Florida State‘s Jameis Winston is college football‘s 2013 Heisman Trophy winner. However, would he still have won the trophy if A.J. McCarron and the rest of the Alabama Crimson Tide beat Auburn and finished the regular season undefeated?
Well, that is a question that we will never have a clear answer to. I am going with a yes, though. I am sure people have seen this many times, but here are the stats of the two players.
Winston: 3,820 passing yards, 38 touchdown passes, 10 interceptions.
McCarron: 2,676 passing yards, 26 touchdown passes, five interceptions.
As you can see, it really wasn’t even close. Winston clearly had better statistics and he even rushed for more yards and four TDs on the ground.
Still, McCarron is easily one of the best players in the game and he has shown that all season long. It would have been really interesting if Alabama and Florida State met in the BCS national championship, but that will not be the case.
Winston is the second freshman in a row to win the Heisman. Not a bad start to what looks like will be a very successful college football career.
I am sure Winston wants nothing more than to lead his Seminoles to victory in the title game. Still, winning the Heisman has to feel pretty darn good.
McCarron would have had a much better case if the Crimson Tide went undefeated, but that is not the way it happened. The one argument that McCarron does have is the fact that he played in the best conference in the nation and still put up very good numbers.
Regardless, Winston is the newest Heisman Trophy winner.