So you’re saying there’s a chance…
This is one of my favorite “Dumb and Dumber” lines when Jim Carrey thinks he has a 1 in a million chance to get the girl. This was the case for Kyler Murray before last Saturday’s game. With his performance in the OU/Texas game his Heisman Trophy stock has risen dramatically. At the same time the horses are not in the barn just yet. Here is why I say this.
While the ESPN sports writers have Kyler on top at this point, I can assume that all of those guys saw Saturday’s games. Even then, the margin is only two first place votes versus two second place votes for a margin of 46 to 44. That is cutting this deal pretty close given the fact that we can reasonably assume all ten of these guys know what they are talking about.
My concern is that a certain percentage of the 870 Heisman voters will have turned in their Heisman ballots prior to Championship Saturday. Sounds horribly irresponsible for this to be the case, but I suspect that the Heisman committee is not watching this process as closely as we are. For those voters who missed the OU/Texas and Alabama/Georgia games they missed the defining moment of this year’s Heisman race.
Tua looked like a guy being pressed by the competition. Kyler looked like the guy who relishes playing against the big boys. His touchdown passes to CeeDee Lamb and Grant Calcaterra were off the charts good. Of course his passing was matched only by his ability to use his feet to avoid tacklers. And of course as OU fans know, he has played this way all year.
I think Kyler has a great chance of making history on Saturday and OU football has a great chance of doing the same. OU will be the first team in college football history to have back to back Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks. I know that Army won the Heisman two years in a row back in the 40’s, but we are talking the quarterback position here.
At the same time, don’t be surprised for reasons stated above that Kyler does not win the honor. As someone said, stupidity cannot be cured and voting before all the games are played would quality for that award.
Regardless of what happens on Saturday night the Kyler Murray story will still go down as one of the greatest of all time. The guy delays his professional baseball career a year in order to play for the Sooners in football. Can you imagine Trae Young doing this…not a chance. Kyler is a different animal and Oklahoma fans should appreciate this fact.
Pray for Sooner Magic on Saturday night…but regardless of what happens, Kyler Murray is a special breed of kid who deserves our eternal gratitude.