Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch finished seventh in the voting for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, which was won by Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. After he had such a great statistical season in 2012, is it possible for Jordan Lynch to win the Heisman Trophy in 2013?
Jordan Lynch had great stats in 2012
Jordan Lynch's stats for 2012 were pretty incredible. Lynch accounted for 4,953 total yards and 44 touchdowns during the 2012 season. He rushed for 1,815 yards and 19 TDs, while throwing for 3,138 yards and 25 TDs.
Despite those great stats, Jordan Lynch finished behind six other candidates in the Heisman voting. Northern Illinois recently launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Jordan Lynch, but can he really win it playing for a MAC team?
Here is a blueprint of what has to happen for Jordan Lynch to win the Heisman Trophy in 2013. On thing Lynch has going for him is that everyone loves the underdog, and he is a huge underdog to win the Heisman Trophy.
Blueprint for how Jordan Lynch can win the Heisman Trophy in 2013
- Northern Illinois has to go undefeated
In order to impress the Heisman Trophy voters enough in 2013, Jordan Lynch will have to lead the Northern Illinois Huskies to an undefeated season in 2013. When you play in the MAC, and you want to win the Heisman Trophy, losses are unacceptable.
It's one thing to lose to the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers and still win the Heisman like Johnny Manziel did in 2012, but when you play in the MAC you have to win all your games. Since 1960, the only player to win the Heisman Trophy who did not play for a team now in a major college football conference is Ty Detmer from BYU in 1990.
- Jordan Lynch has to lead Northern Illinois to wins over Iowa and Purdue on the road
Looking over Northern Illinois schedule for 2013, Jordan Lynch's chances of winning the Heisman Trophy can really be boiled down to two games. The Huskies play at Iowa on August 31, and play at Purdue on September 28.
Those two games are the only games Northern Illinois plays this season vs major conference teams. Lynch has to win both games, and really impress Heisman voters both times.
There really are no other games where Jordan Lynch can sufficiently impress Heisman voters. Northern Illinois' two other non-conference games are vs Idaho and vs Eastern Illinois out of the Ohio Valley Conference.
No matter how much Jordan Lynch dominates MAC teams or the two other cupcakes on the schedule, it will not be enough to win him the Heisman if he doesn't play great against Iowa and Purdue, and win both games.
Jordan Lynch has to overcome Orange Bowl impression
Jordan Lynch did not play particularly well in the Orange Bowl last season vs Florida State. Lynch only threw for 176 yards and a TD, and only ran for 44 yards with no TDs. The game probably left a bad impression on Heisman voters that Jordan Lynch will have to overcome in 2013.
The only way for Jordan Lynch to overcome the bad Orange Bowl is for him to lead the Northern Illinois Huskies to an undefeated season including wins over Iowa and Purdue out of the Big Ten. And Lynch will have to impress the voters statistically in the games vs Iowa and Purdue.
Can Jordan Lynch win the Heisman Trophy in 2013?
The answer is yes, but only if he can lead his team to an undefeated season including statistically impressive wins over Iowa and Purdue, the two Big Ten teams on the schedule. Anything short of that will almost certainly leave Jordan Lynch out of the running for the Heisman Trophy in 2013.