The 2012 Heisman Trophy race has failed to produce a runaway winner. Every time it looked like one player might start to pull away from the pack, whether it be Geno Smith or Collin Klein, they would fade back to the pack.
It gives Heisman voters a lot of options and just as much flexibility when filling out their ballots. Don't be surprised if that causes a spread-out vote, leading to a very close race between a handful of candidates once the dust settles.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel are the candidates with the most buzz right now. Players hoping to leapfrog that duo in the voters' minds better make a major impact this weekend, but not all of them will get that chance.
Let's take a look at Te'o, Manziel and the other top contenders for the Heisman that should appear on the most ballots when they are tallied up next week.