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Aikman Has to Be the Heisman Favorite

November 12, 1988

Mike Downey has to be kidding. Rodney Peete as the Heisman Trophy front-runner? What a joke.

Troy Aikman is, hands down, the best college football player this year. Aikman is the best quarterback since John Elway.

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.

MIKE BARTLETT

Camarillo

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