Even when college football goes to a four-team playoff in 2014, winning will still be held at a higher premium than any other sport.
Hence the reason I weigh winning heavily when evaluating Heisman candidates. A player's team doesn't have to be undefeated, but if it has lost, how did he play?
That's why I didn't put Manziel at the top of my Heisman ballot.
Johnny Football and the Aggies lost two games this season, and his play was a big reason why. In a three-point loss to Florida, he threw for only 173 yards and no touchdowns and ran for 60 yards and one touchdown. In a five-point loss to LSU, he threw for 267 yards but had three interceptions. On the ground, he managed only 27 yards and scored no touchdowns.
In both games, the Texas A&M defense played well enough for the Aggies to win.
Manziel did not.
But because Texas A&M went to Alabama and won, Manziel has become the Heisman front-runner.
What is this, a middle school student council election?
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o received my vote for Heisman, followed by Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein second and Manziel third. I voted Te'o and Klein over Manziel because of what they and their teams did over the course of the entire season, not just one or two games.
Manziel is a fantastic player, and come Saturday evening, he will probably be the Heisman Trophy winner.
That doesn't mean I have to give him my vote.
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