Heisman Trophy Predictions and Poll: RG3, Luck, Ball, Trent…or the Honey Badger?

What do you get when you mix in a little Luck with an RG3 and a Honey Badger while having a Ball with a guy named Trent?

The Heisman Trophy finalists of 2011.

With the Heisman voting upon us and the winner to be announced Saturday night at the Downtown Athletic Club in Lower Manhattan, let’s take a look at the five worthy candidates who will be in New York, plus the snub of a player with better numbers than his collegiate predecessors who actually won the Heisman trophy.

2011 Heisman Trophy Finalists

Robert Griffin lll, alias RG3

What this guy has done this year has been Star Wars amazing, leading his Baylor Bears to an impressive 9-3 record. The junior QB threw 36 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions, ran for 9 more TDs, passed for 3,998 yards and ran for another 644 yards.

Wow!

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A boost for Griffin is that he came up with big games late in the season against Big 12 powerhouses Oklahoma (4 TDs, 479 yards passing) and Texas (4 TDs, 2 passing, 2 rushing, 320 yards passing).

Currently RG3 is the odds on favorite to win the Heisman, as evidenced by his huge lead at Heisman-predicting StiffArmTrophy.com.

Andrew Luck

The early favorite at the beginning of the season, Luck posted gaudy numbers with 35 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and 3,170 yards. His two biggest deterrents from winning this year are losing in the big game versus Oregon and that loss preventing him from playing in the first ever Pac-12 championship game.

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If Luck had beaten Oregon and shined in the conference title game, he wins.  Didn’t happen.

Trent Richardson

The Alabama RB had a terrific season and will be an impact NFL player. With 23 touchdowns, 1,583 rushing yards, and some incredible, eye-popping plays late in the season, Richardson vaulted up in the Heisman race.

However, these stats are not the kind that will spring him to the Heisman trophy, despite the impact he has made with a possible Crimson Tide BCS title team.

Montee Ball

For sheer numbers, this Wisconsin RB should be the favorite to win the Heisman trophy.

His 38 touchdowns (32 rushing, 6 receiving), and 1,759 rushing yards led Wisconsin to the inaugural Big 10 Championship Game. His 4-TD performance in the Badgers’ win versus. the Spartans further added to his Heisman appeal.

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Anyone within one touchdown of Oklahoma State legend Barry Sanders’ record 39 touchdowns should be #1 or #2 in the voting, but a lack of support among the voters, and perhaps being somewhat overshadowed by QB Russell Wilson, will prevent Ball from getting the trophy.

Tyrann Mathieu

A difference maker in the LSU defensive backfield (71 tackles, 6 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions) and a game-changing knack for turning games around with his punt return ability, the “Honey Badger” and his explosive skills helped LSU to a #1 ranking and a match up in the BCS title game vs. Alabama. His four total TDs (2 punt returns, 2 fumble returns) add to his Heisman resume.

While this sophomore cornerback won’t win the Heisman Trophy this year, he has electrified the college football world.

And now onto this year’s biggest snub…

Matt Barkley

The USC quarterback was the most glaring snub for the five finalists, perhaps due in part to the NCAA sanctions imposed on USC this season.

Barkley not only had more touchdowns (39) than Luck (35) and fewer interceptions (7 and 9), but he also threw for more touchdowns than former USC Heisman winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. As Stu (Ed Helms) in The Hangover ll said, “What is going on here?”

Plus, the Trojans finished the year as the hottest team in college football, ranked #5 in the Ap final poll with a record of 10-2, including a win at Oregon.

2011 Heisman Trophy Prediction

When the final votes are cast, it will be a Baylor Bear as your 2011 Heisman Award winner.

Here is the predicted order:

  1. Griffin
  2. Luck
  3. Richardson
  4. Ball
  5. Mathieu

For 2012, perhaps Matt Barkley will stay at USC and contend for the Heisman Award along with a National Title.

But most importantly, what do you think?

Who gets your Heisman Trophy vote for 2011?

  • Robert Griffin III (45%, 385 Votes)
  • Andrew Luck (10%, 88 Votes)
  • Trent Richardson (22%, 189 Votes)
  • Montee Ball (10%, 82 Votes)
  • Tyrann Mathieu (13%, 111 Votes)
  • Matt Barkley (you'd vote for him if you could) (1%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 863

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About Jim McGrew

A lifelong Chicago sports fan, Jim enjoys playing, writing about and watching sports. He can be reached at jpmsport@yahoo.com or on twitter at @MySports1.
Jim lives in the Chicago area and is married with 2 children.

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