Unfortunately for his supporters, a return trip to the ranks of the BCS Bowls does not guarantee the Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback a trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony. In fact, the trip to a BCS game will likely not be the determining factor in whether the senior becomes a finalist for the prestigious award.
Northern Illinois pulled ahead of the Fresno State Bulldogs in the most recent BCS Standings. This move puts the Huskies in the driver's seat when it comes to the automatic bid for non-BCS teams and will help push Lynch's campaign into the spotlight. Viewers will tune in to see if the Huskies can finish undefeated for the second regular season in a row.
And, in doing so, folks will get a chance to see Lynch in motion. The senior has put up big numbers all season. He is No. 6 overall in total offense per CFB Stats and the only player in the top five with over 1,000 rushing yards. With a BCS Bowl on the horizon, people will again get acquainted with Northern Illinois.
However, the BCS Bowl push is not what is going to get Lynch to New York City. In fact, the Jordan Lynch for Heisman Campaign's biggest win this weekend was not the BCS surge, but rather the failures of other candidates. Most notably, Bryce Petty looking subpar in Stillwater, Marcus Mariota going down to Arizona and Johnny Manziel playing terribly in Baton Rouge.
As Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston plays amid an ongoing investigation, the once-robust field has been culled as the season ends. The nation is looking for new candidates to push for the award and, as players near the top of the food chain burn campaigns to the ground, Lynch has emerged from the ashes.
Lynch is not the only "new" candidate to emerge, as Dave Miller of the Football Post points out. Boston College's Andre Williams is getting push as a quality back on a 6-4 Eagles team. He is a player that no one would have suggested in recent years, but as big names fall by the wayside, someone has to step up.
Enter Jordan Lynch.
A BCS Bowl berth is not going to get Jordan Lynch to New York City. Rather, it will be folks looking at the candidates and deciding that Lynch is as deserving as the bigger name candidates, or perhaps more so as College Football Talk's Kevin McGuire mentioned.
Lynch needs people to continue to fall by the wayside, to eliminate themselves. He needs the college football winds to keep big-name candidates, such as Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Alabama's AJ McCarron, to a minimum. With two weeks to go in the season, the trip to NYC is within Lynch's grasp.
Now, with Lynch climbing ever closer to the finalists list, the onus is on the Huskeis' senior to not follow in the footsteps of Petty, Manziel and Mariota before him.