The Most Overrated Thing Was …
The 2021 Heisman race. If there is one, it took a big hit last weekend.
There are certain arguments I know I’ll never win – at least with a few people – and I’ve learned to be okay with it.
Cilantro is evil, The Wire is instant memory-dump boredom – NOTHING HAPPENS – and I’m not even starting with my unwavering belief that Norman Dale is the most overrated coach in the history of cinema and/or real life.
I’m dead-on right on this one.
We should vote for the Heisman after the bowl games instead of before.
I’m always shocked at how many normally brilliant people want to take the history test before reading the final few chapters to find out how the war ended. I’m also always shocked at how freaking mad the anti-full season crowd is at the idea.
This year, though, I’m going from this being a polite suggestion – let’s just call it the Vince Young pivot – to outright demanding it. And why?
There’s NO ONE to vote for in the 2021 Heisman race, and I’m absolutely certain that our votes will look ridiculous after the bowl games and College Football Playoff are over.
We went into this week with Alabama QB Bryce Young as the presumptive favorite, only because there’s absolutely no one else on the radar. He was good against Texas A&M – 369 yards and three touchdowns with one pick – but his team lost.
Part of the whole Heisman thing is being able to come through in the clutch when everyone is watching. Fair or not in this beauty contest, that didn’t happen.
Again, though, it still might be his to lose. Who else is there?
Matt Corral? The stats are great, the hair is fabulous, and Katy Perry likes the Ole Miss quarterback for the Heisman, but he didn’t lead the way to a win over Alabama. As we found out, the former No. 1 team was beatable.
Again, as a quarterback, you should win your biggest game if you’re the signature player of a college football season.
Bijan Robinson? Talent-wise, yeah, but the 137 yards and one touchdown against Oklahoma were like a statistical spitball at a battleship. The star Texas running back was overshadowed by Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams. Throw in the 69-yard day in the loss to Arkansas, and it’s not happening.
Spencer Rattler? If social media is having an in-game argument about where you should transfer to, you’re probably not going to win the Heisman.
Desmond Ridder? I know weren’t not supposed to Group of Five-shame, but the Cincinnati quarterback was terrific-not-Heisman-amazing in the only decent games on the team’s schedule. He failed to hit 60% of his passes in the wins over Indiana and Notre Dame.
CJ Stroud? The Ohio State quarterback has been phenomenal over the last few weeks, but his team lost the game it had to have – even though he threw for 484 yards and three scores against Oregon.
TreVyeon Henderson? I’ll buy talent-wise, but the superstar freshman Buckeye running back only ran for 54 yards against the Ducks, and the big all-around numbers aren’t there.
North Carolina QB Sam Howell? The Heisman campaign basically ended when Enter Sandman started playing in the opener at Virginia Tech.
Clemson QB DJ Uiagalelei? Done, and just when everyone was finally starting to figure out how to pronounce his name.
These things always work out, and someone will rise up and take over the lead when the November games start to add to the intensity, but …
Really. If we can vote right after the confetti starts flying in Indianapolis, it’ll be okay.
And we’ll get it right.
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