The Heisman Poll, Week 13

Total Points (with first place votes in parentheses)

1. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn — 33 (11)

2. (tie) Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 14 (2)

2. (tie) LaMichael James, RB, Oregon — 14

4. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 13

5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State — 3

6. Andrew Dalton, QB, TCU — 1

About the poll
The Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for three players each week. Tabulations are made on a 3-2-1 basis, with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.  The last two years the Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate in the country, picking five of the top six finishers in the Heisman vote in 2008 and the top four in 2009.

Members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Teddy Greenstein and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Olin Buchanan and Tom Dienhart of, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of, J.B. Morris of ESPN the Magazine, Austin Murphy, B.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, plus Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News.

Chris Huston, owner of, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.

HP’s Thoughts
While Newton is the sure winner, things are not so clear when it comes to who will finish as the runner up.  James, Moore and a surging Luck are all vying for that second slot.  James and Moore each have one more game to state their case, while Luck has finished his season.  I believe that if James doesn’t play well against the Beavers, it could open the door for Luck to be the fourth finalist in New York.

Heisman Game of the Week
Oregon at Oregon State
 — This is LaMichael James’ last chance to impress Heisman voters.  He’ll have the benefit of ESPN Game Day descending upon Corvallis and the Ducks will be going for a BCS title bid, so many eyes will be on this game.  At this point, there is very little James can do–short of a 350-yard-plus explosion–to overtake Newton’s candidacy, but he can secure his spot as the highest-placing Duck in Heisman history.

Player to Watch
Kellen Moore — What he does against Utah State won’t have a whole lot of bearing on the Heisman race, but I’m curious to see how Moore and the Broncos bounce back from that devastating loss to Nevada last weekend.  If Moore can finish strong, he still has a chance to be the Heisman runner up–no small feat for a quarterback from Boise State.

This Week in Heisman History
Reggie Bush rushed for 260 yards and two touchdowns on just 24 carries to lead USC over UCLA, 66-19, in 2005.  Bush would later go on to win the Heisman with the largest percentage of first-place votes in history, beating out Vince Young of Texas and teammate Matt Leinart.  But it was all for naught, as the trophy was later vacated.

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6 Responses to The Heisman Poll, Week 13

  1. Roby November 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    There you go. People suffer from a bad case of hindsight bias when it comes to the ’05 Heisman. Reggie Bush got the “largest percentage of first-place votes in history.”

    Yet after the Rose Bowl, people switch up and say that Young clearly should have won the award. If Young really deserved it, and ONE game (albeit a huge game, historic performance) should have been the tipping point, then the vote should have been much closer then it turned out.

    That just goes to show you that either:

    A. Reggie never really deserved it, and people were just blinded by USC adoration.


    B. Reggie really did deserve it, as he had a stronger year evident by the landslide vote he received. And people just have a revisionist history when it comes to Young.

    Which one is it?

  2. wbond December 1, 2010 at 3:44 am #

    If your goal is to underscore all that is wrong with college athletics in general, and college football in particular, then it’s difficult to think of an idea better than voting Newton for Heisman.

    “But it was all for naught…”

  3. JABORY December 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm #


  4. g8trbob December 4, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    As I agree Newton is the best player on the field this year. His past really bothers me! Stealing lap tops and cheating on tests and having his scholarship taken away while at Florida and turning down 180k from Miss St. for I’m sure a bigger payday at UA. All of the media don’t seem to be bothered by this! oh well the heisman doesn’t mean much as it used to!

  5. kathryn December 6, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Why is it that Ryan Mallet from Arkansas is not being looked at. He has better stats then those on the list including Cam Newton. Can I also add that the FBI has never had to investigate him…. Shouldn’t we give this honor to the best player as well as one that will not have to give up the trophy at a later date like Reggie Bush?


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