College football's Week 9 is a key time for the Heisman Trophy hopefuls. With the race heating up, players can no longer afford to have a bad game if they want to have a serious shot at the bronze statue.
The current front-runner, Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton, has a hefty lead, but there are plenty of players still in the thick of this race.
We're breaking down 10 of the players who could make a major move closer to the trophy, analyzing what they've done to get to this point, how they can boost their standing this week, and how much their efforts in Week 9 can do for them. The more they can boost their profile, the higher they are on the list. Simple, right?