Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Big Ten Heisman Watch: Week 14
By Brian Bennett
I can tell you one group that doesn't think Ohio State's Braxton Miller should be a Heisman Trophy winner: the Big Ten coaches. They voted Miller as the league's second-team All-Big Ten quarterback.
Actual Heisman voters may feel differently, of course. It's pretty clear now that Miller is not going to have any chance of winning the award. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o appear to be the top two candidates, and their seasons have ended. In fact, championship week should have very little bearing on the Heisman race, unless Kansas State's Collin Klein makes one last statement, positively or negatively.
Miller's final performance had its pluses and minuses. He completed 14 of 18 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown last week against Michigan, which came into the game with one of the nation's best pass defenses. But as Wisconsin did the week before, the Wolverines managed to slow down Miller's running game, limiting him to just 57 rushing yards on 20 carries. He also lost a fumble.
But Miller's team won the game, and at the end of the day his best stat is this: 12-0. Some voters may hold his team's probation against him, but you can't deny that the Buckeyes' sophomore is above all else a winner. He won't win the Heisman, but he still stands a shot at getting invited to New York City.
My ESPN.com Heisman Watch ballot for Week 14:
5. Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch