Andrew Luck, Jr., QB, Stanford: The fact that the Cardinal are considered one of the favorites to win the PAC-12 title will help Luck’s candidacy. With a schedule that includes the likes of Duke, San Jose State and Colorado, Luck will put up big numbers every week. A great showing at USC on October 29 could be all he needs to lock up the Heisman.
LaMichael James, Jr., RB, Oregon: James will get a chance early to put in his bid when the Ducks head to LSU. He will need to put up big numbers against the Tigers. A weak showing will all but torpedo his campaign before it even gets started.
Marcus Lattimore, So., RB, South Carolina: Lattimore, only a sophomore, is probably the best player Steve Spurrier has had since he’s been coaching at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are poised to win the SEC east, which could give Lattimore, who ran for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman, a leg up.
Landry Jones, Jr.,QB, Oklahoma: The Sooners’ top ranking in both the AP and coaches polls will put Landry on the national map every week. He had 38 touchdown passes last year. Jones didn’t get much hype last season. Don’t expect that this year.
Kellen Moore, Sr., QB, Boise State: Moore finished fourth in the Heisman voting last season after tossing 35 touchdowns and throwing for 3,845 yards. Those numbers notwithstanding, Moore will have to be on top of his game every week and Boise State will have to rack up the wins for him to have a shot.
Denard Robinson, Jr., QB, Michigan: Robinson racked up an impressive 4,272 total yards and 32 touchdowns for the Wolverines last season. But for the junior quarterback to have a shot, Michigan needs to be in contention for the Big 10 title.