In a rare Heisman Trophy occurrence, the question isn't who will win the trophy this weekend – but rather by how wide a margin. Saturday night's Heisman ceremony is expected to serve as a coronation of sorts for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who stands as the decided and overwhelming favorite among the six Heisman finalists. For Winston's five fellow finalists — Alabama's AJ McCarron, Auburn's Tre Mason, Boston College's Andre Williams, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel — the competition is only for second place, not first. "I think most observers agree that Jameis Winston is going to win this thing," said Kari Chisholm, a Portland-based political consultant who runs the Web site StiffArmTrophy.com, which has correctly predicted the last 11 Heisman winners. "The other guys are there in what appears to be a very close race for second place." Not since 2010, when Auburn quarterback Cam Newton won by a significant margin over Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, has the Heisman conversation been so devoid of any contest. In comparison, the past two Heisman Trophy recipients, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, won by a total of 323 and 280 points, respectively. In the final USA TODAY Sports Heisman Survey, a straw poll consisting of more than two dozen Heisman voters, Winston was named first on 26 of 29 ballots. The only other finalist to earn a first-place vote was Auburn running back Tre Mason, who earned the top spot on the remaining three ballots. Even though Mason made a late charge into the Heisman conversation, Winston could be headed for a win of historic proportions.
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Heisman a 'very close race' for second behind Jameis Winston
USA Today | Dec 14