Following Alabama’s decisive 38-17 win against LSU on Saturday night, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban used his postgame interview to praise quarterback AJ McCarron and champion him for the Heisman.
Saban’s argument? Look at wins, not stats.
Saban’s comments echoed what he said on ESPN’s College GameDay earlier in the day:
"I think AJ's probably the most underrated player in college football. People talk about statistics all the time, and maybe his statistics are not what somebody else's are. But really what you should equate things with are production, performance, efficiency, consistency and winning. That's really what it's all about. He's done that better than I think anybody in college football."
So, it begs the question: Was Saturday’s win McCarron’s Heisman moment?
We’re inclined to say no, especially with a game against a tough Auburn team looming and a possible SEC title game beyond that.
Saban is right in one respect - McCarron has been steady all season. But he also hasn’t played as tough of a schedule as some of his Heisman competitors. He did make a statement against LSU, but he’ll have to keep his team undefeated to hoist the bronze statue.
Here’s Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Watch for Week 12:
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