ARGUMENTS FOR COLEMAN OVER GORDON:
1. Coleman had 228 yards and three touchdowns against Ohio State, in a road game. Gordon had 76 yards and zero touchdowns against Ohio State, on a neutral field.
2. Coleman faced the top three rush defenses in the Big Ten. Gordon didn't play any of the top four, and he had nearly 1,400 yards against teams in the bottom half of the Big Ten.
3. Coleman accomplished what he did at Indiana, a school that has always struggled in football.
The Heisman Trust chose to go with only three finalists this season: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. There were six finalists for the award a year ago. The Heisman Trophy presentation will take place on Saturday night in New York City.
Coleman rushed for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior this season. He became the 18th player in FBS history to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in a season. Wisconsin's Gordon also accomplished the feat this year.
Coleman averaged 7.5 yards per carry and rushed for at least 100 yards in all but one game. He had games of 247 yards against Indiana State, 307 yards against Rutgers, and 228 yards against Ohio State. Coleman had three touchdowns against the Buckeyes, who make the College Football Playoff. Gordon didn't score a single touchdown against Ohio State in the Big Ten title game last Saturday.
Coleman also caught 25 passes for 141 yards.
Mariota is widely considered the favorite to win the award, but Coleman should have been named a finalist. He accomplished something this season that only 17 other players have ever done, and it did it on a team without a reliable quarterback for much of the year. It's not surprising, but disappointing nevertheless.