Heisman Trophy Watch 2010: Did Kellen Moore Rise With Cam Newton Off?

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2010

Heisman Trophy Watch 2010: Did Kellen Moore Rise With Cam Newton Off?

0 of 10

    Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images

    Kellen Moore or Cameron Newton: Who wins the Heisman Trophy?

    This college football season is coming to an end, and now is the time to start seriously talking about bowl games, championships and of course the top Heisman Trophy contenders.

    Cameron Newton has been the most talked about player in college football this season, and for weeks, he was considered a shoe-in for the Heisman.

    But recent allegations surrounding Newton's eligibility have cast a dark cloud over Auburn football, and Newton may have lost his chance at winning college football's highest honor.

    So who are the top Heisman Trophy hopefuls?

    Here is a list of the top 10 players to keep your eye on as we wrap up this season.

10. Denard Robinson

1 of 10

    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    This one might be a long shot, but Denard Robinson is still in the running for the Heisman Trophy.

    The Michigan Wolverines aren't exactly the cream of the crop this season with their 7-4 record that puts them seventh in the Big Ten.

    But Denard Robinson has been one of the most exciting players in college football.

    During Saturday's loss to the Wisconsin Badgers, Robinson set new NCAA records with his passing and rushing yardage, and he could be a serious contender for the Trophy.

9. Terrelle Pryor

2 of 10

    David Purdy/Getty Images

    As an Ohio State Buckeyes fan, I would love for Terrelle Pryor to win the Heisman Trophy.

    But as a knowledgeable college football fan, I don't think he deserves it.

    Pryor is a fantastic athlete, but he still needs some serious grooming before we start handing him the Heisman.

    He is still in the race, but he will probably need to wait until next season.

8. Colin Kaepernick

3 of 10

    Ethan Miller/Getty Images

    The Nevada Wolf Pack may not be the top team on everyone's college football radar this season, but maybe they should be.

    With only one loss this season, this team could be the only real threat to the Boise State Broncos' perfect record, and they have quarterback Colin Kaepernick to thank.

    Kaepernick's quarterback rating has been in triple digits for every game this season (even in that loss to Hawaii), and he has 35 touchdowns on the season (19 passing and 16 rushing).

    This senior has been phenomenal for the past four years, and he definitely deserves some serious credit.

7. Ryan Broyles

4 of 10

    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    This junior wide receiver out of Oklahoma is one of the Sooners' most valuable weapons.

    Broyles has had 106 receptions for 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, and that means he averages about 12 yards per reception. 

    The Sooners may need another year or so to develop back into a powerhouse team, but Broyles is one of the best receivers in the nation.

6. Andy Dalton

5 of 10

    George Frey/Getty Images

    The undefeated TCU Horned Frogs are the No. 3 team in the nation, and senior quarterback Andy Dalton has played a crucial role in this offense.

    Sure, TCU is known for its defense, but Dalton lit up the then No. 5 Utah Utes by completing 21 of 26 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns.

    He then went on to add another 240 yards and four touchdowns the next week against San Diego State.

    Dalton is a great leader and one heck of a football player.

5. Justin Blackmon

6 of 10

    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Justin Blackmon has been one of the most consistent receivers in college football this season.

    He has put up at least 125 yards and at least one touchdown in every single game he has played this season, and he averages about 16 yards per reception.

    The only "off game" that Blackmon has had all season was against Kansas State...

    Because he was suspended.

    And was it a coincidence that this was the Cowboys' lowest-scoring game all season?

    I don't think so.

4. LaMichael James

7 of 10

    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    The Oregon Ducks are the No. 1 team in the nation, and they have arguably the most explosive offense in college football.

    Aside from the Ducks' last game against Cal, this offense has put up at least 42 points per game all season.

    Sophomore running back LaMichael James has accounted for at least one touchdown in every game he has played (again, excluding Cal).

    He's strong. He's fast. And he's only a sophomore!

3. Andrew Luck

8 of 10

    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    If I were a Heisman voter, Andrew Luck would get my vote.

    This kid is just phenomenal.

    He has taken this Stanford team to a completely different level with his intelligence and accuracy, and after watching Luck tear apart Cal this weekend, I would say that he has to be a top three contender for the Heisman.

2. Kellen Moore

9 of 10

    Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images

    The Boise State Broncos have been making some serious noise this season as continue to crush every single opponent on their schedule, and junior quarterback Kellen Moore has been the "it" factor on the Boise State offense.

    Moore has thrown only five interceptions all season, and he averages about 292 passing yards per game!

    Whatever "it" is, Kellen Moore has it.

1. Cameron Newton

10 of 10

    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Until current eligibility allegations are proven to be more than just hearsay, Cameron Newton is the most talented player in college football.

    He is one of the best overall athletes the sport has ever seen, and he has led the Auburn Tigers to the No. 2 spot in the nation.

    Newton's real test will come in this season's Iron Bowl as the Tigers try to stay undefeated against the Alabama Crimson Tide, but if he can pull off a win over the former BCS national champions, Newton should win the Heisman Trophy.