive player and two players from the same team. So in the end, who will be striking the pose this year?

Perhaps the better question is whether there is any chance that Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson does not come away with the trophy on Saturday. I understand that his Cardinals lost their last two games down the stretch, and he played particularly poorly in the Thursday night loss to Houston, and you could make the case that his eye-popping numbers he compiled in September was against weak competition. But all of that in mind, I don't have much of a doubt that he has been the best player in college football this season. He is only the only player in the history of FBS to throw for over 3,300 yards while also rushing for over 1,500 yards and he cranked out 51 touchdowns for the season

Of course, you could make cases for the other finalists with the one perhaps in the best position to upset Jackson is Clemson's quarterback Deshaun Watson. After all, he was brilliant yet again this season as he led the Tigers to a second-straight ACC title as well as another berth in the College Football Playoff. He was great down the stretch, he put up sterling numbers and he ever beat Jackson and his Cardinals head-to-head in Death Valley back on October 1st.

Speaking of closing strong, the Oklahoma Sooners closed the season as one of the hottest teams in football and the combination of quarterback Baker Mayfield and wideout Dede Westbrook is perhaps the biggest reason why. Mayfield ended up as the most efficient statistically in the country as qwell as the most accurate while Westbrook was able to shake off a slow start but putting up over 100 receiving yards in eight of his last nine games.

And we all know its ridiculous that it has become so tough for defensive players to win this award but I was surprised to see Peppers in the mix as a finalist. Yes, he is a tremendous athlete and has made an impact on both side of the ball but even then, his numbers aren't even that amazing.

But in the end, let's be honest: I think we all would be surprised if Jackson is not the Heisman Trophy winner for 2016.

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