Cameron Newton is the clear favorite to win the 76th Heisman Trophy, but what if the NCAA issues surrounding him rise up and knock him out of the race before the votes are due?
In that case, who would win the Heisman?
I took a survey of my Heisman panel and here is how the vote would go if Newton was not under consideration:
Hypothetical Heisman Vote
1. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 29 (6)
2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon — 25 (5)
3. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 15 (2)
4. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State — 7
5. Andy Dalton, QB, TCU — 1
As I previously suspected, Kellen Moore looks like he’d be the favorite in a tight contest with LaMichael James if Newton was indeed held out. Of course, this is how things stand right now. Moore would have a slight edge in this scenario but James, or even Andrew Luck, would be within striking distance if they finished strong.
If nothing new comes out on the Newton situation by late next week, his status as clear frontrunner will survive so as long as Auburn takes care of Alabama. And if the allegations regarding pay-for-play remain up in the air by the time of the ceremony, Newton will take possession of the Heisman…for now.