The 2010-2011 Heisman Trophy Power Rankings: The Race Has Began

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The 2010-2011 Heisman Trophy Power Rankings:  The Race Has Began
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The Heisman Trophy

The Heisman Trophy is the summit of the College Football Universe.  The bronzed trophy is anthropomorphically characterized by all of it's former winners.  When one sees the trophy, it's hard not to think of Desmond Howard striking the pose.  Summarized shortly, it is a chance for an individual to live forever.

Last season, Mark Ingram astounded the nation, completely overshadowing the senior campaigns of Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Ndamukong Suh, on a path to glory.  Ingram would become only the third sophomore in trophy history.  More astonishing, is that Ingram was the first player in Alabama University's storied history to achieve this honor.

80% of all Heisman winners this decade have been quarterbacks, so it stands to reason that a quarterback will win again.  However, Mark Ingram was able to overcome the odds, so why can't that happen again?  The one pattern that is impossible to ignore, however, is that the last three winners have all been sophomores; the only three sophomores in trophy history.  Is that pattern fated to continue?

Each week, I will present my power rankings for the top ten Heisman candidates.  Of course, it goes without saying I don't have a single thread of importance in accordance of electing a winner.  The Heisman Trophy has been awarded seventy-five times, and this year, a seventy-sixth will be recorded.  Will a first-time program host it's first winner?  Will a storied program have another chapter added to it's legacy?  Only time will tell.

I've taken dozens of candidates for the Heisman Trophy, and each week I will present them in the order that I rank them.  If a new candidate should emerge, he will be added to the list and tracked retroactively.  For now, let's get a look at week three's top ten.

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