Christian McCaffrey Heisman Campaign Hurt by Late-Night Pac-12 Scheduling While at Stanford

By David Hayes
2015 Heisman Trophy Presentation
2015 Heisman Trophy Presentation /

During his time at Stanford, Christian McCaffrey rose to college football stardom in his sophomore season, amassing 2,664 yards from scrimmage to lead the nation that year. McCaffrey ultimately finished second in the 2015 Heisman Trophy race to then-Alabama Crimson Tide and current Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry.

With a final count of 1,832 to 1,539, McCaffrey was a ways behind Henry, however, one new detail revealed that the Carolina Panthers' star running back may not have been on an even playing field when the votes were tallied.

At least one Heisman voter admitted to not backing McCaffrey because he simply didn't stay up late enough to watch him play. That Heisman voter even reportedly said this to McCaffrey's face at the 2015 Heisman ceremony in New York as well.

With 87 percent of McCaffrey's snaps at Stanford taking place after 10:30 p.m. EST, according to The Athletic, the Pac-12 schedule could have seemingly played a part in the back missing out on college football's greatest honor. McCaffrey tallied 290 first-place votes, significantly behind Henry's 378.

The problem of late-night Pac-12 action isn't exclusive to hurting the conference's chances of producing a Heisman winner either, as many West Coast games have struggled to achieve the same TV ratings as their competition back east.

While it would be a stretch to say that this West Coast handicap cost McCaffrey the 2015 Heisman, it's hard to determine just how impactful an entire season of playing prime-time East Coast games could have had on his shot at winning the award.

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