Week 13 College Football Predictions: Heisman Trophy Candidates That'll Shine

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent INovember 26, 2011

Week 13 College Football Predictions: Heisman Trophy Candidates That'll Shine

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    The Heisman Trophy is now anyone’s game after two crazy weeks in college football. In those weeks, the teams ranks second, fourth, fifth, seventh and 12th all lost, and many of those teams had players trying to win the prestigious award.

    With no legitimate candidate coming out of top-ranked LSU, there is a massive race to get the trophy but only one can. Whoever does win it will need to have great games this week.

    Here are the five Heisman hopefuls that will shine in Week 13.

Trent Richardson

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    The Iron Bowl has produced some crazy results in recent years, but the best offensive player on the winning team has won the award the past two years. Richardson could very well continue that trend with a big game against the Tigers.

    Auburn ranks 98th in the country against the rush, so expect Richardson to get a lot of yards on Saturday and emerge as a front runner for the Heisman.

LaMichael James

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    With all of the chaos that took place in college football, LaMichael James is very much back in the race for the Heisman despite missing time due to injury.

    He is the only player in the country averaging over 140 yards per game on the ground, and his Ducks this weekend take on Oregon State, which ranks 83rd against the run.

    He should have another big game and could earn himself a trip to New York City.

David Wilson

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    Virginia Tech’s star running back is third in the nation in total yards rushing and still has yet to have a true breakout game. Wilson always comes to play against the toughest opponents, and he’ll have a great opportunity to do it against the smaller, injury-riddled defensive front of Virginia.

    The Cavaliers allowed 186 yards on the ground to a mediocre Florida State team last week and looked particularly weak against runs to the outside where Wilson thrives.

    This has big game written all over it for him.

Robert Griffin III

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    Texas Tech has one of the worst defenses in all of college football, and Baylor has been putting up a boatload of points in recent weeks, with Griffin really being the only reason why.

    With his amazing game against Oklahoma last week, he may have asserted himself as the front runner for the award. In this year’s race, a couple of performances that come close to what he did to the Sooners could lock up the award for him.

Matt Barkley

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    Barkley made his case last week that he was the best quarterback in the Pac-12 above Andrew Luck. He was wildly efficient and beat Oregon at home whereas Luck couldn’t do it when the Ducks went on the road.

    Barkley hasn’t been in the national spotlight much this season because of the sanctions at USC, but it is squarely on him now.

    With the next game coming against UCLA, it could not come at a better time because the Bruins defense doesn’t rank in the top half of the country. It should be another big performance for him.