In the same way that it’s never too early to start working on filing your tax return, it’s never too early to start projecting the Heisman Trophy candidates.
Seriously, it’s fun to start talking about who might win the next Heisman even before the guys in New York City have mounted the podium to award the current bronze prize.
In honor of this proactive approach to college football’s most coveted individual award, the following slideshow power ranks the top 10 Heisman Trophy candidates for 2013.
In taking a look ahead at next season’s short list, it’s important to remember that winning the Heisman isn’t just a simple matter of being the best player in the game, it’s all about timing and big wins.
Indeed, you can be a guy on the short list or the longer list, but if you don’t play for a team that has won some big games or lots of them, then your Heisman campaign is likely to end before it even gets started.
To illustrate, it’s pretty safe to say that if Texas A&M Johnny Manziel hadn’t have led the Aggies to a win over then-No. 1-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 10, then he more than likely wouldn’t have become the first freshman Heisman winner in history.