Richardson Predicted to Finish Third in Heisman Race – We Will See

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If you believe the straw polls that have been conducted the last few days by Heisman websites, Trent Richardson will not win the Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III of Baylor will win.

The Birmingham News broke down the poll like this:

This time, Griffin received eight first-place votes and 32 points. He appeared on 12 ballots.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck received four first-place votes and 23 points. He appeared on 11 ballots.

Richardson was a distant third with one first-place vote and 10 points. He appeared on six ballots.

Many experts feel what has hurt Richardson and Luck is that neither of the two played the last weekend of the season unlike Griffin. Another factor could be the backlash of Bama making it to the BCS Championship which could hurt Richardson’s chances.

There is so much dislike of Bama making the BCS Championship Game; I can see voters voting for Luck or Griffin just to get back so to speak at Bama. But the main reason may be is Trent wasn’t playing the last weekend of the season.

What sealed Mark Ingram’s Heisman back in 2009 was the Florida game in the SEC Championship. He had the stage to himself that Saturday evening and his solid performance against the Gators (not to mention Colt McCoy’s poor performance in the Big 12 Championship) probably won the Heisman for Ingram.

But you have to wonder despite Richardson’s efforts this season including being named the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year, if that it was all forgotten after this past Saturday.

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