The Heisman Calculator is a one-of-a-kind regression model that processes simulated 2016 Heisman votes. By using player and voter data from years past, we can identify statistical influencers that drive Heisman votes.
For the second consecutive year, HeismanWatch.com foretells the Heisman Trophy outcome with greater accuracy than ESPN’s panel of experts and USATODAY’s Gannett Heisman [voter] survey. Regression models can struggle when determining a coefficient ceiling so we weren’t all too disappointed that the Heisman Calculator didn’t calculate a +2100 vote/point outcome for Lamar Jackson. With that said, the marginal difference between Jackson and Deshaun Watson were virtually identical, and to us, that’s whats most important. We specifically designed the calculator to tell us how many vote/points separate candidate-to-candidate. That is exactly what it did and we’re very excited about that. We also listed out the top 6 finishers in perfect sequential order.
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Insight & Analysis
Heisman Watch calls out the weekend’s polarizing performances and how they impact the Heisman Trophy race
Baker Mayfield (QB – OU) ML: +800 Why We Think Mayfield Will Win The Heisman: If anybody has mastered college football it’s Baker Mayfield. Last year, Mayfield set an FBS record in efficiency rating (196.4) and completed 70.9% of his passes, first in FBS. The 5th year Sr. has achieved all but two things on[…]
Lamar Jackson: (QB – Louisville) ML +800 Why We Think Lamar Jackson Will Win The Heisman: College football’s version of the “Human Highlight Film,” the reigning champ of the Heisman Trophy isn’t about ready to budge off his throne. Why should he? Why is Lamar Jackson no longer the favorite to win the Heisman again? Considering the Heisman is generally[…]
Cam Akers (RB – FSU) ML +5000 Why Cam Akers will win the Heisman: Sports media and Heisman voters alike love “firsts.” Johnny Manziel was the first (redshirt) Freshman Heisman winner. Marcus Mariota was the first Polynesian Heisman winner. Lamar Jackson was the first Louisville Heisman winner. Cam Akers could be the first true-Freshman Heisman[…]
Saquon Barkley (PSU – RB) ML +700 Why We Think Barkley Will Win The Heisman: The most electrifying running back in college football today, Barkley is in a great position to bring home Heisman hardware in December. Improving each of his first two years, Barkley compiled nearly 1,900 total offensive yards last season to go[…]
Josh Rosen (QB – UCLA) ML + 2500 Why we think Rosen will win the Heisman: Don’t call it a comeback. However, the 2015 freshman All-American QB Josh Rosen is coming back from a shoulder surgery that cut his 2016 season short. For UCLA, the Bruins are coming off their worst season (4-8) by far[…]
Derrius Guice (RB – LSU) ML +1400 Why We Love Derrius Guice To Win The Heisman: Derrius Guice literally cannot be tackled. After filling in for the oft-injured college superstar and Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette, it’s feasible to wonder why Guice didn’t receive more touches in 2016. Guice led the SEC in rushing, touchdowns and all-purpose yards[…]
Mason Rudolph (QB – Oklahoma St): ML +2000 Why we think Rudolph will win the Heisman: At 6’5″ 235 lbs it’s only a matter of time before OSU alum Bryant Reeves passes down one of the greatest nicknames in all of sports, ‘Big Country’ to one of the largest QB’s in the country. Size is[…]
If one thing is 100% accurate about this article: this will be the most irrelevant article you will have read in 2017. The best part about a list this early is that we have so much time to discuss what we like and really like about it. So without further adieu I give you the[…]
Leonard Fournette is going to win the Heisman Trophy. Well, at least that’s what we all thought before the first snap of the season. Clearly one of the best returning players from a year ago, Fournette was the Heisman front-runner for the majority of the 2015 season. It took one bad week along with one[…]
For our second consecutive year, HeismanWatch.com foretells the Heisman Trophy outcome with greater accuracy than ESPN’s panel of experts and USATODAY’s Gannett Heisman [voter] survey.
Sad news for the Heisman family, football fans across the country, more importantly the family and friends of Rashaan Salaam who has passed away at the age of 42. Salaam’s body was found in Boulder, Colorado park on Monday night. Right now there is no further information as to cause of death. Salaam won the[…]
Lamar Jackson is trying to be the first player since Tim Brown in 1987 to win the Heisman after losing their final two games. N.D. was a top-10 team all season before a one point loss @ Penn St. and a 24-0 blowout to eventual National Champion, Miami. Jackson and Louisville lost @ Houston and[…]
Going to New York City, NY for the Heisman Trophy Award Ceremony on Saturday, December 10th at 8 pm ET: Lamar Jackson: 8th in FBS in rushing yards (1,538) t-4th in FBS rushing TD’s (21) 12th in FBS in passing yards (3,390) 11th in FBS in passing TD’s (30) ACC Player of the Year ACC[…]
Why Lamar Jackson will win the Heisman: Stats, stats and more stats. Jackson is averaging 282.5 passing yards per game and 128.2 rushing yards per game. He’s averaging 25.7 points responsible for per game. Compared to entire teams, Jackson averaged more passing yards than 104 teams, more rushing yards than 14 teams, and more points[…]
Playing this weekend without Lamar Jackson stealing the highlights was a first for many of the Heisman candidates. With the bright lights and the big stage, who improved their position, who showed their true Heisman colors and who stumbled underneath the immense pressure HeismanWatch.com puts on college football players to make our website great. Jake[…]