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Election Day edition.

Peter from State College, Pa., writes: I was wondering if you could explain why Manti Te’o gets so much love from the media while Michael Mauti is left out to dry. Mauti is better in most statistical categories (except INT’s) yet everyone feels Te’o is worthy of the Heisman. I just don’t understand it.

Adam Rittenberg: There are several forces in play here that unfortunately work against Mauti. To seriously be considered for the Heisman as a defensive player, you need to be on a team either in the national title hunt or the league title hunt.

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