College Football: 5 Favorites to Win the 2012 Heisman Trophy

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College Football: 5 Favorites to Win the 2012 Heisman Trophy
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USC Quarterback Matt Barkley is a preseason favorite to win the most prestigious award in college football

Spring practices are done and our eyes are set on September. Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck have taken their talents to the NFL leaving the race for the 2012 Heisman Trophy wide open.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley enters the campaign as a favorite. He comes from a school with a rich tradition of producing award winners. He appears primed to put up gaudy passing stats, which the voters love.

However, he's far from a lock. LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was a finalist for the award in 2011 and will draw heavy consideration as will Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, another 2011 finalist. Or could this year's winner come out of nowhere, much like RGIII did a year ago?

Sure it's only April, but it's never too early to speculate about who will win the Heisman.

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