Heisman Watch Week Three: Geno Smith, Denard Robinson dominate lesser competition

De’Anthony Thomas

It’s no small accomplishment that De’Anthony Thomas’s name is among Oregon’s leaders in both rushing and receiving week in and week out. But the regularity with which it occurs sometimes detracts from the sophomore’s shocking skill and ability.

The speedster did it again this weekend against Tennessee Tech, helping the Ducks coast to a 63-14 victory over the Golden Eagles. Thomas posted 62 yards rushing and 73 yards receiving on just six offensive touches. Who knows what kind of numbers Thomas could have posted with a few more touches. He’s certain to see more in the coming weeks, which could produce some thrilling highlights and statistics.

Denard Robinson

Denard Robinson has reemerged in a big way in the Heisman race, putting up two big games after a tough start to his 2012 campaign against Alabama. The seemingly perennial “September Heisman” has put his name in the mix once again after posting 291 yards and three touchdowns against UMass on Saturday to go with his 106 yards and one score on the ground against the Minutemen.

In a stumbling Big Ten conference, Denard Robinson might be provided with a chance to lead the Wolverines to a conference championship, which would certainly bolster any Heisman hope for the versatile quarterback. A nationally televised game against seemingly reinvigorated Notre Dame next weekend could do plenty, as well.

Matt Barkley

Stanford has never been kind to Matt Barkley, and it was especially crushing on Saturday. Barkley threw two picks and completed less than half of his passes against the Cardinal, bringing his Heisman candidacy down at least a few notches and severely threatening the Trojans hopes at a national title shot. Barkley’s 253 passing yards were fine, but unable to pocket that “Heisman moment” when given the chance late in the fourth quarter, Barkley is certain to lose plenty of support in this race.

Barkley is certainly not out of this race, as no real frontrunner other than the USC quarterback has emerged as of yet, but he will certainly have work to do.

Geno Smith

Geno Smith did every thing you might expect the West Virginia senior to do against a foe like FCS James Madison. He threw, he ran, and he helped the Mountaineers dismantle the Dukes, 42-12. Smith’s 411 yards through the air with five touchdowns was more than enough against James Madison, and again proves just what an offensive force the quarterback can be.

Of course, this was not the type of test that will truly find Smith’s viability as a Heisman candidate. Those matchups are to come, including a non-conference showdown with Maryland next week before West Virginia starts its inaugural Big 12 schedule against Baylor.

Montee Ball

Against a very game Utah State team, it was Montee Ball’s 39 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown that helped the Badgers survive another upset bid, and this one at home in Camp Randall Stadium. After a really rough outing against Oregon State, where he was held to 61 yards on the ground and without a touchdown, Ball is back in the Heisman conversation.

With the Big Ten schedule about to begin for the Badgers, Ball has a solid chance to return to the conversation and the national consciousness if he can string a few strong performances together in the coming weeks.

Braxton Miller

Seemingly flying under the radar as the quarterback of bowl-ineligible Ohio State, Braxton Miller has certainly made a forcible impact during his first three games of 2012. Against California in an intriguing non-conference game, Miller certainly put his name on plenty of radars, passing for 249 yards and four touchdowns against the Golden Bear defense.

Miller is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten, and despite the Buckeyes’ inability to contend for a national title, they could prove a huge thorn in other teams’ sides with Miller at the helm.

On The Radar:

Le’Veon Bell

A star of the first two weeks, both because of Michigan State’s return to the national conversation and strong performances, Bell was held in check against Notre Dame in the Spartan’s tough loss. Just 77 yards and no scores for the junior, but he’s not out of this yet.

Marcus Lattimore

Eighty-five yards and a score against UAB was strong for the junior Gamecocks tailback. Given the performances that were either sub par or against weaker competition on the national scale, anything can happen for Lattimore in the weeks to come.

2012 Preseason Heisman Watch: Robinson, Barkley, Lattimore Lead Loaded Class

Denard Robinson

Dual threat if there ever was one, Denard Robinson spent the better part of the last three seasons electrifying Wolverine fans up and down the field and around the country. Last season saw the junior rush for more than 1,000 yards while passing for more than 2,000 for the second straight season, the only player in NCAA history to reach those levels in two consecutive years. Those things alone place Robinson squarely in the Heisman conversation coming into the 2012 season.

Clearly, the stats are there to support a Heisman campaign, however, as has been the case in the past, concerns linger about Robinson’s ability as a complete passer. If he aspires to a Tim Tebow-like season (and the Heisman that could come with it), he must bring his production as a passer to a level that is commensurate with the best quarterbacks in the country. Robinson’s career 4:3 touchdown to interception ratio will simply not cut it if Robinson hopes to contend for the trophy this season.

Matt Barkley

Matt Barkley has been through a lot as USC’s quarterback. In 2011, the bowl-ineligible Trojans prospered from Barkley’s experience, finishing 10-2 as Barkley broke the Pac-12’s single-season passing touchdowns record and all the other things seemed to melt away. Faced now instead with hype and expectation similar to that of the USC-dominated mid-2000s, Barkley is the media’s preseason favorite for the award.

A junior season of 3,500 yards and 39 touchdowns will do that for any quarterback, let alone one also expected to lead a national title contending team of Trojans. Difficult games await USC in the deepening Pac-12, but if USC can stay in the national title race all season, Barkley is likely — at the very least — to stay in the Heisman conversation all year.

Marcus Lattimore

Few running backs enter their sophomore season with as much hype as Marcus Lattimore did in 2011. Coming off a 1,000-yard freshman rushing season against SEC defenses, Lattimore readied to contend for a Heisman trophy as a sophomore at South Carolina. It all seemed in place until the South Carolina running back tore his ACL against Mississippi State midway through his season.

Suddenly, Lattimore was out of the conversation and out of the national consciousness, but 2012 is a new year, and the back who electrified the SEC as an 18- and 19-year-old for 1,197 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns is back again to light Gamecocks opponents up. His 818 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games in 2011 isn’t exactly Heisman-winning pace, but playing under the bright lights of SEC football, Lattimore’s production is sure to put him in the conversation all season.

Montee Ball

In a conference prideful of the way its defenses make teams fight for every yard, Montee Ball certainly was worth his weight on the gridiron in 2011. Wisconsin’s star running back torched defenses for nearly 2,000 yards rushing and 39 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns — tying the all-time FBS record.

Though it will be difficult to match his record-breaking junior season, anything that approaches his 2011 output against an even stouter Big Ten crop of defenders will easily position Ball for a second selection as a Heisman finalist. Finishing fourth in last year’s Heisman balloting and then dropping the Rose Bowl to Oregon was probably not the finish Ball envisioned, but if the Badgers can continue an unprecedented run of success in 2012, expect Ball to stay on the national consciousness all season.

Geno Smith

Sure, 4,300 yards and 31 touchdowns in any FBS conference is impressive, but in Geno Smith’s case, those impressive numbers came against a Big East conference who’s national profile hasn’t often warranted its stars being recognized on a national and Heisman level in the last decade. Smith will play his last season with West Virginia in a new conference and get the chance to prove his worth all over again.

West Virginia moves to the Big 12 this year, and although not necessarily known for its defense (Cowboys, Wildcats, Sooners and Bears seem more of the offensive mind these days), the conference is certainly visible in a way the Big East often is not. With a stat line like the one he put up in 2011, the senior quarterback might just be able to give the Mountaineers not only with a chance for a return trip to the BCS, but also a shot at personal achievement — in this case, well-deserved consideration for the Heisman trophy.

Others to Watch

Landry Jones

Helmer of by no means bad, but underwhelming, Oklahoma teams in back-to-back years, senior quarterback Landry Jones has seen his preseason Heisman hype dissipate the last two years. Both years saw 4,400 or more passing yards, but no invite to NYC. Could more of the same in 2012 change that?

Tyler Wilson

If it’s possible, Tyler Wilson’s junior season as Arkansas’s quarterback — all 3,600 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 wins — was largely forgotten in the all-SEC title game bonanza. Though Arkansas again enters the season outside of the seemingly BCS-ensued preseason SEC top-two, Wilson certainly has a shot at some Heisman attention his senior season.

De’Anthony Thomas

From the moment De’Anthony Thomas hit the field during his first game as a Duck, it was clear he was a spark plug in the Duck mold — fast, efficient and great to watch. Racking up an even 1,200 yards of combined rushing and receiving in 2011, the freshman was a factor all over the field. Could he be even more in 2012?

AJ McCarron

A national champion quarterback has rarely been as unheralded as A.J. McCarron. Perhaps the perception belied the fact that Crimson Tide faithful widely lauded McCarron for his work in the title game despite the lack of eye-catching statistics. The junior’s 2012 season might have a little more attention turned its way.

Jadeveon Clowney

The honor of SEC Freshman of the Year hasn’t exactly turned into Heisman glory down the road for recent recipients, but that a defensive lineman received the honor is stark enough of a fact that Clowney should register on Heisman pundits radars all season. Many expect big things of the South Carolina sophomore, and delivering on them could spell some national attention.

2012 BCS AQ Conference Profile: Big Ten

BCS Know How is taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2012 season. Our easy-to-digest previews continue with the B1G Ten. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: Big Ten Conference (Big Ten, B1G)

Active Since: 1896

Current Member Schools:

Leaders Division: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Michigan Wolverines, Iowa Hawkeyes, Northwestern Wildcats, Michigan State Spartans, Minnesota Golden Gophers
Legends Division: Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Purdue Boilermakers, Wisconsin Badgers (12)

Bowl Affiliations: Rose Bowl (BCS), Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, TicketCity Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Gator Bowl (8)

2011 Results:
Conference Champion — Wisconsin Badgers
Conference Runner-up — Michigan State Spartans
BCS Bowl Results: 2012 Rose Bowl — Oregon 45 vs. Wisconsin 38; 2012 Sugar Bowl — Michigan 23 vs. Virginia Tech 20
Overall Bowl Record: 4-6
Heisman Vote Recipients: Wisconsin RB Montee Ball (Fourth Overall); Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson (Ninth Overall)

2012 Outlook: Variations in power within college football conferences are more than ordinary, they’re expected. It’s just the nature of the game these days. But with two league titles and Rose Bowl bids to match in the last two years, Wisconsin is on the verge of creating a more permanent shift. But Badgers beware, the 2012 Big Ten season is sure to put Wisconsin to the test.

After a victory in the conference’s inaugural conference title game, the Badgers were on their way to the BCS again, this time joined in the by Michigan, a surprising 10-2 squad with power to spare. Michigan State similarly provided fireworks at the end of the season, reaching the conference title game and a New Year’s Day bowl. Both look to build upon successful 2011 campaigns in 2012.

Expect traditional powers Nebraska and Ohio State to again rise to the challenge of this changing landscape. Nebraska will look to put its own fingerprints and smudges on the conference championship trophy. And don’t be too surprised if the bowl-ineligible Buckeyes are still able to make some noise under Urban Meyer.

With skill position players such as Denard Robinson, Montee Ball and Taylor Martinez highlighting the conference, this season might be everything the Big Ten could hope for.

Heisman Hopefuls: Michigan QB Denard Robinson, Wisconsin RB Monte Ball, Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead, Michigan State RB Le’Veon Bell, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller

BCS Know How’s 2012 Predictions:
Conference Champion — Wisconsin Badgers
Conference Runner-up — Michigan Wolverines
BCS bids: Wisconsin — Rose Bowl; Michigan — Fiesta Bowl
Heisman Finalists — Michigan QB Denard Robinson, Wisconsin RB Monte Ball

2011 Preseason Heisman Watch: Returning Stars Highlight Trophy Chase

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Trent Richardson

Back-up to a Heisman winner. Replacement for an injured Heisman winner. At times, out-performing a Heisman winner.

This was Trent Richardson’s 2010. What can he do to make 2011 even more special? Well compete for a Heisman of his own, of course.

As backup to Mark Ingram, Richardson’s profile was somewhat diminished at the beginning of last season, but this year, Richardson comes into the season with the gig and the hype to match.

Richardson hit the ground running at Alabama with a key performance in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, one that keyed the Crimson Tide’s victory over Texas. Now in 2011, the junior has a chance to lead his team all season, and with the national media electing Alabama as the preseason favorite for a return bid to BCS glory, Richardson will be squarely in the viewfinder of the media, in prime position for a Heisman run of his own.

Landry Jones

Sam Bradford’s shoulder and Landry Jones’s career will forever be linked. But with the right kind of 2011, Jones could see another link appear between the two Sooner legends — Heisman Trophy recipients.

Jones’s early days at Oklahoma were marked by his substitution for Bradford after rough hits against BYU and Texas in 2009. But ever since that Red River Rivalry game in ’09, the Sooners have been Jones’s team.

After an up-and-down 2011 for the senior that did result in a BCS bowl victory, Oklahoma’s first since 2002, but little Heisman consideration.

Expect that to change in 2011 as Jones and Oklahoma are favored to join Alabama in the national title game. If Jones is able to lead his Sooners to New Orleans in January, it would surprise no one to also see his face in New York in December.

LaMichael James

Speed, speed and more speed. That was Oregon’s offensive attack in 2010. Expect more of the same in 2011.

At the heart of this Duck plan of attack is of course LaMichael James, the speedster who finished 2010 with a nation’s-best 1,682 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns.

James will be the dangerous Pac-12 back everyone expects him to be, but will his national profile continue to be as large as it was while Oregon was on its way to a BCS National Championship Game berth? The answer to that question will be key to whether James can jump from a third-place finish in last year’s balloting for the Heisman to lifting the trophy come December.

Don’t be surprised to see James’s name atop many of those Heisman watch lists (this one included) if the Ducks can march back to the title game in 2011.

Andrew Luck

After Andrew Luck spent 2010 staking his claim as the nation’s best pro-style quarterback, the NFL called to Andrew Luck. With pro scouts drooling over Luck’s arm and intellect, he was projected as the year’s No. 1 overall pick.

But Luck wanted to stay in school. To many, it seemed foolish. But now, Luck returns to college football as the de facto favorite for the Heisman trophy in 2011 after finishing second to Cam Newton in 2010.

Luck will take on the new Pac-12 in 2011, but don’t expect different results. Luck is sure to once again pick apart the best the expanded conference can offer, and will be in the Heisman conversation for the long haul.

Did Luck make the right decision? Many might say no, unless Luck is to win the trophy. But don’t be surprised if he ends up doing just that.

Kellen Moore

Idaho is not exactly a bastion of quarterbacking legend. Rare is it that the nation’s premiere passer — and winner — resides in the state. But there Kellen Moore is, with just two losses to his name, a BCS bowl victory and all kinds of scintillating passing numbers.

Moore returns in 2011 as a household name of college football, ranked by the Sporting News as the very best college football player in the country. With that comes the expectation that on the iconic blue field he will once again make a run at the Heisman Trophy.

Moore spent much of last year near the top of Heisman watch lists, but never could quite push past the sheer domination of Cam Newton, the eventual trophy recipient. For his redshirt senior year, Moore will be at the top of the list again, but this time as the old guard — and to some the favorite.

His Boise State team is once again ranked in the top 10 in preseason balloting, and Moore will certainly look to break the Broncos into the national title discussion again. If he can finally break that barrier for the non-AQ schools, there will be no denying Moore’s place among the all-time great winners in college football history, and might just mean a Heisman is waiting in New York City for him.

Others to Watch

Matt Barkley

Now in his third year as the starter at USC, Barkley will look to lead the Trojans despite the postseason ban continuing as part of the NCAA sanctions against the school. A second year under the tutelage of Lane Kiffin might give the junior a better grasp on the offense, and a possible Heisman run may await.

Justin Blackmon

Blackmon did quite a number on Big 12 defenses last season, and returns in 2011 looking to do more. A DUI charge likely halted his Heisman hopes in 2010, but with a new season comes possibility for this junior.

Case Keenum

Injuries decimated Keenum’s run at a Heisman last season, but the gaudy passer in Houston’s air-attack offense is back for another year, and if he can withstand the injury bug, could put up numbers that will shock voters in considering the sixth-year senior.

Marcus Lattimore

A breakout freshman year in a Steve Spurrier offense did wonders for Lattimore’s national recognition, and helped South Carolina win the SEC East. Now in 2011, Lattimore, along with Richardson, is one of the premiere offensive players in the SEC. That’s been a good thing to say these past couple years — Cam Newton and Mark Ingram will tell you that — can Lattimore do more of the same?

Denard Robinson

Michigan’s dual-threat quarterback was all the rage in 2010 while his team was undefeated and Robinson looked like an early-season favorite for the award. The meat of the Big Ten schedule certainly returned Robinson to earth. Can 2011 be different for the dynamic athlete?

2011 BCS AQ Conference Profiles: Big Ten

Welcome to the 2011 college football season! BCS Know How will be taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences and five non-AQ conferences with profiles of each conference. We continue with the Big Ten. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other 10 conferences.

Conference: Big Ten Conference (Big Ten)

Active Since: 1896

Current Member Schools:

Leaders Division: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Michigan Wolverines, Iowa Hawkeyes, Northwestern Wildcats, Michigan State Spartans, Minnesota Golden Gophers
Legends Division: Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Purdue Boilermakers, Wisconsin Badgers.

Bowl Affiliations: Rose Bowl (BCS), Little Caesars Bowl, Insight Bowl, Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl, TicketCity Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Gator Bowl. (8)

2010 Results:
Conference Champion – Wisconsin
Conference Runner-up – Ohio State/Michigan State
BCS Bowl Results: 2011 Rose Bowl – TCU 21 vs. Wisconsin 19; 2011 Sugar Bowl – Ohio State 31 vs. Arkansas 26 (Vacated)
Overall Bowl Record: 3-5 (Ohio State’s victory was later vacated)
Heisman Vote Recipients: Michigan QB Denard Robinson (Sixth Overall)

2011 Outlook: If you were to ask a college football pundit to describe the Big Ten’s offseason in a single word, some variation of the word “tumultuous” would likely come up.

That’s what conference realignment, NCAA violations and coaching changes will bring you.

But with a newly redesigned conference (and logo) the 12-team Big Ten seems ready to move on, and move on with what they know how to do best — play some hard-nosed football.

Wisconsin, who surprised some with their Rose Bowl run last season, returns with an opportunity to stake their claim as a true power in the new conference, while teams like Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Penn State look to return to BCS glory of the past.

Ohio State will look to move past the off-season turmoil, and work toward the new Big Ten Conference Championship Game — possible because of the conference’s expansion to 12 teams.

The conference’s new power, Nebraska, will look to make a big statement in its first year in the conference while trying to fight off the best the “Leaders” and “Legends” have to offer to the Huskers.

2011 Heisman Hopefuls: Michigan QB Denard Robinson, Wisconsin RB James White, Wisconsin RB Monte Ball, Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins

BCS Know How’s 2011 Predictions:
Conference Champion – Wisconsin Badgers
Conference Runner-up – Michigan State Spartans
BCS bids – One: Wisconsin – Rose Bowl
Heisman Finalists – None

Heisman Watch Week Seven: Cam Newton Rises Above the Pack

Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor did not have what you might call a Heisman-type performance against Wisconsin on Saturday night.

Not that Pryor made the mistakes that doomed the Buckeyes to their shocking loss to Wisconsin just one week after assuming the No. 1 position in the nation, but he did nothing to give the Buckeyes that chance to come back and win.

And if the Buckeyes were to come back, it would have needed to be because of Pryor’s dominance. He just didn’t have it in him on Saturday night.

Pryor finished without any touchdowns and just 212 total yards.

Pryor’s Heisman candidacy is not dead, however the type of performance that the Buckeye quarterback put on against the Badgers will not be enough to even get him an invite to the award ceremony in December.

Many might see this as a regression to what Pryor has been the past few years — a disappointment. Pryor will have to do quite a bit in the coming weeks to prove those doubters wrong.

Cam Newton

We haven’t know Auburn quarterback Cam Newton for long, but its not hard to say that when we look back on his 2010 season, his performance against Arkansas on Saturday will go down as “vintage Cameron Newton.”

Newton did everything needed and more for a Tiger victory on Saturday in a Jordan-Hare Stadium environment that must have felt like attending an Arena Football League game.

The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense but when Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett unfortunately went out with an apparent concussion, it turned into the Cam Newton show.

The junior quarterback threw for 140 yards and a touchdown while running for 189 more on the ground and three scores in the Tigers’ 65-43 victory over the Razorbacks at home.

But Newton’s performance had another level of significance to it. In victory, the Tigers solidified themselves as BCS title contenders, and if Newton and Auburn can continue their upward progression, there’s no denying the legitimacy of Newton’s Heisman candidacy as the leader of a title-contending team.

Denard Robinson

What we saw against a very strong Iowa defense from Denard Robinson was promising.

Just a week after struggling against Michigan State, Robinson looked like Shoelace once again for moments against the Hawkeyes, but an injury put all of that out of mind for the Wolverine faithful and new-found Robinson fans on Saturday.

Trailing Iowa in the third quarter, Robinson was taken out of the game with an apparent arm injury and did not return to action. Backup Tate Forcier took over, but was unable to lead the Wolverines on the comeback trail and Michigan would eventually lose, 38-28.

Before he left, Robinson had thrown another costly interception early and was 13-for-18 passing, but for just 73 total passing yards.

Robinson did eclipse the 100-yard mark rushing once again on Saturday, but his performance was yet again underwhelming for someone hoping to make their way toward a Heisman Trophy.

If Robinson does return in Michigan’s next game — two weeks from now against Penn State — he will need to begin producing at the super-human level he was working at before Michigan’s first loss against Michigan State if he hopes to stay in the Heisman hunt.

Kellen Moore

National title favorites fall apart. Heisman favorites struggle at the strangest times. But Kellen Moore and Boise State just keep rolling along.

Once again, Boise State had no trouble dispatching its foe during a Saturday night WAC tussle, this time throttling San Jose State, 48-0. And once again, Kellen Moore was not needed to play the whole game, yet compiled just enough of a stat line to stay right in the thick of the Heisman race.

Moore finished his night with yet another mistake-free performance, passing for two touchdowns and 218 yards on 13-of-16 passing.

Expect more of the same from Moore in the coming weeks against the likes of Louisiana Tech, Hawaii and Idaho. Moore will likely come in, get his stats, and get out.

But at the rate Heisman hopefuls are dropping out of contention these days, that might be all Moore needs for now.

LaMichael James

James and the Ducks had the weekend off and watched their national title and Heisman challengers fall all over themselves.

Oregon will next hit the field against UCLA in a prime time Thursday night Pac-10 game in Eugene, which could be yet another chance for James to make a statement with the nation watching. A strong performance at Autzen on Thursday could certainly solidify the sophomore’s Heisman candidacy.

On the season, the sophomore running back has 848 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 7.4 yards per carry and seems to be the leading candidate among the nation’s running backs for the Heisman Trophy at the season’s midway point.

Watching the Heisman Watchmen Week Six: Robinson Takes A Hit

Faced with his first true test of the season, Denard Robinson underwhelmed the Heisman analysts and pundits and saw his Heisman stock fall slightly.

Robinson is still in the race — and leading it by some evaluations — but sees the like of Terrelle Pryor, LaMichael James and Kellen Moore pass him in somes of the nation’s Heisman Watches.

Cam Newton makes a big splash with his four rushing touchdowns against Kentucky — all of which were needed in Auburn’s three-point victory on Saturday.

Off to the races!

Heisman Pundit Heisman Poll

1. Denard Robinson
2t. LaMichael James
2t. Kellen Moore
4. Terrelle Pryor
5. Cam Newton

ESPN Experts Poll

1. Kellen Moore
2. Terrelle Pryor
3. LaMichael James
4. Cam Newton
5. Denard Robinson

CBS Sports Heisman Watch

1. Kellen Moore
2. LaMichael James
3. Denard Robinson
4. Terrelle Pryor
5. Cam Newton

Sports Illustrated Heisman Watch

1. Denard Robinson
2. LaMichael James
3. Cam Newton
4. Terrelle Pryor
5. Kellen Moore

BCS Know How Heisman Watch

1. LaMichael James
2. Kellen Moore
3. Terrelle Pryor
4. Denard Robinson
5. Cam Newton


1. Oregon RB LaMichael James (20)
2. Boise State QB Kellen Moore (19)
3. Michigan QB Denard Robinson (16)
4. Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor (13)
5. Auburn QB Cam Newton (8)

Again a first-place vote is worth five points, a second-place four, and so on until a fifth place vote is worth one point.

Any other suggestions of Heisman Watches to add? Let me know!