Where's the fun, anyway? I just finished filling out my Heisman ballot, and per the Heisman Trust, I'm not supposed to go mouthing off to you about my picks. Guess those folks are buckling down on the blabbermouths (it's all about nabbing the most viewers on Heisman night). The problem this year is that the winner is pretty much already sealed. If the kid from Texas A&M doesn't win the thing, something's wrong with (dare I say the word) the process.
Of course I'm still not telling you for whom I voted, but I can say that after looking over the statistics of the major Heisman candidates, I got to thinking about offense. While we usually think "defense" when it comes to the SEC, I have a feeling we will see some good offense this weekend in Atlanta. Yes, Alabama is ranked #1 in the SEC in scoring defense while Georgia is #3, but it's those two offenses led by a pair of talented quarterbacks that have grabbed my attention.
A look over the SEC statistics shows you how dominating QB's AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray have been for their respective teams. Take a look:
Passing Efficiency: #1 McCarron (167.8) #2 Murray (160.7)
Total Offense: #2 Georgia (439 ypg) #3 Alabama (434 ypg)
Scoring Offense: #2 Alabama (37.9 ppg) #3 Georgia (33.5 ppg)
In fact, McCarron and Murray are ranked #1 an d #2 in the NATION in pass efficiency. Murray is one of the nation's leaders in Points Responsible For Team with 17.7 ppg, and is ranked 4th in the nation in total offense. And SEC rushing? Georgia's Gurley is #1 at 95 ypg while Bama's Lacy is #2 at 91 ypg.
What team do I like Saturday? I don't pretend to have any secret knowledge of game plans or hidden injuries, but here's a hunch: Georgia freshman kicker Marshall Morgan has missed four PAT's this season, while Bama's Jeremy Shelley is a perfect 39-of-39. I tend to like a team's chances when they have either a senior quarterback or a quarterback who has been tested and succeeded in big games (McCarron). So take all of those "Georgia chokes in big games" thoughts out of your head, and go with the veteran, proven, "been-there-done-that" kicker in Shelley.
About 6:30 on Saturday night, UGA kicker Marshall Morgan will miss a PAT or a makeable field goal that would have given his team the lead. In the end, Bama wins by a foot, 28-27 because of a bad Bulldog foot. Now, back my pick for the Heisman...