Honey Badger for Heisman

Updated: October 11, 2011, 12:52 PM ET
By Ryan McGee

Actually, the Honey Badger do … I mean, does care.

Two issues ago, I wrote in ESPN The Magazine about Virginia Tech's David Wilson and his incredibly lofty set of personal goals that he keeps taped up in his locker. But as pie-in-the-sky as Wilson's list was, it didn't include one target that LSU's Tyrann Mathieu has had his eye on since the 2011 preseason.

"Absolutely I want to win the Heisman Trophy," he said late last week before his six-tackle, one-interception performance against Florida. "People ask me all the time: Aren't you afraid of all the Heisman hype that's building? I'm not afraid of it at all. I take it as a big compliment, and honestly, it was a goal of mine to be in all that Heisman talk."

One year ago it was teammate Patrick Peterson, whose number Mathieu now wears, who was trying to build his Heisman case from the defensive backfield. Despite a midseason push by LSU, he failed to crack the top 10 in voting. But there's no doubt that Peterson's success, combined with the YouTube sensation that is the Honey Badger, has Mathieu making a move into the national Heisman psyche.

But what are his chances of actually winning? So glad you asked.

Why he'll win