With three of last season's four finalists for the Heisman Trophy returning in 2011, at first glance, it may appear that a familiar name will take home this year's award.
Boise State's Kellen Moore, Stanford's Andrew Luck and Oregon's LaMichael James all should put up huge numbers as they look for a return trip to New York in December.
Other favorites like Alabama's Trent Richardson, Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon are household names who are expected to make a run at college football's most prestigious individual award.
However, when you consider that the last two winners (Auburn's Cam Newton last year and Alabama's Mark Ingram in 2009) were preseason long-shots at best, it appears more likely that a new name or two will emerge by season's end.
With this list of guys who could surface in this year's race, I tried to be creative and realistic.
Creative in the sense of picking players who are under the radar nationally (sorry Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III, and Marcus Lattimore) and realistic with teams that have a chance for success on the big stage (ditto, T.Y. Hilton).
Here are five dark-horse Heisman candidates you need to see.