The fall of the front runners and the coming campaigns

We are barely past mid-September, and we’ve already seen the Heisman prospects of Matt Barkley, Montee Ball and Denard Robinson fall by the wayside. These were the three players most familiar to voters entering the season and, hence, the three players who were least in need of an aggressive campaign to make their efforts known to the broader public.

If you had told me before the season that these three would basically have their Heisman hopes crippled by mid-September, I would’ve thought you were crazy.

We are now left with an assortment of contenders who have a long way to go before they enter the subconscious of the Heisman electorate. But the fall of the front-runners opens a window of opportunity for those candidates. Barkley, Robinson and Ball sucked a lot of air out of the room. But now they are gone, leaving a vacuum. The race is muddled and voters will be looking for clarity.

Now is the time for schools to get those Heisman campaigns revving.

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