As has unfortunately been the case in recent memory, the biggest college football showdown of the year the New York City area will get to see up close won't take place in between the lines. Instead it will take place Saturday night when the 77th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy is presented in Manhattan.
The ceremony is bringing Stanford QB Andrew Luck, Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, Alabama RB Trent Richardson, LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu and Wisconsin RB Montee Ball all to the Big Apple.
Luck opened the college football season as the favorite to win the award after finishing last season as the runner-up to Auburn's Cam Newton and was still expected to take it home as recently as last week. However, there has been a growing sense that Griffin -- known as RG3 -- has done just enough to fly past the consensus No. 1 pick in April's NFL Draft.
While the Stanford signal caller sat at home last week, Griffin threw for 320 yards and had four total touchdowns in a big 48-24 win over Texas. For the season, the Baylor QB has completed over 72 percent of his passes for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns to just six interceptions. His next (final?) game will be Dec. 29 in the Alamo Bowl against Washington.
Richardson has plenty of his own supporters among voters and should finish third behind the two quarterbacks.
No matter who walks away with the prestigious award and strikes the historic pose, enjoy it New York sports fans. We don't get a chance to see these type of college stars the rest of the season.