Friday, September 28, 2007

10 Heismandments, Part II

Yesterday, we analyzed how the first half of the 10 Heismandments apply to #12. Today, we'll take a look at Heismandments 6-10:

6) The winner cannot be considered an obvious product of his system.

There is no denying the fact that Matt Ryan's stats are a result of Steve Logan's offense. However, Ryan is not solely the product of a system. He is seen by many as a Top-10 pick in next year's NFL Draft so it is clear that people have looked beyond the system. If anything, this could work in Ryan's favor. The QB with gaudy numbers who has the best chance to go undefeated is Colt Brennan. It Helps #12's Heisman chances if Brennan is seen as a product of a June Jones offense. Check.

7) If you are a quarterback, running back or multi-purpose athlete at one of the following schools, you have a good chance to win if you have a very good statistical season, are an upperclassmen and your team wins at least 9 games: Notre Dame, USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Miami and Florida State.

None of the above.

8) There are statistical benchmarks for each position in order to be considered:
b. If you are a passing quarterback on a traditional power or national title contender, you need to pass for at least 3,000 yards and must have at least a 2-1 touchdown to interception ratio, with at least 20 TD passes and an efficiency rating of at least 135.0.

Again, only the national title contender could apply to BC here. As for the stats, 3,000 yards, 20+ TDs and an efficiency rating of 135.0+ all seem likely. As of right now, the TD/INT ratio is 2-1 so it's good enough to get Ryan into the debate. With the low INT numbers of some other top quarterbacks, we am not sure it's good enough to win the HT. Check, for now.

9) There will never be another two-time Heisman winner.

Doesn't apply, check.

10) The winner must be likeable.

Don't take our word for it. Ask The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and WEEI. Check.

What does this all mean? Eight of the ten Heismandments apply to Matt Ryan as of today, one is a maybe and one does not. What that tells us is that he is never going to be the leading candidate, no matter how well he does. But if he keeps up the pace and BC keeps winning, he has a very good shot to be one of three people invited to New York on December 8th.


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