The race for the 2013 Heisman Trophy was quite the winding path this season, but ultimately the voters got it right. Florida State‘s Jameis Winston was announced as the winner of the Heisman, making him the second freshman to ever win the award. The moment is something Winston will remember forever, but in the long run, will it hurt FSU?
The winner of the Heisman tends to have a rough time winning the BCS National Championship in the same season. With Auburn scheduled to face Winston and the Seminoles on Jan. 6 for the National Championship, will FSU and Winston be able to overcome the “Heisman curse” and end the SEC’s recent domination, or will Auburn win the National Championship and continue doing what the SEC has done for the past seven years?
Tonight’s Heisman outcome just adds another storyline to an already intriguing game between two superstar universities. Between these two schools, Winston wasn’t the only Heisman finalist. Auburn’s Tre Mason was also up for the trophy. Although he ended up not winning, in the long run, is it more important to win an individual award or a championship as a team?
Winston is an incredible talent, but during the entire 2013 season, he hasn’t had to play a quality team like Auburn. Winston very well could be a huge flop come Jan. 6 and the “Heisman curse” will once again carry on. However, Winston could prove that this curse is a fluke and FSU could walk away as the National Champions.
Ultimately, it’s going to come down to overall talent as a whole team and not just which superstar Heisman finalist steps up the most. Regardless of the outcome, the Heisman Trophy will be front and center when the Seminoles and Tigers meet for the National Championship.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.