ESPN’s Stinchcomb: Winston will win Heisman

Former Georgia and NFL offensive lineman and current ESPN analyst Matt Stinchcomb took a few moments to chat about his observations this season. He’s promoting the Allstate Good Works Team, which recognizes a select group of student-athletes committed to contributing to the greater good of their communities.

Q: Who is your Heisman frontrunner?

Jameis Winston is having a great year as a freshman and is in the thick of the Heisman race. (AP)

Jameis Winston is having a great year as a freshman and is in the thick of the Heisman race. (AP)

A: (Florida State QB) Jameis Winston will win it. I don’t think he should, but I think he will. Oregon has done so well offensively (in the past) that people are numb to the types of numbers that Marcus Mariota is putting up. They almost expect that at Oregon. He’s getting lost in the noise. Winston is the quarterback who is helping Florida State re-emerge. This might be the charmed season that they’ve largely been waiting for.

Q: Which team looks the best to you?

A: You can make a strong case for the way Florida State has played this season. I haven’t seen Oregon play a whole lot, but what I’ve seen of them, they warrant one of the two top positions in the polls. It’s tough to dispute what they’ve built in Tuscaloosa. Alabama is the pinnacle of college football. They haven’t played LSU, and they’ll be challenged by Auburn this season, but if you have to point to a team, Alabama is the model of what you want to have. Alabama is still the mold.

Q: What about Baylor?

A: Baylor is impossible to evaluate right now. They’re at around 110th in their strength, or weakness, of schedule. We don’t know if the tide will be with Baylor for the entire season. They haven’t performed well on the road, but if they beat Texas Tech in Arlington (Nov. 16), we’ll find out a lot more about the Baylor Bears. Nothing can take away from the job Art Briles has done. That’s nothing short of miraculous. Teams are beginning to emulate and borrow what Baylor and Oregon are doing with their offensive pace and what basically is a triple-option offense, but not in an orthodox sense. What they do at Baylor is the wave of the future.

Q: What do you think about Baylor’s Bryce Petty?

A: A lot of folks would have success throwing against the secondaries he’s faced. He’s basically been throwing against air, so we’ll see what happens when Baylor faces teams that actually can slow him down. Can he maintain that pace? He’ll have a couple of nice stages to perform on coming up shortly. Baylor plays Oklahoma (tonight on Fox Sports 1) and Texas Tech in their next two games. Those games will have national ramifications.

Petty isn’t a runner, not an RG III, not a Mariota, so he won’t have the total offense numbers of some other quarterbacks. He’s fearless, accurate, and if you’re running 80 plays a game, you better have a guy who knows what to do. He’s delivering the football and throwing strikes down the field. He’s not just bombing away.

Petty is a pocket passer. Mariota and (Johnny) Manziel are dual threats. Winston is very mobile, but his offense isn’t predicated on tempo. It’s more orthodox, but he also can hurt you with his legs.

Q: What do you think about the ACC this season?

A: This is a banner year for the ACC. When does the ACC have two top 10 matchups in one year, like they’ve had this year? The ACC very much needs FSU to handle its business the rest of the way in.

You can follow me on Twitter: @AJ_Writes

Past blogs

Pac-12 says it’s catching up to SEC

Run game fuels Auburn’s amazing turnaround

Manziel worth only $20,000 to Texas A&M

Mariota rises to top of Heisman race

Shaw is toughest QB in SEC

Dabo in denial? Perhaps there is more to his comments

Miami’s next punishment could come from FSU

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24 comments Add your comment

I think...

November 8th, 2013
11:56 am

…GT has many. many majors that are NOT technical or engineering – and most athletes take them – Tech’s only requirement that Dook or Vandy or Stanford may not have is that everyone has to take calculus, or at least that is what the GT faithful say all the time on these blogs…

David Granger

November 8th, 2013
11:46 am

Yeah, I think last night’s Oregon loss pretty much takes Mariota out of Heisman contention, and probably sews up the award for Winston. Manziel is the only real competition, and some voters won’t vote for him because they don’t want to see one person win two in a row, and he’ll also lose some votes because he’s such a scumbag. (Personally, if I had a vote, I’d vote for Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans. One reason Manziel completes so many of those “scramble around like crazy, then just heave the ball downfield as far as you can” passes is that Evans just goes up and gets them.)

And Snoopy, you’re right that a school can be strong academically and a pretty good team as well. But as much as I dislike Ga. Tech, they do it harder than most. Unlike Stanford and Vanderbilt, just about every major they offer is technical or engineering. They don’t have the “general studies” or the “ethnic/cultural studies” or “humanistic studies” or the “multi-disciplinary studies” majors that Stanford (and many other large universities) offer that so many football players (especially) wind up in.


November 8th, 2013
9:46 am

If Bama wins the SEC & is in the BCS championship game, He’ll win the Hypeman award…
#2 at A&M is the most exciting player in college football.
Oregon just blew it vs the Cardinal

(PS to Jacket fan… You CAN be a stellar academic program & WIN too… See Stanford… & quit with your tired excuses for sucking on the football field!)


November 8th, 2013
9:20 am

What? Wasn’t Aaron Murray a shoo-in for the Heisman? Oh wait, I forgot he chokes in the big games. Never mind.


November 8th, 2013
9:13 am

What? I thought Aaron Murray was a shoo-in for the Heisman. Oh wait, I forgot he chokes in the big games.


November 8th, 2013
1:28 am

Scratch Mariota from the list.



November 8th, 2013
1:24 am

You can complain about Alabama’s schedule, but if you look at their recent post-season play, it’s hard to argue with their consistent dominance.

2009 SECCG 32-13 vs. Florida
2009 BCSCG 37-21 vs. Texas
2010 Citrus Bowl 49-7 vs. Michigan State
2011 BCSCG 21-0 vs. LSU
2012 SECCG 32-28 vs. Georgia
2012 BCSCG 42-14 vs. Notre Dame

I’d say they deserve a little respect.


November 8th, 2013
12:53 am

Johnny Football wins again. Or at least he should. He is the only one that people would pay to see if they were given a choice between Johnny, Mariota and Winston. He just lights up the tv screen. McCarron is a solid 4th and a real nice player.

Who F'N Cares!??!

November 7th, 2013
7:43 pm

Of course he would say Bama is the best team. He’s a jackarse SEC homer and a hack sports analyst peddling SEC propaganda to no one’s surprise. And he might want to do some quality of wins comparison.


November 7th, 2013
7:22 pm

McCarron for the lifetime achievement award, if Alabama continues to perform.