The season is far from over, but ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum has already ruled out LSU tailback Leonard Fournette in the Heisman Trophy race. In fact, Finebaum wasn’t optimistic about Fournette’s chances of even being invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony.
“I don’t think he has any chance and I’m really sad by that,” Finebaum said Monday on College Football Live. “A week and a half ago he was the Heisman favorite. He already had the trophy awarded to him. But two bad games by his team and one really bad game by him at the fault of his offensive line, and I think Leonard Fournette right now is going to struggle to get a trip to New York.”
Fellow ESPN pundit Danny Kanell gave Fournette a slightly better chance of winning the award.
“There’s a slim chance,” Kanell said. “I will say a 3 percent chance … I have huge concerns about LSU. They might lose three in a row against Ole Miss. I think it’s a tough slate to go, but still, it’s not over yet. The Heisman’s isn’t won in October and it’s not won in the beginning of November either. There are still games left to be played.”
Finebaum added that Fournette still has some work to do to even get invited to New York as a finalist. He thought Fournette could be eliminated entirely if the Tigers cannot beat Ole Miss.
“Right now he needs to fight to get to New York,” Finebaum said. “He’s really going the wrong way and I’m not sure they’re going to get past Ole Miss this weekend, and that would pretty much knock him out.”
Fournette’s Heisman odds have decreased dramatically over the past few weeks. Fournette went from 2:1 odds to win the award last week to 9:2 after rushing for just 91 yards and a touchdown against Arkansas last weekend.