Mike Downey has to be kidding. Rodney Peete as the Heisman Trophy front-runner? What a joke.
Aikman can match numbers or big games with Peete right down the line and come out ahead.
Through 9 games, Aikman has completed 64.3% of his passes for 2,147 yards. He has thrown for 21 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions.
Through 8 games, Peete has completed 62.7% of his passes for 1,879 yards. He has managed 14 touchdowns with 8 interceptions.
Looking at big games versus the top two teams from the Big Eight, Aikman led the Bruins to a whipping of Nebraska, while Peete was merely in the stadium as the Trojan defense beat Oklahoma. Proof? Aikman tossed 3 touchdown passes with 1 interception against the Cornhuskers as UCLA won, 41-28.
Peete had zero touchdowns and 1 interception versus the Sooners. SC cashed in 2 Oklahoma turnovers inside the 20 and won despite Peete, 23-7.
In the immortal words of Mike Downey (Nov. 2): So, come on now, who's the Heisman favorite here? Believe me, it's not Rodney Peete.