Some interesting notes about this year's 2013 Heisman Trophy voting, which was won by Florida State's Jameis Winston in a landslide.
First, here is the breakdown of the 900 ballots.
|1||Jameis Winston||Florida State||668||84||33||2,205|
|3||Jordan Lynch||Northern Illinois||40||149||140||558|
|4||Andre Williams||Boston College||29||127||129||470|
|5||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M||30||103||125||421|
|8||Derek Carr||Fresno State||6||23||43||107|
|9||Braxton Miller||Ohio State||4||21||37||91|
-- Though it appeared a strange decision at the time, with just 300 points separating second from sixth, you can see why the Heisman Trust decided to send a record-tying six finalists to New York. You can't send JUST Winston to New York.
-- Despite finishing in fourth, Andre Williams actually received the fewest first-place votes of any of the six finalists though he did receive the third most second and third place votes. With such little separation between second and sixth, my gut tells me Tre Mason's strong SEC Championship Game performance combined with Williams leaving the Syracuse game with a separated shoulder was the difference between Williams finishing fourth and as high as second in the final vote.
-- Seven quarterbacks finished in the top 10 of voting, with Williams (4th), Tre Mason (6th) and Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey (10th) the only running backs to finish in the top 10.
-- The only two bowl games to feature two top 10 Heisman Trophy finalists are the BCS National Championship Game (Winston and Mason) and the AdvoCare V100 'Independence' Bowl (Williams and Carey).
And the regional breakdown:
|Jameis Winston||Florida State||339||366||390||395||353||362|
|Jordan Lynch||Northern Illinois||88||80||69||93||116||112|
|Andre Williams||Boston College||132||89||65||56||72||56|
|Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M||56||63||93||105||50||54|
-- Winston won all six regions handily.
-- The only region where Williams did well was in Boston College's home Northeast region. That was the closest of any of the six regions with Winston garnering 339 points to Williams' 132.
-- Williams got crushed in the South (Tre Mason) and Southwest (Ka'Deem Carey), finishing last among the six finalists in both of those regions. Williams didn't finish particularly strong in his hometown Mid-Atlantic region either, finishing third behind Winston (366) and McCarron (112).
-- The Midwest vote went as follows: 1) Winston 2) Lynch 3) McCarron 4) Williams 5) Mason 6) Manziel. Lynch finishing second here wasn't surprising but McCarron garnering a lot of support in the region, to me, was.
-- The Far West is the only one of the six regions to vote the candidates in the order of finish. Again, McCarron and Lynch got a lot of love out West. Williams, competing with Washington's Bishop Sankey and Stanford's Tyler Gaffney, I suspect, didn't do so hot.