Sports Metric of the Week: Predicting the 2015 Heisman Trophy Winner

All NCAA Football conference championships concluded this past weekend, meaning the regular season has come to an end, and the sport will now transition to an array of bowl games beginning on December 19th.

Prior to the commencement of college football’s postseason, the sport will crown the 2015 Heisman Trophy Winner, one of the most prestigious individual honors in all of sports.

In what has turned into a “two-horse race,” running backs Derrick Henry (University of Alabama) and Christian McCaffrey (Stanford University) seem to be the clear front-runners.

The major statistical discrepancies between the two are McCaffrey’s 3,496 all-purpose yards, an NCAAF single-season record and a 40.4% increase over Henry’s clip in that category.

Henry, on the other hand, found the end zone 23 times this season, tying the SEC record for rushing touchdowns in a season, and currently holds a 43.5% increase over McCaffrey’s 13 total TD’s.

Alabama’s spot in the college football playoffs and Henry’s ability to produce these numbers against dominant SEC defenses make him the favorite heading into Saturday’s ceremony in New York City.

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