Get ready, voters, pundits and rabid letter-writers alike. We may be headed toward the greatest Heisman debate in the history of this state.
If Mark Ingram keeps doing what he’s doing for Alabama, and Cam Newton keeps doing what he’s doing for Auburn, there will be a raging inferno of a discussion to choose one of them as the best college football player in the country.
In terms of raw passion, it’ll put the race for governor to shame.
No player in America has been more valuable to his team through the first month than Newton. Yes, I’ve heard of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and seen his highlight reel. It’s impressive, too, but Newton got it done in three straight brutally physical and mentally draining games.
As for Ingram, he’s been even better through two games than he was last year, when he actually won Alabama’s first Heisman.
One thing that separates Ingram and Newton right now is that Newton has played twice as many games. So he’s had a larger impact on Auburn’s 4-0 record than Ingram has had on Alabama’s 4-0 mark.
That’ll change in the next two weeks. Ingram has a chance to continue making a statement against Florida and South Carolina while Newton should be able to take some time off against Louisiana-Monroe and Kentucky, if the Tigers don’t continue their disturbing habit of waiting until deep in the second quarter to turn it on.
In any case, Ingram and Newton have showed no signs of slowing down. Could we be headed toward an Iron Bowl with conference and national championship and Heisman implications?
It’s a long way from 4-0 to 11-0, from a great September to a great season, but isn’t it nice a third of the way in to know all things are still possible?