This will be the final regular season post regarding rankings. I've been doing this all season long, with most of it on my old blog.
1. Cam Newton, Auburn, QB
Last Week vs. South Carolina: 17-of-28, 335 yards, 4 TD, 14 att., 73 yards, 2 TD
4. LaMichael James, Oregon, RB
Last Week vs. Oregon State: 28 att., 134 yards, 2 TD
5. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, WR
Under the Radar Candidates
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, QB
Andy Dalton, TCU, QB
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas, QB
Greg Salas, Hawaii, WR
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, QB
Bryant Moniz, Hawaii, QB
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State, QB
Landry Jones, Oklahoma, QB
Denard Robinson, Michigan, QB
Is there any doubt about who should be the leading Heisman candidate?
He won't win unanimously, but it could be the largest margin of victory ever.
I've seen plenty of writers voting for others, and they are usually questioning Newton's integrity when they choose not to put him at No. 1 on their ballot.
I don't think you would be seeing this if not for the Reggie Bush fiasco. It has certainly brought an interesting twist to the Heisman voting, and it is voters' right to do so. They aren't doing anything wrong by voting Moore, Luck or James as their No. 1 Heisman candidate.
There are several "sensationalist" writers who vote outside of Cam Newton to garner attention. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel is the first that comes to my mind. He even cited Newton's past troubles from his time at the University of Florida.
I'm fine with using integrity as a requirement, because it's supposedly part of being the Heisman Trophy winner—but what part of this game isn't corrupt these days?
My Top 25
6. Boise State
7. Virginia Tech
8. Ohio State
11. Michigan State
12. Texas A&M
17. Oklahoma State
19. Mississippi State
20. South Carolina
23. Florida State
24. Central Florida
25. San Diego State
I consider Utah and Missouri to be weakest links in the Top 25.
South Carolina dropped quite a bit, but it wasn't just the blowout loss to Auburn. They have really declined since the Alabama game.
Consider UConn and West Virginia in my Top 30. I haven't considered a Big East team all year, and I won't do it now just because it's time for bowl season. It's amazing to me that Temple beat UConn, yet the Owls are absent from a bowl game. UConn is playing in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, for the record. That's right...the unranked UConn Huskies.
I have enjoyed doing this. The bottom of the Top 25 has been a circus all season long with many teams coming and going, while the top half has remained virtually the same for most of the season—with the exception of a few changes at the top.
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