The Heisman Trophy is awarded every year to the most outstanding player in NCAA Football and the winner is voted by sports journalists, previous Heisman winners, and fans. In a sense, betting the Heisman represents a futures bet since an individual must place a wager for an event to be decided at a later date. In order to pick a winner for the Heisman Trophy, quarterbacks must be accounted for due to the fact that they are able to impact a game at a much higher level than other positions – the other position represented is running backs. Here are four things to keep in mind when betting the Heisman.
1. Player Statistics
As with any individual accolade, it is important to take into account the statistics of a player. When a player is impactful, it tends to also show up in box scores, which are in turn reflected in the player’s statistics. When analyzing player statistics, the numbers should be compared against other players at the same position and ranked against other elite players. If a player is leading in every major statistical category, you can almost be sure that he will be a shoo-in for the Heisman Trophy winner – unless he plays a position other than the quarterback or running back.
2. How The Player’s Team Is Doing
While individual statistics paint an accurate picture of a player’s skills, a player’s ability to help his team win is also a critical consideration for the Heisman Trophy. To be named the most outstanding player in NCAA Football, it is not enough to simply fill up the box score – a player must be able to translate his box score statistics into team wins. Otherwise, players will be even more encouraged to “pad their stats” as opposed to doing the small things to help their team win. Although Heisman Trophy winners have been on a relatively bad team, the team’s success will play a major factor in the eyes of Heisman voters.
3. No Bad Weeks Or Limited Bad Weeks
A Heisman Trophy winner must be able to consistently perform at a high level. This means that candidates for the Heisman must be able to limit the amount of bad weeks – weeks where a player is underperforming, performing at a low level, or costs the team a win due to an absurdly poor play or decision making. If a player has several bad weeks, it essentially means that other members of the team must be able to pick up the other player’s slack – how can someone win the Heisman Trophy when he is more dependent on his teammates than the other way around during some weeks. By being able to perform on an elite level week after week, a player will be able to make a clear case for being the most outstanding player in NCAA Football.
4. Play And Record Against Elite Competition
Often, it is easy to rack up insane box score statistics and go on never-ending winning streaks against mediocre competition. However, what counts more is being able to do the same against elite competition. Any outstanding player should be able to perform well against mediocre competition. Once the competition becomes elite, things may not go the same way. The Heisman Trophy winner must not only be able to make quick work of lesser competition, he must be able to rise to the occasion and sometimes perform at an even higher level when up against the best teams.