Chase Daniel can still win the Heisman Trophy today.

December 01, 2007 |

The Heisman Trophy ballots are out. Voters can actually send them in now, but they are not due until Wednesday. Why wait for this weekend’s games to end? Because the race is close enough that Missouri QB Chase Daniel can still win this voter’s top slot. If Daniel, who faces off against Oklahoma tonight at 8pm ET, duplicates his performance from last week (49 passing attempts with an 81% completion rate) as his Tiger team beat then undefeated Kansas, he will be the No. 1 guy on my ballot. Daniel has been on fire down the stretch. If you have not seen this kid play, tune in this evening. His passes are so accurate he almost reminds viewers of a Brett Favre in a zone where 20 straight completions are not an impossible concept. He is the best pure passer in college football.

Yes, for now Florida QB Tim Tebow still holds on to the No. 1 spot and Arkansas RB Darren McFadden is not far off the map. Both of their regular seasons are complete. They can only sit back and watch Chase either win it or lose it. Tim Tebow is very deserving of this award with his 51 touchdowns (29 passing, 22 rushing). His passing efficiency is No. 2 in the country (behind freshman Sooner QB Sam Bradford) and his schedule was the toughest by far of all the candidates. But the race is still close enough due to the fact Daniel is lighting up and winning big games by throwing the ball and his team is ranked No. 1 in the polls.

Everything is on the line tonight for the college football world with the Big 12 Championship Game in San Antonio. Upwards of 12 different bowl games will be affected by who wins this game. In fact, if Missouri losses there may not be enough quality teams to fill all the BCS at-large bowl slots. Illinois, Texas and yes even the loser of the ACC Championship Game (Virginia Tech or Boston College) can still get to a BCS game under these circumstances. If Hawai’i loses tonight on the islands versus Washington, than the BCS at-large bids will be a mad scramble. If Hawai’i wins they are in a BCS bowl game, probably in the Sugar Bowl versus the SEC Champion.

Daniel probably won’t win the Heisman. Sadly, not enough voters know enough about him or have watched him play. That is until these last two weeks, especially today. Oh yea, forgot to mention…Daniel is also playing for a spot in the BCS National Championship Game. Gulp…under pressure!

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