First off, I just want to thank Ryan McGee and Ryan Hockensmith for filling in during my absence. They did a great job.
I turned in my Heisman ballot on Monday; this week's top 10 list is how I ranked the best players in the country this fall. The official ballot you turn in lists three guys, but here I will go deeper.
Despite what you may have heard, this isn't quite the perfect storm for a D-lineman to win the stiff-arm trophy. It would've been if it was Alabama RB Trent Richardson -- not Mark Ingram -- who burned Florida on a big screen pass and rolled through the No.1-ranked Gators' D as the Tide romped in Atlanta. Still, if you watched the Big 12 title game, you saw the single most dominant performance of the entire season. Suh ate up what had been a prolific Texas offense. Despite lots of double-teams, Suh was unblockable and unstoppable for 60 minutes. He had 7.5 tackles for loss, a dozen tackles and four sacks. When was the last time you saw a better performance by a defensive player on such a big stage?
I doubt Suh wins the Heisman or even finishes in the top two, but I know he got at least one first-place vote.
To see more of Bruce's thoughts on Suh -- including the quote 'The Heisman outlines its voting criteria as seeking 'the most outstanding player.' That's Suh. He is a lot better at what he does than anyone else is at what they do" -- and his thoughts on the next ND coach, Jimmy Clausen's time in South Bend and more, you must be an ESPN Insider.