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2010 Heisman Predictions.

We are only a couple of weeks away from the start of the college football season. It is hard to believe. Every year there are a handful of college stars that are picked out as “Heisman Favorites” by blogs, publications and websites. Here are my picks to be in New York in December:

1. Mark Ingram (Alabama)– Last years winner is a pretty safe bet to at least make an appearance in NY. Alabama is the pre-season #1 team in the nation, and their scheme has not changed much. Give the ball to Ingram and let him run. It is hard to imagine not seeing Ingram as a Heisman finalist this year.

2. Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State)– Over the past 2-3 years, no player has been hyped quite like Pryor. He has shown flashes of brilliance during his time at Ohio State, but has not put it together for a complete season. While the Buckeyes have a somewhat conservative offense (by today’s standards), Pryor is a HUGE percentage of the offense. If Ohio State makes a run towards the National Title, Pryor should be in the Heisman race. The 2010 Rose Bowl against Oregon was a definite move in the right direction for Pryor.

3. Kellen Moore (Boise State)– Moore has not lost a regular season game as the starter for the Broncos. His only loss was against TCU in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl. After finishing 7th in the Heisman voting last year, Moore will once again be an early on favorite. While his numbers will be stellar, a lot of voters will knock the level of competition the Broncos face during conference play. An early season matchup against Virginia Tech would go a long way in Moore’s Heisman campaign.

4. Jake Locker (Washington)– Many so called experts have Locker as the #1 pick in next years NFL draft. His play will determine where he ends up going, and it will also determine if he is a true Heisman hopeful. The Huskies schedule has numerous “big time” games to help vault Locker into the spotlight. If he can put up big numbers in those big games, look for Locker to be in NY.

5. Dion Lewis (Pitt)– The stellar Sophomore back put up nearly 1,800 yards rushing last year, which was 3rd in the nation. Pitt will battle with Uconn, Cincinnati and West Virginia for the Big East crown, and if Lewis has another top three finish in rushing, consider him to the 2nd running back invited to NY.

Dark Horse Candidates (Let’s be honest, the big schools get ALL the Heisman love):

*Colin Kaepernick (Nevada)– BIG TIME talent, not a household name. The ONLY way Kaepernick will get to NY is if he leads the Wolfpack to an undefeated season, which would include a win over Boise State.

*Case Keenum (Houston)– This gunslinger will put up HUGE numbers for the Cougars, but huge numbers don’t necessarily mean going to New York. (See Texas Tech QB’s in the 2000s).

*Andrew Luck (Stanford)– Some might be surprised by the “dark horse” title given to Luck here, but he will be without Toby Gerhart who took some pressure off of Luck last year. A strong Pac-10 showing and steady numbers will give Luck a chance to make it to NY this year. Look for him to have more of a shot down the road.

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