We have now officially reached the doldrums of the college football calendar, where up is down, left is right, and the only thing passing for “news” these days is when a bunch of bloated (literally and figuratively) athletic directors get together in a secluded room, argue for eight hours, then spend the rest of the evening blowing through their expense accounts like John Junker at a strip club.
Good times! Oh, and how many days until kick-off again?
Thankfully we here at Crystal Ball Run are going to spare you. Rather than sitting around and twitting our thumbs for the next 90 days, we instead plan to hit you with more college football content then you know what to do with. Why’s that? Well, in addition to our regular coverage of whatever kind of interesting/unique/breaking news that comes up over the course of the day, we're also going to have what we're calling "theme" weeks. Every week from now until the middle of August, we're going to have a "theme" with at least one article a day from our various writers covering that specific topic. Some examples are "coaching hot seats," "breakout players.” Stuff like that.
And today, we start theme week by discussing America’s favorite stiff-armed trophy, the Heisman. Over the next five days our staff will give you everything you need to know about college football’s most prestigious award, including the darkhorses, defensive prospects to watch, Vegas odds and even a little insight on why some of the favorites might fall short. Overall, it’s going to be a fun time.
As we kick off Heisman week, the only appropriate place to start seems to be with the favorites. Below are all the names you need to go heading into 2012, as well as some relevant stats, and a paragraph or two on each player’s candidacy. Later today we’ll also look at some off the radar players as well.