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Why Case Keenum Should Be a Lock For the Heisman

Posted by houstoncollector on November 11, 2009

The college football season isn’t over, but as far as I’m concerned, the choice for 2009 Heisman should be pretty much decided. Yes, it’s a bit of a homer choice, but in my mind, it’s entirely justified.

Case Keenum should win the 2009 Heisman trophy going away. Do you want reasons? Well, let’s look at his stats this year, first of all. After 9 games, he has 3815 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. He also has 3 rushing touchdowns. No other player in NCAA football right now can match him on stats.

The Houston Cougars are 8-1 so far, and the reason is almost entirely on him. Without Case Keenum at quarterback, Houston doesn’t beat Texas Tech, Tulsa, or Southern Mississippi. Possibly not Mississippi State and Oklahoma state. That means he’s the difference between 8-1 and anywhere from a 5-4 to a 3-6 record at this point of the system. The Cougars are 3-0 against BCS teams, including defeating then #5 Oklahoma State by 10 points in Oklahoma. He’s led three 4th quarter drives that won the game, including two in the final minute. Even the game Houston lost, he was flawless in, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s thrown for over 500 yards in a game three times this year so far.

So let’s look at his competition:

Colt McCoy: 2447 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, with 1 rushing touchdown.
Tim Tebow: 1531 yards, 11 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, with 9 rushing touchdowns.
Mark Ingram: 1148 yards rushing, 8 touchdowns and 3 receiving touchdowns.

The only player that comes close right now to the same production is Mark Ingram. Here’s the thing though. Houston wins totally on the merits of its offense. Texas, Florida and Alabama all win on defense. Houston is ranked #1 in the country in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense, and 8th in passing efficiency. They’re also 116th in total defense. Texas? 16th, 25th, 3rd and 1st in total defense. Florida is 83rd, 19th and 11th, while they’re 2nd in total defense. Alabama’s 14th in rushing offense, 31st and 29th in the other categories, and 4th in total defense. Those three teams have defenses which can keep the other team from scoring, so their offense can blow the games wide open. Houston doesn’t. It’s all Case Keenum, all the time.

So let’s look at the common opinion that Houston doesn’t have the same strength of schedule as Texas (played Louisana Monroe, Wyoming and 2 Conference USA teams), Florida (played Charleston So., Troy, and has Florida International upcoming) and Alabama (who played FIU, North Texas, and has Chattanooga upcoming). I’ll go a step further: Let’s look at the games that they have in common.

Texas Tech: Both Houston and Texas beat them. Here’s the lines from each game:
Colt McCoy: 24 of 34 for 205 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Case Keenum: 38 of 58 for 435 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 Game-Winning Rushing TD

UTEP: Texas won, Houston lost.
Colt McCoy: 28 of 35 for 286 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Case Keenum: 51 of 76 for 536 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT

Mississippi State: Houston and Florida both won, Alabama plays them this weekend.
Tim Tebow: 12 of 22 for 127 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT and 1 rushing TD.
Case Keenum: 39 of 52 for 434 yards, 4 TDs and 2 INT

Yes, some of this is the system that Houston uses, but let’s be honest. If Case Keenum was playing for Alabama, Texas or Florida with big SEC receivers and more importantly, SEC offensive lines, he’d be putting up good numbers then also. If Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy played all the teams that Houston was….would they put up similar numbers though? So far, it doesn’t seem that way. This is why, to me, it’s obvious that Case Keenum is the best and only reasonable choice for the Heisman.


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