Dwayne Haskins Won't Win The Heisman And It Has Everything To Do With A Media Bias

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Dwayne Haskins Won't Win The Heisman And It Has Everything To Do With A Media Bias

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Dwayne Haskins Won't Win The Heisman And It Has Everything To Do With A Media Bias


Dwayne Haskins is headed to New York, but if you’ve been watching the media frenzy, it’s not hard to figure out why he doesn’t stand a chance.


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There’s not too many times when something has me so riled up, that I cavalierly disregard beauty sleep (I need it) and go back to the keyboard because I’m all fired up.

Count this as one of those times.

I want to make it very clear that I am not a conspiracy theorist before I head down this rabbit hole of no return, but I’ve had enough. After watching the media advertise graphics and stats revolving around the upcoming Heisman ceremony, I just can’t take it any more.

That’s because the media is flat out pushing Dwayne Haskins out of the Heisman picture. Sure, he’s been invited to New York, but if you are to believe the media-types that run these sort of things, he clearly has no shot at actually winning the thing. Take the below graphic for example from NBC Sports:

Where is Dwayne Haskins? Then there’s similar things coming from ESPN:

And that, my friends, is flat-out wrong.

When (not if) either Tua Tagovailoa or Kyler Murray win the award, it won’t be because they had far better stats, or had more monumental moments, or showed out against better teams. No, it’ll be because the media has been pushing these two and leaving Haskins in the backseat of a virtual media cab ride to the Heisman Ceremony. Tua and Kyler are up front and the media is racking up the fare at Haskins’ expense.

All Haskins did was obliterate the passing records in the Big Ten, and he did it against better defensive competition than what resides in the SEC and Big 12. Here’s one of my favorite stats to illustrate this point.

It checks out folks, but the problem with the main-stream media is that the bulk of them don’t do their homework and never have. It’s lazy herding of public opinion at its best, and we’re seeing it front and center now.

Just like we saw everyone push a two-loss, non-conference champion as one of the four teams to get into the College Football Playoff. It’s getting out of hand.

Look, I’m not trying to say that Tua and Kyler aren’t great players. They too have had phenomenal seasons and are deserving of the award too. But the lack of respect and ability by the irresponsible media to actually dive into the numbers and give Haskins his due is enough to get my Scarlet and Gray Batman undies in a bunch (okay, that’s not really a thing).

There are however, those taking up the good fight. ESPN’s Mike Greenberg would be one of those:

We’ve also seen Tate Martell come to the defense of his college-mate.

The reality that nobody will want to hear in the mainstream media is that Haskins should be in this thing as much as the kids from Oklahoma and Alabama. Not because Ohio State fans are whiny, but because he’s earned it. He’s thrown for more touchdowns (47) than any other Power Five QB since Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford did (50) in 2008 (who by the way won the Heisman), and he’s still got one more game to go.

Haskins has a legitimate shot at breaking that record when he goes against Washington in the Rose Bowl with what we’ve seen as of late.

Speaking as of late, here are the numbers Haskins has thrown up over the last few games:

And he’s done it against better defenses, without a running game a lot of times, and in bigger moments. That should at least get the media to include him in graphics and polls, and not as a Heisman stowaway that wiggled his way into an all-expenses paid VIP trip to New York.

Okay, it’s now 1:30 AM in the morning and I can sleep with a clear conscience.

 

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