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Two web sites _ Heismanpundit.com and Stiffarmtrophy.com _ that have been near perfect in projecting the winners over the last decade _ both peg Griffin as a comfortable winner.

He tries not to pay attention to the prognosticators.

“Facebook goes crazy with that type of stuff,” he said.

“But you just try to block it out. Like I said, you’re supposed to be nervous, you’re supposed to not feel like you’re owed anything and if you’re name is called, you stand up and you forget you’re speech.”