The Big Ten had no legitimate horse in the Heisman Trophy race this year, so I was forced to look elsewhere for my selections.
Here's how I voted late Saturday night:
1. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
2. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
3. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
Ingram and Spiller sparkled in the spotlight Saturday, and both men have had huge performances all season long. Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh also stepped up in the biggest game of his season, and it was great to see him get an invite to New York City. But in the end, my decision came down to the player who consistently produced week in and week out against top competition.
Gerhart's numbers blew me away, and those who question Stanford's competition should check out the facts. As a guy who grew up in Berkeley, it wasn't easy to vote for a Stanford guy, but Gerhart deserves it.
One thought I had while filling out my ballot: Shonn Greene was a year too early. The Iowa star running back was overshadowed by a quarterback-dominated season in 2008. If he had turned in the same performance this year, he'd be undoubtedly heading to Manhattan with a real chance to win the trophy.
Another thought I had: What if Ingram had stayed closer to home and played for a Big Ten school? The league could use an offensive star like him.
It's time the Heisman goes to a non-quarterback. I hope this is the year.