College Football Rankings 2011: The Top Heisman Candidates from the AP Poll
The AP Preseason Poll was released on Saturday with Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon grabbing the top three spots in the same order they appeared in the Coaches Poll two weeks ago.
What do these three teams have in common?
All of the have serious Heisman candidates. Landry Jones in Oklahoma, Trent Richardson in Alabama and LaMichael James and Darron Thomas in Oregon.
There's more to it than that, but it's no coincidence that most of the top teams in the nation have someone expected to be a contender for the Heisman.
Stanford's Andrew Luck is not only a favorite to win the Heisman, he's also a near-lock to be the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Auburn's Michael Dyer were two of the top freshman running backs in the nation last year and both are expected to take major leaps in their sophomore seasons.
Boise State wouldn't have a shot at a BCS berth if it wasn't for quarterback Kellen Moore. Same goes for Justin Blackmon and at Oklahoma State.
Who emerges with college football's most-coveted individual player award remains a mystery that will unfold throughout the season, but as is the case with most sports, star power goes a long way in power rankings.
|1||Oklahoma (Big 12)|
|5||Boise State (Mountain West)|
|6||Florida State (ACC)|
|8||Texas A&M (Big 12)|
|9||Oklahoma State (Big 12)|
|10||Nebraska (Big Ten)|
|11||Wisconsin (Big Ten)|
|12||South Carolina (SEC)|
|13||Virginia Tech (ACC)|
|14||TCU (Mountain West)|
|16||Notre Dame (Independent)|
|17||Michigan State (Big Ten)|
|18||Ohio State (Big Ten)|
|20||Mississippi State (SEC)|
|21||Missouri (Big 12)|
|24||West Virginia (Big East)|
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