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Melvin Gordon: Is This the Year the Heisman Trophy Returns to Madison?

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A hot topic in Madison and around the country for that matter will be the Heisman Trophy and who has the edge in any given week. Melvin Gordon is in the thick of the race, but can he bring the prestigious trophy back to Madison for the first time since 1999 when Ron Dayne won it?

According to Vegas, that might not be an easy task. The early–and I mean very early–odds have defending Heisman winner Jameis Winston favored to repeat. In fact there are eight players that are favored ahead of Gordon to win the Heisman, five of which are quarterbacks.

Believe it or not, not playing a primetime game this season (not counting LSU, but we’ll deal with them later) might hurt Melvin’s chances as well. We all know that voters can’t watch every single game on Saturday’s. Playing a primetime game increases the chance that a certain player will get even more eyes on him. And honestly what college player does not want to play on Fox or ESPN or CBS or ABC under the lights? Provides for some great Heisman moments.

Remember when I said we would deal with the LSU Tigers later? Well that time is now. That is the only primetime game the Badgers play this season–and it just happens to be the first game of the season. The Tigers are not only a top SEC team, but they are well-known as having one of the top defenses in the country. A very strong showing by Gordon there could vault his name towards the top of the list.

And it just might be that game where Melvin will really have to showcase his talents. Wisconsin’s schedule is not exactly the toughest one out there and will not face a stellar defense like the Tigers. If–and I understand this is a big if–the Badgers do happen to make the Big Ten Championship game in December, it would provide Gordon with one last primetime showcase before the Heisman presentation.

All-in-all, it’s going to be a tall order for Melvin Gordon is to bring the trophy back to Madison. Is it possible? Yes. Likely? Right now I don’t think so. I do however know that Gordon will make one hell of a run towards the Heisman.

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