Over/Under: 0.5 Penn State Players Invited to Heisman Trophy Presentation
Through the spring and summer, we’ll pose over/under scenarios for the upcoming Penn State football season and share our prediction. We also want to hear from you. Tag us on social media (@HappyValleyPSU) and let us know what you think.
This week: over/under on 0.5 Penn State players invited to the Heisman Trophy Award presentation in December in New York.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is correctly regarded as one of the nation’s top players and an early-season Heisman Trophy contender. He’s also being hailed as a Top 10 draft pick in next season’s NFL Draft should he forgo his senior season, so Barkley is already top-of-mind for voters.
Additionally, quarterback Trace McSorley has started to enter the fringe of the Heisman Trophy discussion and can elevate his standing if he continues producing big-time numbers and leading Penn State to big-time wins.
There have always been at least three players invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony, and most often, five players have been invited (11 times). You can read more about this and other FAQs regarding the Heisman Trophy on the award’s website.
Why you should take the over
Barkley and McSorley will enter this year with Penn State’s best offensive line in years, leading an explosive offensive attack that averaged 38 points per game last season. With nearly everyone back and an extra year to learn from and work with offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, Penn State’s offense should only get better.
And perhaps most importantly, Barkley wants to win; running backs coach Charles Huff said as much during an offseason interview with HappyValley.com — we’ll have more on that conversation leading up to the season. So when you look at how far Barkley’s motivation has taken him in only two years at Penn State, it’s easy to imagine the standout running back willing himself to New York with his play.
Why you should take the under
There’s a decent chance that Barkley and McSorley will get only one nationally televised night game this season, either against Michigan or Iowa, though it’s definitely possible that both kickoffs could be at night.
Although Penn State plays some of the worst Big Ten rush defenses from a year ago (Michigan State, Indiana, Maryland, Rutgers), the Lions also go up against some of the best. Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio State and Northwestern ranked second through fifth a year ago, and all are on Penn State’s schedule. And there’s also the possibility (or probability) that Barkley and McSorley will split votes in the northeast region.
We’ll take the over. Look for Saquon Barkley to be among the Heisman Trophy finalists and secure an invitation to New York.