While college football fans get increasingly pumped with the first Saturday of the 2012 season on the horizon, Heisman hopefuls all across the nation are gearing up for a run at the trophy.
Both the experts' and oddsmakers' choices are in, and the overwhelming favorite this season is USC quarterback Matt Barkley.
After a brilliant 2011 campaign that saw the Trojans quarterback throw for 3,528 yards, 39 touchdowns and only seven interceptions, most expected the 21-year-old to make a leap to the NFL. But Barkley was seemingly motivated to walk away with two forms of hardware in 2012: the BCS national championship and Heisman Trophy.
Hoping to pull a page from 2011 Heisman winner Robert Griffin III's playbook and steal the trophy are a bunch of outstanding young prospects.
However, every year there are guys who get unnecessary and unrealistic Heisman hype.
Who are those guys this season? Follow along for seven preseason Heisman favorites you won't hear mentioned come midseason.
(Note: All odds are via Bovada.lv)