Halfway through the month of November, we've reached the point in the Heisman race where dark-horse candidates no longer exist. For the few players with a hat still in the ring, it's all about strengthening their overall resumes.
It's easy to look at a player's statistics and compare them against somebody else's, but the Heisman Trophy merits a little more discussion than looking at box scores. Make no mistake, numbers are incredibly important, but there are plenty of current players capable of putting up eye-popping stats.
Beyond what a player does well, it's also important to look at his weaknesses and determine how they stack up against those of another candidate. For the purposes of this discussion, we're not going to list "doesn't play in the fourth quarter very often" as a weakness. It's a cheap way of trying to hide a compliment, and many of the top candidates face that situation every week from blowouts.
Remember, too, that this isn't about who might be the best player in the NFL, so a quality like arm strength doesn't hold much weight.
Now let's take a look at the pros and cons of the top five Heisman Trophy candidates, per ESPN's Heisman Watch.
All stats via ESPN.