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  11. Ohio State
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The Heismandments

Below is one of the more accurate but never-before-articulated items of analysis I've seen in all of sport.

It is a list of qualifications for the Heisman Trophy---"Heismandments"---as presented by HeismanPundit. I'll gladly save it in the "intelligence" blog category, for future reference.

The Rules (the 10 Heismandments)

Heismanpundit.com has compiled its 10 rules to winning the Heisman--"The 10 Heismandments," if you will. The more Heismandments that apply to a player, the better his chances to win.


1. The winner must be a quarterback, a running back, or a multi-threat athlete.

2. The winner must be a junior or senior.
Caveat: Obviously, though no freshman or sophomore has ever won the award, it is likely that someday someone will. But, it would take an extremely weak field for this to happen. The athlete would almost certainly have to play for a traditional power competing for the national championship and, if a sophomore, have had a breakthrough first season.

3. The winner must put up good numbers in big games on TV.

4. The winner must have some prior name recognition.
The only way to overcome lack of prior name recognition is by producing a season that is head and shoulders above the other challengers.

5. The winner must be one or more of the following three:

a. The top player on a national title contender.

b. A player who puts up good numbers for a traditional power that has a good record.

c. A player who puts up superlative single-season or career numbers on a good team, or numbers which are way out ahead of his Heisman competitors.

6. The winner cannot be considered an obvious product of his team's system.
Call this the Andre Ware rule. Basically, this means that voters are unimpressed by huge stats put up by an individual in offensive systems conducive for huge numbers. Voters at one time were impressed (back when many of these systems were new and in vogue), but most have reached a level of sophistication that they are no longer completely fooled by big numbers alone. They will also look at the how the candidate fared against good teams and if the numbers are lacking, the player will suffer.

7. If you are a quarterback or running back at the following schools, you have a good chance to win if you have a very good statistical season, are an upperclassmen and your team wins at least 9 games:
Notre Dame, USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Miami and Florida State. These 9 teams have won 10 of the last 13 Heismans and six of the last seven.

8. There are statistical benchmarks for each position in order to be considered:

a. If you are a running back, you need to gain at least 2,000 yards if you are not on a traditional power or a national championship contender. This is actually a number that is slowly rising as more backs hit that mark. If you are on a traditional power or national title contender, you must gain at least 1,700 yards. In either case, you also must score at least 17 touchdowns.

b. If you are a passing quarterback on a traditional power or national title contender, you need to pass for at least 3,000 yards and must have at least a 2-1 touchdown to interception ratio, with at least 20 TD passes and an efficiency rating of at least 135.0.

c. If you are a running quarterback on a traditional power or a national title contender, you must reach the 1,000-yard mark rushing in spectacular fashion and also be a decent passer.

d. If you are a multi-threat athlete, you can only win if you produce spectacular plays on special teams, specifically kick and punt returns.

9. There will never be another two-time Heisman winner.

10. The winner must be likeable.


Website Interruptus

Pardon the dust.

I am still transferring many of the links over from CFR's old location.  I am also trying to find ways to creatively and efficiently organize them so as to not occupy the entire side menubar.

I am not quite ready to officially throw off the covers here, but that day is nearing.  In the meantime enjoy the ability to witness a great website come together before your eyes!

Please book mark CFR.  If you are a college football fan there is no reason not to make use of what is offered here.  I am looking into having some very interesting and informative guests blog on here, that may or may not happen, but either way There will be plenty to read and look at in the coming days, weeks, months and hopefully years.


Greatness and Champions

Driving to work this morning, I overheard a sports radio personality (someone I hadn't listened to before, so the name escapes me, sorry) talking about Sunday's New England/Indianapolis game in the NFL.  He was talking about the similarities between the Patriots and the Chicago Bulls and specifically how the Bulls were such a roadshow in the 1990's.

Despite all their success, they had a huge edge in tough games.  They played loose, yet with a chip on their shoulders as if they were the underdogs.  I tend to agree.  There is just something different about a dynasty-type championship team---one that can keep it together for an extended period of time.

Clearly the New England Patriots have that champions' edge.  They have unbelievable coaching, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and employ a heady, always-doing-something offensive leader by the name of Tom Brady.  I knew going into the game that the media generated concerns about their "depleted" secondary were overblown and would not be a deciding factor in the game.

New England is one of the most structurally sound teams around.  They bring in the right players for their system, are incredibly disciplined on the field, and have stars at key spots such as defensive end, tailback and quarterback.  Their coach also happens to be a football genius.

This doesn't mean they're unbeatable.  In fact, Tom Brady said on an interview before the game that the entire team knows they can be beaten on any given day.  They approach each game fully aware of their mortality, yet have a swagger that defies their sense of reality.  It works.  They simply take their best shot each time out and have the utmost faith in what they are doing.

What does this have to do with college football, you ask?  Well, I see the same psychological, coaching and structural ingredients brewing in a cardinal and gold cauldron just a few miles east of the Pacific Ocean, at USC.  Their coach is Pete Carroll---like Bellicheck, a defensive mastermind.  They have rode two savvy quarterbacks to success in Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart (perhaps the best college or pro comparison to Tom Brady).  They have a striking confidence yet keep themselves under wraps before the press.

You could see something brewing the week of the Orange Bowl with USC.  They were a bit quiet, almost edgy with the press in the days leading up to the game.  Yet once they hit the field, Pete Carroll was smiling, a bit goofy looking, but you could see that the game was his big stage.  The players didn't look overconfident, or worried.  Simply ready.  Just another game.  I saw that yesterday with New England, from the first snap to the last.  I saw it over an eight year period with the Chicago Bulls.  I don't know how to fully describe it, but once you've seen it you know---they've got it.

This season should be an interesting one for the Trojans.  They may not win every game, but I think they know they're the best team in college football whether a championship happens or not.  There's just something to them, that you know they'll be back the year after and the one after that until complacency sets in, or a scandal, or injuries, whatever it is that breaks up great teams.  And it will happen.  But not yet.  In the meantime, the Trojans are college football's answer to the New England Patriots and Chicago Bulls.

It's an impressive effort in this era of parity.



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I don't have a lot to say right now, I am busy learning the squarespace software that is the backbone of CFR.  I will get to updating my extensive list of links and posting more on the blog as the days roll along here.

Needless to say I'm excited to have gotten this far.  Squarespace is a major step-up from Blogger in terms of helping me make my vision of CFR a reality.  I registered the domain in November, and only now have I found a software platform that accomodates my goals.

It's getting late, so good night for now.  Plenty more to come!

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