If you ask the question, "Who is college football's best player?" The answer is simple: Cam Newton. But, if you ask the question, "Who is going to win the Heisman Trophy?" Then you might have another answer.
Newton is having a record breaking year, and one that will go down in history no matter how you look at it. Despite the year he is having on the field, the question of his off-the-field circumstance still leaves the debate for the Heisman open.
Do you vote for Newton? Some say yes, as long as he is considered eligible. But, some say no, because they ultimately feel that he will be declared ineligible, and they don't want another Reggie Bush, vacated Heisman situation.
As for me, I don't have a vote, and for the sake of this argument, I'm going to leave Newton off. He is hands down the best player, but, there is no doubt that something illegal went on with his recruitment.
Soon enough, I think he'll be considered ineligible. As for now, these are the players that are left with a chance to go to New York.
4. Andrew Luck
Stanford Cardinal 10-1, BCS Ranking No. 6
2746 Yards, 24 Touchdowns, 7 Interceptions, 163 Passer Rating
The Stanford Cardinal are quietly one of the best teams in the country, with their only loss coming to the current BCS No. 1, Oregon Ducks. Luck is a big reason for the Cardinal success. He is the best NFL style quarterback, but he also has the ability to scramble and gain extra yards when all the receivers are covered.
With Newton and Moore ahead of him, Luck's best hopes for the Heisman is an invite to New York. Luck may not win the trophy this year, but he will win the award for the biggest paycheck next year when the NFL comes calling, and he becomes the top pick in the 2011 draft.
Oregon Ducks 10-0, BCS Ranking No. 1
1422 Yards, 18 Touchdowns
The best argument for James is that he is the best player on the best team, and unfortunately that wins the award sometimes—just look at Mark Ingram last year.
Ingram won the award because Alabama was in first, not because he was the best player in the country. Anyone that knows football knows that Suh and Gerhart were much better players and more important to their respective teams.
The argument against James is similar to Ingram, he is good, and he is on the best team, but is he really the best player in the country? I'm not buying it.
James should win the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back, and you'll have no argument from me. I just don't think he's the best player overall.
2. Justin Blackmon
Oklahoma State 10-1, BCS Ranking No. 9
1560 Yards, 18 Touchdowns
James and Blackmon have nearly identical stats, and they both have one blemish on their record with a DNP—did not play' due to suspension. The difference between the two is Blackmon has meant more to his team, helping Oklahoma State go from unranked in the preseason to a top ten BCS team.
Not to mention, Blackmon has put up the same numbers as James while playing wide receiver. James has carried the ball 225 times, while Blackmon has only touched the ball 100 times.
While James is one part of a great offense, Blackmon is the reason his offense is so great. For all these reasons, Blackmon is ahead of James on this list.
1. Kellen Moore
Boise State Broncos 10-0, BCS Ranking No. 3
2921 Yards, 28 Touchdowns, 5 Interceptions, 189 Passer Rating
Kellen Moore has Boise State playing the best football in the country. They are rolling and deserve a chance to play for the national championship.
If you argue that the Heisman should go to the best player on the best team, then Moore deserves it.
If you think that the Heisman should go to the most valuable player, then Moore deserves it.
If you think that the Heisman should go to the best leader, then Moore deserves it.
Fresno State had no answer for Moore or the Broncos, and if they can keep rolling next week against No. 18 Nevada, and if any more news comes out against Newton, then the award should go to Moore, he deserves it.
Problem is, the award doesn't necessarily go to the guy who deserves it most. Just look at last year.