One of the most famous court cases in history and his becoming a tabloid fixture in the years since tainted O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy win beyond measure. But in terms of the award's history, he holds a place that no one's ever been able to match.
In 1968, the USC running back won by 1,750 points, a record that still stands. To be fair, there were 1,200 ballots that year compared to the 930 that will be sent out for this season's vote, but Simpson's margin of victory remains the standard.
Others have come close -- and underscoring the degree of difficulty with the pared down number of votes -- Troy Smith took a record 91.6 percent of all possible points and still fell 88 points shy of Simpson when the Ohio State quarterback won in 2006.
We finally have a season, a race and a runaway leader that could challenge Simpson (along with Smith's mark) in Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa.
It's to the point where it's almost impossible to make a case for anyone else to be atop a ballot. In all likelihood, there will be dissenters, and expecting a unanimous winner to populate the top spot in all 930 is simply ludicrous. But you have to manufacture a reason to look elsewhere, and even if Tagovailoa has a bad game or two, that may still be the case.
When Smith last challenged Simpson, the landscape was different as his chief rival, Arkansas' Darren McFadden was a sophomore a year before that glass ceiling was broken by Tim Tebow. Nonetheless, nine other players received at least one first-place vote, and nine earned more than one, with McFadden taking 45 of them.
Can anyone look at the dominance of Tagovailoa -- best illustrated in his ranking fifth in FBS in points responsible for (180) the leader in yards per game (565.6) and points (51.3) despite his attempting one pass in the fourth quarter all season -- and think nine other players will rank No. 1 on a ballot?
The drama has unquestionably been sucked out of this race, but what we may well see over the next month is history -- history that has long seemed unmatchable -- unfolding before our eyes.
As we look at the players who are rising and falling in what has become a chase for second place, here's where the Forecaster sees things stacked up heading to Week 11.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama QB 2. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma QB 3. Will Grier, West Virginia QB
John David MercerJohn David Mercer-USA TODAY Spor
ON THE RISE: Gardner Minshew, Washington State QB
For the first time since they debuted in the Top 25, Washington State will be paying in the daylight hours on the East Coast, a key element in the push for Minshew to generate a nation-wide following. Also key? The FBS leader with 3,517 yards and who is tied with Tagovailoa with 27 touchdown passes, Minshew gets a crack at a Colorado defense that's allowed 350 yards to Arizona's Khalil Tate and 310 to Oregon State's Jake Luton amid a four-game losing streak.
James SnookJames Snook-USA TODAY Sports
ON THE RISE: Will Grier, West Virginia QB
In terms of Heisman Moments, Grier had one of the top entries of the season in his game-tying 33-yard TD pass to Gary Jennings against Texas -- a throw that he made off his front foot -- last Saturday. One of the few players with a realistic chance to finish directly behind Tagovailoa, Grier will face a TCU defense that's allowed nine TD passes to zero interceptions in four games against ranked opponents this season.
Bethany HockerBethany Hocker-USA TODAY Sports
ON THE RISE: Shea Patterson, Michigan QB
As the Wolverines continue to be the Big Ten's flag bearer in the College Football Playoff hunt, rising up to No. 4 in the latest rankings, look for Patterson to keep building buzz of his own. Since the narrow win on the road vs. Northwestern, the Ole Miss transfer has thrown one interception with nine total TDs and averaged 232 yards of offense. He should get little resistance this week against Rutgers, whose defense is ranked 82nd or higher in six major statistical categories, including total defense (82nd), rushing defense (120th) and red zone defense (91st).
Rick OsentoskiRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
FALL GUYS: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State QB
Haskins is coming off a season-low completion percentage in a closer-than-anyone-expected victory over Nebraska in Columbus. The good news is that he and the Buckeyes' CFP hopes remain intact, but only two Power 5 programs have more interceptions at home than Michigan State's nine, and Haskins and Co. are about to head up to East Lansing to take on the Spartans. Mark Dantonio's defense has faced its fair share of standout QBs at home too in Utah State's Jordan Love, Northwestern's Clayton Thorson, Purdue's David Blough and the Wolverines' Patterson.
Joseph MaioranaJoe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
FALL GUYS: McKenzie Milton, UCF QB
This isn't about Milton, exactly, though everything UCF is in some way shape or form about its QB. Last week, with a Thursday night spotlight all to the Knights, they needed Milton to be spectacular yet again as he totaled 331 yards and four scores in dodging Temple. The problem, though, is that in the last three games UCF has needed a second-half comeback to keep its unbeaten streak alive. Milton isn't responsible for his team's defense, which gave up 670 yards to the Owls, but in turn, that kind of outing hurts his team's standing with the CFP Selection Committee. Case in point, the Knights remained 12th in the latest rankings, behind a Kentucky team that lost by 17 to Georgia last weekend. Those defense efforts also doesn't elicit much confidence with 8-1 Cincinnati and 7-2 USF still to come, not to mention this week's opponent, Navy, which despite having just two wins, remains a force on the ground (third in FBS at 286.9 ypg) and that's a sore spot for UCF (94th vs. the rush at 188.3 ypg).
Reinhold MatayReinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
FALL GUYS: Travis Etienne, Clemson RB
Etienne, like a lot of individuals wearing Clemson orange, had a monster day in the rout of Louisville. He averaged 19.1 yards on his eight carries, which equates to 153 yards -- his first triple-digit day in nearly a month -- and he hit the end zone once. Sitting just two yards away from 1,000 with a savory matchup against No. 22 Boston College, momentum figures to be in Etienne's favor, though sharing the Mid-Atlantic voting region with West Virginia's Grier doesn't help. Etienne deserves attention as the most logical contender on Dabo Swinney's roster, but as other challengers consistently put up number week-to-week, it's becoming hard to get too stoked for the case of an RB that is some 400 yards off the national rushing lead.