This was a tough week for Heisman Trophy contenders across the country.
Two have dropped out and a couple more are hanging by a thread. As it stands, only eight players left in America still have a chance of winning the Heisman Trophy. Here are those eight in order of who has the best odds of actually winning:
1. Darren McFadden, Arkansas (1)–McFadden had a fabulous game in a narrow loss to Alabama, rushing for 195 yards on 33 carries and adding a couple rushing touchdowns. He was also 0-for-1 passing and caught 3 passes for 16 yards. Ideally, the Hogs would have won this game to further bolster McFadden’s chances, but he was able to hold serve thanks to his numbers and the fact that the game at least went down to the wire. Also, none of the other Heisman contenders really jumped out on Saturday, so this loss does not hurt McFadden in the short term. Where it could hurt down the road is when voters tally up the Arkansas losses on the season and try to jibe it with McFadden’s production. He came up big in this game and as long as voters see the loss as not his fault, then he shouldn’t be hurt. But the Hogs can’t go 5-7, either. McFadden is the stong leader right now, but at some point, the losses will take a toll.
Season Stats: 346 yards, 6.1 ypc, 3 TDs; 5 rec., 46 yards; 1/2 passing, 42 yards, 1 KOR, 19 yds.