The competition faced by the Heisman candidates this year is being largely (and unfairly) overlooked in this year's debate on who should bring home the trophy this Saturday. Yes, both QBs put up impressive numbers, but both face truly terrible defenses all season long. For example, Robert Griffin III threw for almost 4,000 yds this season, however, he faced ONE defense ranked in the top 50 nationally in pass defense (Texas ranked 47) and FIVE defenses ranked lower than 100 nationally in pass defense.
To add to the argument, note the average national ranking of defenses faced by the four offensive candidates for Heisman (games against non-FBS opponents by Wisconsin, Alabama, and Baylor not included) below the jump.
Average National Pass Defense Ranking Faced:
RG III = 87
Luck = 79
Average National Rush Defense Ranking Faced:
Ball = 68
TR = 59
Average National Total Defense Ranking Faced:
Luck = 79
RG III = 78
Ball = 52
TR = 41