Heisman ballots arrived this week, so many of the 900-plus voters should be sending their ballots in during the next few days.
How does it look for the WAC's best candidate ever? Just so-so.While BYU's Ty Detmer has done more than anyone could ask, he's been No. 2 in the nation in both passing efficiency and passing yards. And he may end up the bridesmaid in the Heisman voting.
Many folks seem to share the opinion of The National columist Mike Lupica, who said on the Larry King Show Wednesday night that Notre Dame's Raghib Ismail should win because he's the most exciting player in America. "Even if he's in for only five plays, you never know what he's going to do," he said. USA Today endorsed Ismail in its Heisman Watch this week.
It looks like Ismail is the man to beat, with Colorado's Eric Bieniemy making a strong charge now that the Buffaloes are in national title contention. Virginia's Shawn Moore and Houston's David Klingler seem to be fading.
One advantage Detmer has is that he may get more consistent support with a lot of second and third place votes. That could give him a slight edge in the end.TY GOES NBA: Detmer took time out from his Heisman campaign to watch Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls play the Utah Jazz Tuesday night. Late in the first half, he was recognized and asked by the P.A. announcer to take a bow. However he had temporarily left his seat and everyone looked to Section 7 to no avail.
Later, Detmer, who usually gets bombarded by reporters after his games, got a look at the other side as he went into the locker rooms to meet several Jazz and Bull players. Of course, he was treated lot more cordially than your average slimy reporter.NOT NECESSARILY WORTHY: Who would have believed it, four WAC teams in bowl games? Unless UTEP pulls an upset over Air Force this week, the WAC will place four teams in bowl games the same year for the first time ever.
With one more win, BYU is headed to the Holiday Bowl, Wyoming is going to the Copper Bowl, Colorado State has a Freedom Bowl bid and Air Force is going to the Liberty Bowl with that UTEP win.
Of course, whether the WAC has four bowl-worthy teams is another question. Certainly Air Force isn't, but which team in America has an easier requirement to get into a bowl game than this - beat Army, Navy, Hawaii, Utah, UTEP and edge The Citadel 10-7 and you're in.
Wyoming and Colorado State could go into their bowl games with three and four losses, respectively, seeing how both must still play at Hawaii. TEAR 'EM DOWN AGAIN: After Colorado State beat Wyoming two weeks ago, CSU fans got so excited they tore down the goalposts. Colorado State officials were a little bit concerned because the goalposts cost around $7,000, but didn't complain much since something like that is rare in Fort Collins.
So what happened last week when the Rams defeated Tulsa? Fans tore down the goalposts again.
Thank goodness for Ram officials, it was the last home game of the season. SATURDAY PICKS: There's only one game this week as far as local fans are concerned, if you can call it a game.
BYU (8-1, 6-0) at Utah (4-6, 2-5), noon - OK, in 1988 we used a real scientific method to predict the Utes would upset the Cougars, the old Utah-always-wins-in-years-ending-with-8 theory. This year we're using comparative-scores-of-common-opponents theory. Since BYU has won those games by an average of 50-17 and Utah has lost by an average of 36-21, the Cougars should be 48 points better. Knock off five for home-field advantage and you have . . . BYU 63-20.
San Diego State (4-4, 3-2) at New Mexico (2-9, 1-5), noon - After last week's debacle against Utah, will anyone show up to see the Lobos? Will the Lobos show up? . . . SDSU 38-18.
Colorado State (7-3) at Louisiana Tech (7-3), 1 p.m. MST - This game is a lot tougher than most folks realize. Tech almost beat Auburn earlier this year. And Karl Malone went there . . . CSU 24-17.
Air Force (5-5, 2-4) at UTEP (3-6, 1-5), 7 p.m. - The Miners aren't bad at home. Hawaii lost there and BYU had its closest WAC game there. Still, Air Force has the Liberty Bowl incentive . . . AFA 33-22.
Wyoming (9-2, 5-2) at Hawaii (5-4, 2-3), 10 p.m. MST - The Cowboys are on a downward slide. The Rainbows are at home . . . Hawaii 28-24.