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Heisman Badger whips Dawgs

Posted on: December 3, 2011 7:36 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 7:38 pm

ATLANTA -- It was bordering on the ridiculous.

For two months since that slop of Game of the Century we’ve had to listen to SEC loyalists argue about the defensive aesthetic value of its top teams. For the first half of the SEC championship game the Strength Everywhere Conference had lost the benefit of the doubt. It shamed itself. It shamed football. It shamed the No. 1 ranking.

At least the top two BCS remain intact. Or so it seems after No. 1 LSU did enough in the second half Saturday to beat Georgia in the SEC title game thanks to a kid renamed Heisman Badger.

His real name, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, not only saved the game for the Tigers, in one stunning afternoon-turned-night that turned Georgia into goo. At the same time he saved the SEC’s rep and legitimized, somewhat, the BCS national championship game.

Mathieu returned one punt 62 yards and set up another score with a 47-yard in the third quarter. Somewhere, Johnny Rodgers was giving props. Everywhere crotchety gray-haired Heisman voters conditioned to write “Andrew Luck” on the top line over the top few weeks had to scramble.

Spelling lessons – no, it’s not Tyrone Matthew – and a highlight package were in order for the uninitiated. A cornerback for Heisman is an acquired taste. Ask Charles Woodson. Can Mathieu get to New York? Debatable. Should he win the Heisman? No question.

With apologies to Robert Griffin III, this might have been as big a Heisman Moment as there has been on the last Saturday in recent years.  

That was all a mostly punchless LSU offense needed. It had tortured its coach and LSU fans for most of the game, but particularly in the first half. The Tigers had 12 yards and no first downs at halftime. The only reason they any points was Mathieu’s punt return.

The defense took over in the third quarter, giving LSU field position that led to 21 points. That’s all the Tigers needed to (we think) secure a spot in the BCS title game for the third time in eight years. Believed to be accompanying LSU is Alabama which waited on the sidelines Saturday for the Tigers to rubber-stamp things.  

That would be a matchup of the No. 31 (Alabama) and No. 62 (LSU) offenses. But on defense those teams are 1-2 in total defense. But there is only one Honey Badger which was the only original nickname stuck on the sophomore from New Orleans when he began making play after play.

For those of you not caught up on the Honey Badger saga, watch this. You too will see why the Honey Badger takes what he wants.

In the season opener against Oregon, Mathieu led all LSU tacklers with 10 accenting that with a strip and score of Duck Kenyon Barner. At the end of the season, in his 25<sup>th</sup> career game, Mathieu has averaged one big “Badger play” per game. That would be four career interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and two punt returns for touchdowns. Total: 25.

The SEC as a whole really couldn’t lose Saturday. LSU could have lost and possibly opened the door for the best postseason day in SEC history. Three teams – LSU, Alabama and Georgia – would have stood a chance of getting an unprecedented three BCS bids.

Turns out it doesn’t matter who lost that Nov. 5 Game of the Century. If it was LSU, Alabama would have been here causing Georgia to tap out. One was going to be No. 1 and the other was going to be No. 2. That is all but assured now. Right?



Category: NCAAF
Tags: Alabama, BCS, Georgia, LSU, SEC

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:55 pm

Heisman Badger whips Dawgs

maybe i should have proof read! lol... why isnt anyone giving.. drop the not

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:53 pm

Heisman Badger whips Dawgs

why isnt anyyone not giving montee ball heisman love? he only rushed for 38 tds and around 1800 yds rushing. granted the big 10 was way down this year but griffin is a front runner and he plays in a conference where defense is an after thought.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:39 pm

Heisman Badger whips Dawgs

Well considering Rashan Salaam and Ricky Williams were Heisman Trophy winners....I don't think they give a crap.  The two of them smoke more weed than everyone at Burning Man.  

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:24 pm

Heisman Badger whips Dawgs

I dont think the Honey Badger wants the Heisman just yet. When he wants it, maybe next year, he will take it.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:36 pm

Heisman Badger whips Dawgs

he should get an invite to N.Y., but probably shouldn't win. he's only a soph so he will have another couple of chances. too small for the NFL, but one of the top collegiate players for sure
i would be shocked if he gets the invite!!!! i think there are at least 4 guys over him including in no order.....1) Griffin.....2) Barkley......3) Richardson and 4) Luck. i expect Griffin to likely win because he's the media favorite now, but i personally would like to see Barkley win it because while Griffin is having a great year, i cant get the Ok state and Texas A&M games out of my mind for some reason and while Barkley had one lousy game, he also almost upset Stanford and did upset Oregon. Mathieu should be considered, i admit that, BUT it's going to be hard, Remember Suh??? he (in my book) should've won that year, but he didnt.

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:57 pm

Heisman Badger whips Dawgs

he should get an invite to N.Y., but probably shouldn't win. he's only a soph so he will have another couple of chances. too small for the NFL, but one of the top collegiate players for sure.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:47 pm

Heisman Badger whips Dawgs

Mathieu likely wont win it for many reasons, BUT the biggest reason is the fact that defensive players RARELY win it. as much as i think his NFL potential isnt as good as some think (i am worried about him being injured), i think Griffin will be in the discussion, BUT if "I" had to vote on the winner, it's Matt Barkley, but i think they give it to Griffin. Mathieu though likely wont get it because it's rare a defenisive guy gets it.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:25 pm

Heisman Badger whips Dawgs

I'm glad nobody drug-tested me whan I was in college.

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:20 pm

Flavor of the week for Dodd

Gettin' to be a lil' ridiculous watching Dodd switch his opinion on Heisman favorites every week... nay, every game!  Let's give the most prestigous individual award in college to a guy who was suspended 2 games for drug use, and played the role of cheap-shot artist against Bama's Dre Kirkpatrick. 

Hang on, Bedlam game about to start... expect another Dodd Heisman article in 3 hours -- Weeden maybe? Landry Jones? Blackmon? Interior Lineman?  Doesn't matter as long as Dodd can stir the pot (hee hee "pot", no pun intended Honey Badger!)

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:17 pm

Heisman Badger whips Dawgs

The Heisman Committee is not very fired up to nominate a player who fails a drug test.

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