Something that college football fans have gotten used to in recent years is seeing the annual LSU-Alabama game prove to be one of the season’s most important games. This is usually because a berth in the SEC championship game is at stake. While that may also be true again this season, there is even more on the line this time.
When LSU travels to Alabama in two weeks the Heisman Trophy could be decided as well.
For quite some time, it looked like LSU running back Leonard Fournette might not have a serious challenger for the award. Fournette started the season by producing more than 200 yards rushing in three of the season’s first four games. Equalling him for the award seemed about as likely as tackling him on the field.
Things have changed somewhat recently.
A host of players are beginning to make cases for themselves, and perhaps none have done it more convincingly than Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry. The Crimson Tide is once again a contender for the College Football Playoff and Henry’s 14 touchdowns are a significant reason why. As Alabama rises in the polls, Henry’s stock is likely rising with Heisman voters.
So if the upcoming game between LSU and Alabama wasn’t the subject of enough hype already, add the Heisman subplot to the list of story lines.
The award is still anyone’s to win, and there is no better way to earn it than with a huge performance in an anticipated game. On Saturday, Nov. 7, both Fournette and Henry will have their chance.