Why a Heisman Would Solidify OSU's Season As a Success
As I write this article, we are three weeks into the madness that is college football, a sport that arguably contains more drama than Hamlet and Othello combined. In essence, the entire season is a playoff, a loss usually ending a team’s chance of winning the national championship and two losses solidifying that. What is there for an undefeated team that has no chance to play for the championship, though? Sanctioned teams like Ohio State, no matter how impressive they look throughout the season, cannot win the BCS championship (although they can technically win the AP national championship).
First and foremost, there is still the pride of winning for the program– OSU boasts a proud football history, so bowl or no bowl, expectations to win are still high. There are still a handful of ways for this season to be considered a success. The obvious way is for the Bucks to finish a perfect 12-0. There is also the coveted Heisman trophy, an award given annually. According to www.heisman.com, “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” While players are quick to dismiss the award, usually stating that they are focused on the team, more often than not the award is presented to a player whose team has had quite a successful season. Therefore, if Braxton Miller, quarterback for Ohio State and strong candidate for the award, were to win the Heisman, this would be considered one of the more historic seasons of Buckeye football.
Miller is largely responsible for Ohio State’s 3-0 record, having accounted for 12 touchdowns already, 7 passing and 5 rushing. In the first game against Miami (OH) he set the Ohio State rushing record for a quarterback with 161 yards. Then, against both UCF and California, two games that were arguably closer than they should have been but were victories nonetheless, Miller accounted for all 9 touchdowns that were scored over the course of the two games. In fact, he’s accounted for 12 of the team’s 17 touchdowns on the year (16 of which are offensive).
So not only is his team 3-0 (and a team’s record is a strong component of determining the Heisman winner) but he is undoubtedly the main reason for this record. He has been the sole bright spot on a team that has struggled with opponents it should have tossed to the side with no more effort than Goliath should have David… however, the David’s almost won in two of the three games!
Don’t get me wrong: the field is very strong this season, so for a player to be voted a finalist for the award this year is quite an honor. However, at this point, no player means more to his team and is more deserving of the Heisman than Braxton Miller.