They will announce a Heisman Trophy recipient tonight but the race remains too close to call for outlets seeking to project a winner. One of the most successful outlets in forecasting the Heisman winner in recent years has been www.stiffarmtrophy.com, which has correctly projected the last six recipients.
But as of noon today, the website says the race is still wide open based on the latest data it has collected. This is clearly a three-man race and the numbers suggest all three finalists have a chance.
Based on voters surveyed with seven hours to go until tonight's live presentation ceremony (7 p.m., ESPN), here is the website's latest pecking order:
1. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma QB: 397 points. Named on 184 ballots, with 67 first-place votes.
2. Tim Tebow, Florida QB: 369 points. Named on 173 ballots, with 81 first-place votes.
3. Colt McCoy, Texas QB: 367 points. Named on 180 ballots, with 61 first-place votes.
Accounting for anticipated regional influences in areas where surveyors have collected a lower percentage of voter feedback, the website projects final pecking order -- and final point totals -- to look like this: 1. Bradford (1,681 points), 2. McCoy (1,522 points), 3. Tebow (1,422 points).
But there is a note saying the race, at this point, remains too close to call.
_ Jimmy Burch