Sorry, Jordan Lynch fans, but Jameis Winston deserves to win the Heisman… (Getty Images )
All right, Northern Illinois fans, it's time to stop drinking the Jordan Lynch Kool-Aid.
Yes, the kid is having an amazing season. Yes, he is the best quarterback (if not player) to put on a Huskies uniform. Yes, he should be in the conversation as a Heisman finalist.
But unfortunately, he will not, and should not, win the award.
I've loved watching Lynch play this season. He's doing things I've never seen a quarterback do in college. But it's not always about records and stats, especially when your university has the 33rd-easiest schedule among FBS schools.
If it were all about numbers, former quarterbacks such as B.J. Symons, Graham Harrell and Case Keenum would have finished their record-breaking seasons holding the bronze statue. Not to mention every Hawaii quarterback who tore up the record books while playing for June Jones and Greg McMarckin.
But it's not.
So let me end this debate right now.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston should win the award. No one can argue against what he has done this season.
While Lynch rushed for 321 yards against Western Michigan and it's 118th-ranked run defense (yes, you read that correctly), Winston has taken down two top-10 teams and another ranked in the top 25 this season.
Winston has the nation's top passing efficiency rating (192.6), he's scored 38 touchdowns and has averaged 302 yards passing. Though the 'Noles have just the 42nd-toughest schedule, you look at those numbers, compare them to the teams NIU has played, and Lynch's 43 scores and 351 yards per game just aren't as impressive.
If you insist on arguing that Lynch deserves the Heisman, let me throw another name at you: Boston College running back Andrew Williams. He somehow has flown under the radar while becoming just the 16th player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.
He's constantly beat teams who have stacked eight and nine players in the box while crushing some of the best run defenses in the league.
Seven of the Eagles' 11 games this season have been against top-50 run defenses. He averaged 131.3 yards (5.16 yards per carry) and scored six touchdowns in those games.
It's been a good run for Lynch. He's done enough to earn a fourth-, maybe third-place finish in this year's Heisman race. But if he leaves New York on Dec. 14 with that trophy, it'll be the biggest disappointment in college football since the Leaders and Legends divisions were formed.
Jay St. Pierre is a RedEye designer and college football fanatic.
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