Leonard Fournette has been the runaway favorite to win the Heisman all season. Mostly because he has spent all season running away from opposing defenses. Yet in order to hoist the trophy in New York City later this winter, Fournette still needs some help.
So here are the four things that need to happen for Leonard Fournette to win the Heisman trophy:
LSU beats Alabama and goes on to win the SEC
This is an obvious necessity. Only two running backs in the last 15 years have won the Heisman Trophy, Reggie Bush from Southern California (the award was later vacated) and Mark Ingram from Alabama. Both Bush and Ingram played on conference championship teams, and both played in the BCS title game. In other words, team success is a virtual requirement for a running back to be considered for the award.
Someone beats Baylor and TCU
Reading stat lines from Big 12 box scores is like trying to interpret the exchange rate for some far-off country: It’s almost impossible to make sense of the numbers. It stands to reason then that the prolific seasons by Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman and TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin have gotten the attention of plenty of Heisman voters. In order for Fournette’s status as the leading Heisman contender to be safe, it would be best if neither Baylor nor TCU remains undefeated.
Clemson loses to Florida State
The Heisman Trophy has been dominated in the modern era by quarterbacks. The best quarterback in the country this year may be Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. Furthermore, Clemson may be the best team in America. If the Tigers knock off the Seminoles this Saturday, Watson would seem to be the clear alternative to Fournette for Heisman voters. Therefore, LSU fans ought to hope Clemson does a little “Clemsoning” this weekend.
Urban Meyer continues to obsess over his quarterbacks
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated over the weekend, and Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer surprised many by only suspending Barrett for one game. While this may be the weakest form of justice since Rosco P. Coltrane was sheriff of Hazzard County, it is not the only bad decision Meyer has made in Columbus this year. Meyer’s general fixation on who is playing quarterback has caused him to forget about running back Ezekiel Elliott at times. Elliott’s under-use has hurt his Heisman candidacy and has opened the door even more for Fournette to win the award.
The bottom line: It’s already been a special season for Leonard Fournette, and if a few of the things listed above actually happen, the best could be yet to come.