Michigan States’ offense has been putrid at times this season, but now several college football media outlets believe the Spartans are completely hopeless.
To add fuel to the flames, ESPN.com no longer has Michigan State football running back Le’Veon Bell on its 2012 Heisman watch list. CBS Sports has removed Bell from Heisman consideration as well, but still names him as an “other player to watch.” It’s ridiculous to think that Bell has been ineffective completely this year.
Bell, through four games, is only 338 yards away from tying the amount of rushing yards he had in 2011—948 yards. Let me repeat, he has done this through only four games this season. You could argue that he is roughly one and a half games away from tying that amount, so barring any kind of long-term injury, Bell should not only eclipse last season’s rushing total, but blow that number out of the water.
Michigan State only has one loss and it makes no sense to kick him out of the Heisman race after only posting 70 and 77 yards, respectively, against Central Michigan and Notre Dame. The Spartans were able to handle Central Michigan early and Bell’s services weren’t needed in that game. Notre Dame was a better opponent against the Spartans two weeks ago, yes, I agree with that. However, that shouldn’t really mean anything in the grand scheme of things as far as the Heisman goes. 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III lost three games last season, and he also looked mediocre against a few highly-ranked opponents.
What I’d like to say to Heisman watch lists world-wild is not so fast, my friends, Bell isn’t out of this race just quite yet.
Big Ten news tidbits
According to multiple reports, Penn State tight end Paul Jones has left the Nittany Lions football program for personal reasons.
Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball expects to play against Nebraska Saturday, stating that he has “no doubt” that he will play, says the Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel. Last weekend Ball suffered a head injury against UTEP.