A Sneak Peek at the Heisman Voting Regions

The Heisman voting is broken down into six regions comprised of 145 votes in the following states: 

Far West: AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, ND, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
Mid Atlantic: DC, DE, MD, NC, NJ, PA, SC, VA, WV
Mid West: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
North East: CT, MA, ME, NH, NYC, NY, RI, VT
South: AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, TN
Southwest: AR, CO, KS, MO, NE, NM, OK, TX

Based on how the voting looks today, here’s how I see the regions shaking out:

Far West: 1. LaMichael James 2. Kellen Moore 3. Cam Newton 4. Andrew Luck

Notes: James and Moore should get the bulk of the West Coast vote, followed by Newton and then some stray votes for Luck.

Mid-Atlantic: 1. Cam Newton 2. Kellen Moore 3. LaMichael James

Notes: Newton wins solidly here, with Moore getting some good support thanks to his win over Virginia Tech.

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

Notes: Standard ballot breakdown here, with Pryor and Robinson picking up some stray votes.

Northeast: 1. Cam Newton 2. LaMichael James 3. Kellen Moore 4. Pryor

Notes: The Northeast usually goes with the biggest star of the bunch.

South: 1. Cam Newton 2. LaMichael James 3. Kellen Moore 4. Marcus Lattimore/Patrick Peterson/Ryan Mallett

Notes: Newton wins handily here, of course.  Lattimore, Peterson and maybe Mallett pick up some support here and there.

Southwest: 1. LaMichael James 2. Cam Newton 3. Justin Blackmon 4. Andy Dalton 5. Kellen Moore 6. Andrew Luck

Notes: James is a Texas native, which should help him carry the region narrowly over Newton.  There should be lots of stray votes picked up here by Blackmon, Dalton, Moore and Houston native Luck.

It all points to Newton winning four of the six regions, which would give him a solid win.  Of course, this is not taking into account any further developments in the allegations surrounding him.

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