By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 13th, 2014 at 7:41 PM EST
Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon already has one game left before he leaves for the NFL Draft. Yet, before he leaves the collegiate ranks, he made a stop in New York City as a member of the Heisman finalists.
Gordon is the first Wisconsin running back to attend this prestigious award since 2011. That year, Montee Ball attended the award ceremony, and finished fourth as Robert Griffin III won the award.
On Wednesday, Gordon announced that he would leave for the NFL draft. Before he leaves, he made it clear that he would like for the playoff format to expand it.
“I think they should [increase it to 8 teams],” Gordon said. “That also means the season goes longer. That also affects us academically.”
The junior running back comes into this idle weekend with 2,336 yards on 309 attempts. He also has 26 touchdowns.
He returns to the field on New Year’s Day in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. His Badgers team, which is ranked 17th, will face off against the 19th ranked Auburn Tigers.
His final conference game was against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Conference Championship game last week. In that game, the Badgers lost 59-0.
When asked what he thought of the Buckeyes facing the Alabama Crimson Tide, he did not give an answer supporting either team.
“I just want to see a good game,” Gordon added. “I just want the teams to ball out. The seniors should go out on top.”
This is the first-year of the college football playoff. The Buckeyes are the first Big Ten team to make the playoff after they jumped the TCU Horned Frogs and the Baylor Bears.
“I like it a lot,” Gordon mentioned. “It gives one-loss teams a chance to make it. TCU should have been in it, and that would have looked better for us. I think it really helps those one-loss teams.”