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The Heisman Hangover

14heismanxlarge4Sam Bradford pulled out the Heisman win in what was one of the closest races in the voting results and minds of college football fans.

While there are plenty arguments that can be made for Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy, gaudy numbers and an offense that set an all-time scoring record won Bradford the award. I mean, come on, how can you argue with 48 touchdowns, a 186.3 passer rating and 4,464 total passing yards, all earned while directing a no-huddle offense.

Bradford gained 1,726 total votes, and was only the third player to win the Heisman without receiving the most first-place votes. That distinction belonged to Florida’s Tebow, who had the opportunity to join Archie Griffin as only the second player to earn back-to-back Heisman awards. He instead finished third in total voting with 1,575. McCoy gained 1,640 votes, and is the only player of the three to be left out of the national championship. The highly-publicized snubbing of Texas in the Big 12 South three-way tie between Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech was to blame for that.

Although Bradford came out the victor on Saturday night, he has a Jan. 8 date with Tebow, where they will face off for the most coveted award of the year — a national championship.

Winning the Heisman has been an indication of a national-title or bowl-game loss in past years, as shown by Troy Smith in the BCS Championship, Jason White in the Sugar Bowl and Eric Crouch in the Rose Bowl. Each was blown out in their final game of the season, which may not be a great precedence for Bradford to follow.

When asked in weeks leading up to the Heisman presentation, both Tebow and Bradford exclaimed that a national title was atop their list of desirable awards. Come January, we’ll see if Tebow will live up to that riveting speech following the Gators’ loss at Ole Miss, or if Bradford will break a time-honored tradition of being trounced in a bowl game following a Heisman win.

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Upsets are bigger in Texas

Just like a host of No.1s before them, Texas couldn’t stay undefeated and lost to Texas Tech 33-39. The Tech win was followed by a flurry of fans that rushed the field in Lubbock, Texas.

Graham Harrell, Michael Crabtree and a stable of wide receivers lit the Longhorns defense up for 474 yards. Texas Tech simply outsmarted the Texas defense with a bevy of offensive looks and an evasive Harrell, who found receivers coming back to the ball all night.

The game got ugly, early as the Red Raiders went up 19-0 in the 2nd quarter. Through sheer will, Colt McCoy was able to mount a comeback with a stagnant offense full of wide receivers that dropped balls, a bad offensive line and no running game.

McCoy managed to get his team a 33-32 lead at the end of the game, but Texas Tech did what it had all game — march down the field for an easy score. They finished the game with a 28 yard pass and catch by the two players that ruled the day. The Graham-Crabtree connection was the last touchdown of the contest that ended with a score of 33-39.

Texas’ loss opened the floodgates for a number of teams to step in as the new No. 1. Big Ten surprise studs Penn State, who downed Ohio State last Saturday, seem to be on the fast track to No.1, as Jo Pa’ No.3 ranked Nittany Lions are a perfect 9-0. No. 2 Alabama is probably next in line for the spot.

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