Last season was a historic year for the Southeastern Conference by topping an accumulated attendance of over seven million fans, first time ever for a conference. Expect the SEC attendance to rise further over the next couple years with additions by Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and LSU.
By 2015, Texas A&M will have added on nearly 20,000 seats to its capacity. After the expansion, Kyle Field will be the largest capacity stadium in the SEC at 102,500
and will have the highest capacity in the state of Texas. Also if no other schools have further additions, Texas A&M will rank third overall nationally in capacity. In 2014, Mississippi State is also expanding the capacity of Davis Wade Stadium up to 61,337
and LSU is increasing capacity of Tiger Stadium to over 100,000
Despite a disappointing season, attendance for Missouri increased in 2012 when compared to the 2011 season
. The Tigers went just 5-7 last year and failed to reach a bowl for the first time since 2004. The 2012 season was the first year in the SEC for Mizzou so that surely played a factor in their boost.
2012 Southeastern Conference Attendance Stats
Average Attendance Per Home Game
1. Alabama 101,722
2. LSU 92,626
3. Georgia 92,703
4. Tennessee 89,965
5. Florida 87,597
6. Texas A&M 87,014
7. Auburn 82,646
8. South Carolina 80,001
9. Missouri 67,476
10. Arkansas 66,176
11. Ole Miss 57,066
12. Mississippi State 55,628
13. Kentucky 49,691
14. Vanderbilt 37,860
Accumulated home attendance: 7,371,125
Average attendance per home game: 75,216
1. Texas A&M 105.36
2. Mississippi State 100.99
3. LSU 100.09
4. Georgia 99.95
5. Alabama 99.90
6. South Carolina 99.69
7. Florida 98.93
8. Arkansas 98.72
9. Missouri 95.03
10. Auburn 94.51
11. Ole Miss 94.20
12. Vanderbilt 93.37
13. Tennessee 87.81
14. Kentucky 73.50
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According to the Gamecock football Twitter account, running back Marcus Lattimore was applauded after today's South Carolina pro day workout. As many college football fans know, Lattimore suffered a gruesome injury to his knee last fall and has been rehabilitating since then. He did not do a full workout out today, but he did do about 15-20 minutes of rehab drills according to a tweet by NFL Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
Lattimore announced he was leaving school to enter the NFL Draft last December. Coach Steve Spurrier had high praise for the star South Carolina running back.
"Very few guys I remember where I was when he committed. I remembered where I was when Marcus committed. I was in my office in there with the TV on like probably all you other Gamecocks. We remember where we were when Marcus said he was going to sign with South Carolina."
Warning video below is graphic and may be difficult to watch
Lattimore tallied 662 rushing yards, 173 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns in 9 games last season after suffering an ACL injury to his other knee in 2011. His freshman year, in which he never suffered a major setback, he racked up 1,197 rushing yards and 412 receiving yards with 19 touchdowns. He finished his collegiate career with3,444 yards from scrimmage and 41 touchdowns
When at full health, he was a strong workhorse running back that had some straight forward speed, but the damage to his knees make his pro career very questionable. I doubt he will be drafted in any of the early rounds, but some team may pick him in the later half. He was once a sure thing as a top pro prospect, but since what he described as what felt like a "nightmare" last October, it would be amazing to seem him succeed in the NFL. I am sure many Gamecock and football fans in general will be rooting for him wherever or whatever he becomes successful at.
Marcus Lattimore Recovery & at NFL Combine
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AP Projected Top Seven
3. South Carolina
4. Kansas State
5. West Virginia*
6. Notre Dame
*On the bubble to move to four in the AP poll (projected at four in the Coaches).
USA Today Coaches Poll Projected Top Seven
3. South Carolina
4. West Virginia
5. Kansas State
6. Notre Dame
**On the bubble to move to six in both major polls.
LSU will be ranked in the top 15.
Florida State will be ranked in the top 15.
Oregon will get a vote for number one in either the AP or Coaches Poll.
Oregon State will be ranked in the AP top 10.
There were five games between ranked teams and four upsets of teams in the AP top 25 by unranked opponents resulting in nine ranked teams losing. The most stunning upset of the night was definitely North Carolina State's 17-16 victory over no. 3 Florida State.
Three top five teams lost on Saturday: LSU, Florida State, and Georgia. The Tigers and Seminoles are projected to stay in the top 15 of both major polls. The Bulldogs are the most likely of the three to fall out of the top 15. The losses open up the number three spot for South Carolina. The Gamecocks play LSU next Saturday.
With four teams losing ahead of Oregon State, the Beavers will jump into the top 10 of the AP rankings, but are lagging farther behind in the Coaches Poll. Also out of the Pac-12, I am projecting the Oregon Ducks to receive a vote for number one in a major poll.
Kansas State was 57 points ahead of West Virginia in last week's AP Top 25, but expect that to gap to tighten. I do not think that the Mountaineers will jump K-State yet, but I have them on the bubble just in case.
It will be a close call between Notre Dame and Florida in the Coaches Poll since just 32 points separated them last week. Of the two teams, the Gators defeated the higher ranked team, but I think the Irish will still stay ahead of them.
Next weekend, ESPN College Gameday with “Lee, Kirk, Chris, and the gang” will be in South Bend for Stanford against Notre Dame. If the Fighting Irish have another dominate outing along with the added publicity, they may easily keep vaulting up the rankings.
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Here are Spring game quarterback statistics and notes for all SEC teams.
Stats may be off some due to limited stat recording of Spring games. Top 5 Passing Yards
1.Tyler Wilson Arkansas 467
2. Maxwell Smith Kentucky 353
3. Tyler Russell Mississippi State 312
4. AJ McCarron Alabama 304
5. Zach Mettenberger LSU 272 West- Alabama
AJ McCarron 29/42, 304 yds, 2 TDs, 3 Ints
Phillip Sims, 9/12, 135 yds, 1 TD
Philip Ely, 10/18, 83 yds, 1 TD
*ESPN: "At the end of the day it's for the fans and we just want to kind of make it fun for them and make some crazy plays at the same time that we probably wouldn't do in a real game," McCarron said. "Coach always says, 'Just have fun,' and I had a lot of fun today." Arkansas
Tyler Wilson 31/41, 467 yds, 2 TDs
Brandon Mitchell 8/13, 72 yds (White), 30 yds, 1 TD (Red)*AP:The performance also left no doubt that the near future at Arkansas is in good hands with both Wilson and running back Knile Davis. Auburn
Kiehl Frazier 7/9, 92 yds
Clint Moseley 5/6, 62 yds
Zeke Pike 5/11, 48 yds
Tate O'Connor 0/1
*ESPN: Frazier finished 7-of-9 for 92 yards and showed off his ability to scramble around and make plays. Still, Chizik said the quarterback competition would extend into the summer. Clint Moseley was plagued by a sore throwing shoulder for much of the spring. LSU
Zach Mettenberger 14/25, 272 yds, 2 TDs, 2 Ints
*ESPN: "We're definitely going to be aggressive this coming season," Mettenberger said. "But we're going to do whatever we can to win ball games." Mississippi State
Tyler Russell 24/43, 312 yds, 2 TDs Dak Prescott
295 yds, 1 TD
*ESPN: It's obvious the Bulldogs have tweaked their offense to take advantage of Russell's ability to throw the ball from the pocket, and they threw it quite a bit this spring. Ole Miss
Bo Wallace 16/26, 240 yds, 2 TDs, 1 Int
Barry Brunetti 4/10, 62 yds, 14 rush, 136 rush yds
*Bleacher Report: The quarterback position has been up for grabs this spring, but Bo Wallace grabbed control of the race Saturday afternoon.Texas A&M
Jameill Showers 20/31, 203 yds, 2 TDs
Johnny Manziel 13/27, 154 yds, 1 TD, 1 Int
*ESPN: Both quarterbacks had their moments, but there were also times when the offense stalled once it crossed the 50. Overall, sophomore Jameill Showers probably had the better spring, but offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said he wasn't ready to make a decision and that redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel remained in the hunt.East-Florida
Jacoby Brissett 9/16, 233 yds, 2 TDs
Jeff Driskel 12/14, 147 yds, 1 TD(Run)
*AP: Florida's quarterback competition will continue in the fall - and without a front-runner - after Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel failed to separate themselves during four weeks of practice and Saturday's spring game.Georgia
Aaron Murray 7/17, 112, 1 TD
Christian Lemay 7/10, 154 yds, 1 TD
Hutson Mason 9/12, 133 yds, 1 TD
*GeorgiaDogs.com:"It was a great day for Georgia," Coach Mark Richt said. "I feel like everyone enjoyed the game. I thought there were a lot of offensive plays that were made today. When you look at it, the defense was scoring points, too. I thought both sides of the ball played well. It was exciting."Kentucky
Maxwell Smith 29/45, 353 yds, 2 TDs, 2 Ints
*UKAthletics.com: There were plenty of positive signs for the first team, both offensively and defensively. Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith had a big day through the air, throwing for 353 yards on 29-of-45 passing. With senior quarterback Morgan Newton sidelined due to a shoulder injury, Smith shined. Missouri
Corbin Berkstresser 13/20, 187 yds, 1 TD, 1 Int
*Bleacher Report: With Franklin out, all eyes were on redshirt freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser, and he had a solid afternoon
Connor Shaw 6/7, 128 yds, 2 TDs
Dylan Thompson 15/20, 168 yds
Tanner McEvoy 8/12, 132 yds, 2 TDs
*Bleacher Report:Collectively, they were 39-54 for 511 yards and six TDs. There were two INTs, but overall, the signal-callers looked good. Connor Shaw's day really stood out.Tennessee
Tyler Bray 14/26, 157 yds, 1 TD
*ESPN:Junior quarterback Tyler Bray also played much better than he did a year ago in a woeful spring game showing. He was 14-of-26 for 157 yards and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight endMychal Rivera. Bray's added maturity this spring is what earned him the most points with his coaches. Vanderbilt
Jordan Rodgers 14/29, 126 yds, 2 TDs
Austyn Carta-Samuels 6/12, 47 yds
Patton Robinette 3/9, 24 yds
*VUCommodores.com: "Last year, we did (the Wildcat) with Zac Stacy, who did some nice things, but he also made (poor) decisions throwing," Franklin said. "With a guy (Josh Grady) that has played quarterback, I think that's going to help. He can run the ball and he's a legitimate threat to throw the ball. I think that's going to help us."
This is a list of Heisman Trophy contenders. I ranked them on who I feel is most worthy, but I also included information on the current leaders.
The frontrunners early on are quarterbacks Andrew Luck
and Russell Wilson
. Robert Griffin III
is my early leader, but among Heisman voters Luck is still heavily favored to win. RG3 began this season with a big win over TCU and has only thrown one interception so far. Luck is undoubtedly the top NFL prospect in college football and is coming off of last season’s hype as Heisman runner up. In Wisconsin, they now have hope of a national championship behind their star transfer Wilson that already helped the Badgers thump Nebraska.
It is midseason so the race is still wide open. There are a couple of running backs that are just a big game or two away from being vaulted to the top of Heisman contention. Trent Richardson
is still a strong contender and LaMichael James
was running himself back into the race until an injury to his elbow which may keep him out of it.There are also long shot contenders that could rise. LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu
is in the running, but he will need to keep putting up eye popping stats to stay in contention as a defensive player. Oklahoma QB Landry Jones
jumped to number two on the website Stiff Arm Trophy after last weekend's demolition of Texas.
I actually included 13 players in the Dynamic Dozen since LaMichael James is injured and I felt that AJ Jenkins
is the best wide receiver worth mentioning so I have him tied with Denard Robinson
for the last spot. 1. Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
, 360 pass/rush ypg, 21 total touchdowns, 80.3% completion, 212.9 passer rating.2. Andrew Luck QB Stanford
, 276.6 passing ypg, 73.1% completion, 15 total touchdowns.3. Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin,
272.2 passing ypg, 74.8% completion, 15 total touchdowns, 216.9 passer rating.4. Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State
, 376 passing ypg, 15 passing touchdowns, 75.8% completion.5. Trent Richardson RB Alabama,
146.3 rush/receiving ypg, 12 total touchdowns. 6. Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU,
4 forced fumbles, 3 fumbles recovered, 2 interceptions, 5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 2 touchdowns.7. Kellen Moore QB Boise State,
278.2 passing ypg, 17 passing touchdowns, 171.6 passer rating, 74% completion.8. Landry Jones QB Oklahoma,
362.8 passing ypg, 15 total touchdowns. 9. Case Keenum QB Houston,
384.8 passing ypg, 17 passing touchdowns, 71.4% completion, 174.8 passer rating.10. LaMichael James RB Oregon,
202.2 rush/receiving ypg, 9 total touchdowns. 11. Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina,
155.3 rush/receiving ypg, 10 total touchdowns12t. Denard Robinson QB Michigan,
308.3 pass/rush ypg, 18 total touchdowns12t. AJ Jenkins WR Illinois,
135.8 receiving ypg, 7 receiving touchdowns.
Some other players just out of the Heisman spotlight: David Wilson RB Virginia Tech, Tajh Boyd QB Clemson, Matt Barkley QB USC, Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas, Geno Smith QB West Virginia, and Robert Woods WR USC.
Links to other Heisman lists and information:
Heisman Watch Week 7 ESPN Expert’s Pollhttp://espn.go.com/college-football/heisman11/
Week 6: Jones replaces Wilson in top two.http://www.stiffarmtrophy.com/
2011 Heisman Trophy Predictionshttp://www.docsports.com/current/heisman-trophy-predictions.html
LaMichael James' Heisman hopes falter in wake of elbow injury.http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/cory_mccartney/10/10/heisman-watch/index.html
Honey Badger for Heisman.http://insider.espn.go.com/college-football/blog/_/name/mcgee_ncf_ryan/id/7087248/cfb-lsu-tigers-db-tyrann-mathieu-heisman-case
Alabama (13-0) 21.35
Auburn (9-3) 14.475
LSU (8-4) 13.4
Mississippi State (7-5) 12.563
Arkansas (8-4) 9.835
Ole Miss (4-8/5-7) 9
Florida (11-2) 15.033
South Carolina (6-6) 10.2
Georgia (8-4) 8.811
Tennessee (5-7) 7.286
Kentucky (7-5) 6.853
Vanderbilt (2-10) -1.975
*Conference Championships are included in projections.
*Games against FCS teams were not projected. However, teams were given a win for FCS games to show a better depiction of the projected season record, but this does not help in accuracy since FCS teams do win some games.
*Bowl games are not projected.
This is the second set of the Burnette Power Rankings called the Preseason Momentum Rankings. This type of ranking is for preseason only and will be done again next year. I did not include the formula or process of the ranking due to its complexity and I plan to add further to it next year. However, the factors that determine the team’s Momentum score and projected record include:
· Five year trends for wins, points scored, and points allowed.
· Schedule Strength including home and away games.
· Recruiting during the offseason.
· Returning starters and returning quarterback.
· Coaches leaving (only successful coaches that left for desired positions or necessity are factored in but retirement does not qualify.)
The five year trends for wins, points scored, and points allowed are the most significant factors. I found in my extensive research of the last five college football seasons’ data that recruiting is a much more significant factor than returning starters or returning quarterbacks. Next year, I plan to do more research to see the effects of the coaching carousel. However, I noticed that the most glaring impact of a coaching change is if a coach leaves a program for a better job such as Brian Kelly did when leaving Cincinnati to go to Notre Dame. The Bearcats went from being 12-0 with Kelly in 2009 to 4-8 in 2010 without him.
This blog I just posted the SEC conference and I will post the other BCS conferences this weekend. I will also try to get some of the non BCS teams posted before the season starts. The first thing you may notice is that some teams have a higher Momentum score than teams with a better projected record. The projected record takes into account home, away, and neutral site scores that I developed. Also, teams may have a negative Momentum score as in Vanderbilt.
This is a non-bias formula ranking. For example, if I went by my own bias then I would have projected Arkansas with at least 10 or more wins since they are my favorite team, but they are projected at 8-4. However, from my analysis three of their four projected losses are close and any team from the SEC with a score above eight could have a chance to play in the BCS championship. Auburn came out of no where last season to win it. Overall, there were many closely projected games in the SEC. Ole Miss' record has two different projections due to their game with BYU being projected as a tie. Alabama is the only strong favorite. A couple of wins for Florida are projected to be very close and the same with a couple of the losses for LSU. The two big out of conference games in week one for the SEC in Boise State vs. Georgia and Oregon vs. LSU are both projected losses for the SEC.
Nothing to surprising about my picks, but I may change some before the season starts.These are my BCS conference champion predictions:
ACC: Florida State
Contenders: Florida State is almost everyone's preseason favorite for ACC champion, but Virginia Tech is the frontrunner to win the Coastal division and the conference overall this year should be solid.
Big East: West Virginia
Contenders: Pitt may be the next contender, but overall the conference looks bland coming into this season and West Virginia seems to be the only strong team in the conference.
Big 12: Oklahoma
Contenders: The Sooners are the clear favorite, but the Big 12 does have other contenders for the 2011 championship including Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and longshot Missouri.
Big 10: Wisconsin
Contenders: It looks as though Ohio State should finally have a down year so that leaves the field wide open. Nebraska may be the next favorite to win championship after Wisconsin and they should win the Legends division, but plenty others have a chance including Michigan State and Michigan.
Pac 12: Oregon
Contenders: With Andrew Luck returning, it makes Stanford a contender, but it will be difficult for them to duplicate last season with all of their other key losses. If USC was not under a ban, then they could possibly win the championship. The Trojans may end up with one of the better records in the Pac 12. Oregon has a wealth of talent and should win another championship this year, but off the field issues are now looming over the program that may have an effect.
SEC: Arkansas/ Alabama
Contenders: I listed two champions for this conference since I am somewhat bias on this selection since I'm a known Hog fan. I do believe the Razorbacks can win the SEC this season, but Alabama is the clear favorite among most others. However, the SEC is stacked with competition with the West having other stout contenders in LSU and Mississippi State as well as in the East division there are contenders in South Carolina, Georgia, and maybe Florida under new coach Will Muschamp.
On this blog, I have provided a variety of information to give a free preseason guide for college football fans. I have included the projected AP top 10, composite rankings from preseason magazines, the CFU top 50, a YouTube video, and many useful links.
These are my projected top 10 teams for the AP Top 25 that will be released in August. These are not my top 10 teams. My top 10 is on this blog post under the CFU Top 50.Projected AP Top 10
5. Boise State
7. Florida State
8. Oklahoma State
9. Texas A&M
10. South Carolina
Just Outside: Nebraska.
Oklahoma and Alabama should be ranked at 1 and 2 respectively when the AP poll is released. Oregon and LSU will be in close competition for the 3 and 4 spots. I think LSU will get more #1 votes than the Ducks and there are more voters from the south than the west coast, but Oregon has had plenty of publicity and do warrant a high ranking in the eyes of many voters. Boise State should be in the top 10, but it is hard to say where they will fall in the rankings due to bias by certain voters that continuously underrate them. Stanford should be another definite top 10 team in which will most likely fall somewhere in the 5 to 8 preseason rank. Florida State will also be in the same range as the Cardinal. Oklahoma State and Texas A&M should be somewhere in the latter half of the top 10. The last team in is a close call; I think South Carolina will be in the AP top 10, but Nebraska does have a chance.
I also bought some college football preseason magazines over the past weekend and below are the composite rankings of the top 10 from the four I read including Athlon Sports, Sporting News, Phil Steele's top 40, and Lindy’s Sports. Athlon and Phil Steele both have Alabama ranked number one. Sporting News has LSU in the top slot and Lindy's has Oklahoma for their one. LSU seems to be the most bogus of the teams being hyped as a preseason number one. I agree that LSU may deserve anywhere from a top 5 to top 10 ranking, but there is not enough to warrant a ranking over Oklahoma, Alabama, or even Oregon. It looks like Sporting News filled up on too much gumbo.
All teams that were ranked in the top 10 by each preseason magazine are included in the rankings. Each team received points for their ranking (10 pts for #1, 9 pts for #2, and so on).Top 10 Composite Rankings from Preseason Magazines
1. Alabama (2) 37
2. Oklahoma (1) 37
3. Oregon 29
4. LSU (1) 24
5. Boise State 24
6. Florida State 18
7. Stanford 10
8. Virginia Tech 10
9. Notre Dame 10
10. Texas A&M 5
11. Ohio State 5
12. Oklahoma State 4
13. Nebraska 4
14. Georgia 2
15. Arkansas 1
The preseason CFU Top 50 teams are listed below. The rankings are based on merit of previous accomplishments with an emphasis on the previous season combined with the amount/quality of returning starters, coaching, and the incoming recruiting class. The CFU Top 50 is not a prediction of other polls or of the season's final rankings. Otherwise, I attempt to determine rank with some sort of fairness rather than preordain rank. However, there is no exact science to these rankings. I am in the process of developing a formula based ranking that I will release later.CFU Top 50
4. Boise State
5. Oklahoma State
7. Florida State
10. South Carolina
14. Texas A&M
15. Miss State
16. Michigan State
17. Notre Dame
20. Virginia Tech
23. West Virginia
24. Ohio State
27. Penn State
33. NC State
35. Miami FL
38. North Carolina
39. Arizona State
42. San Diego State
43. Air Force
44. Texas Tech
48. South Florida
Just outside the top 50: Nevada, Boston College, Miami-OH, Hawaii, Houston, Oregon State, Fresno State, Northern Illinois, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Cal, Cincinnati, Troy, FIU
Since I last posted the CFU top 25, some of the rankings have changed. Ohio State is now ranked at 24 due to the loss of their coach and quarterback combined with the instability now in the program. Nevada was close to being a top 50 team based on merit of last season’s accomplishments, but the loss of talent at skill positions especially Colin Kaepernick leaves to question if they can continue the level of success from last season. Many preseason rankings have them somewhere around a top 75 to 90 team, but I believe they deserve a higher rank due to the recent progress of their football program. Here are links for more information:
Other early preseason Top 25 rankings:
Early preseason rankings by NationalChamps.net:http://nationalchamps.net/2011/earlybird/index.htm
Athlon Sports Preseason Top 25:http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25
ESPN College Football Live early Top 25 Poll:http://espn.go.com/blog/bigeast/post/_/id/19472/one-big-east-team-in-early-top-25Information provided by Phil Steele:
Preseason All American team:http://blog.philsteele.com/2011/06/01/2011-preseason-all-american-team/
Preseason All Big Ten and All SEC teams:http://www.philsteele.com/Blogs/2011/May11/DBMay28.html
Returning starters (some inaccuracy since this blog is from Jan 26th):http://blog.philsteele.com/2011/01/26/2011-returning-starters/Stats, standings, and other rankings:
College Football 2010 Season Standings on ESPN.com:
Last season's rankings according to TeamRankings.com:
CFU Rankings Page:http://www.collegefootballuniverse.com/Rankings.html
CFU Stats Page:
2011 Recruiting Class Rankings and Info:
ESPN Class Rankings:
Rivals.com 2011 Team Class Rankings:
Scout.com 2011 Team Rankings:
"10 Head Coaches Poised for Instant Success at New Schools" on BleacherReport.com:http://bleacherreport.com/articles/694589-college-football-2011-10-head-coaches-poised-for-instant-success-at-new-schools#/articles/694589-college-football-2011-10-head-coaches-poised-for-instant-success-at-new-schools
Other Posts from JB's Blog with Preseason Info:
Dirty South of College Football (analysis of SEC west):
College Football Universe Top 10 (note rankings have changed):
Dynamic Dozen Early Heisman Watch:
2011 College Football Bowl Season Top 10 Highlights on YouTube:
· Andrew Luck
Junior QB Stanford 70.7 Comp%, 32 TDs, 170.2 Passer Rating · Kellen Moore
Senior QB Boise State 71.3 Comp%, 35 TDs, 182.6 Passer Rating
· LaMichael James
Junior RB Oregon 1731 Rush Yds, 5.9 Avg Rush, 24 Total TDs
· Justin Blackmon
Junior WR Oklahoma State 1782 Receiving Yds, 16.1 Avg Rec, 21 Total TDs· Denard Robinson
Junior QB Michigan 4272 Total YDs, 6.6 Avg Rush, 32 Total TDs· Landry Jones
Junior QB Oklahoma 4718 Pass Yds, 38 TDs
· Brandon Weeden
Senior QB Oklahoma State 4277 Pass Yds, 35 TDs· Knile Davis
Junior HB Arkansas 1322 Rush Yds, 6.5 Avg Rush, 13 Rush TDs· Trent Richardson
Junior HB Alabama, 6.3 Avg Rush, 10 Total TDs· Ryan Broyles
Senior WR Oklahoma 1622 Receiving Yds, 14 TDs· Marcus Lattimore
Sophomore HB South Carolina 1609 Total Yds, 19 Total TDs· Alshon Jeffery
Junior WR South Carolina 1517 Receiving Yds, 17.2 Avg Rec, 9 TDs*
Stat totals are from last season.
These are my Dynamic Dozen Heisman frontrunners coming into the 2011 season. However, many of times the Heisman winner ends up being someone that was not on preseseason watch lists.
Here are links to other watch lists and Heisman info:Heisman Pundit
ESPN Pac-12 Blog
These lists cover most of the preseason candidates except some longshots like Chris Relf and Edwin Baker which may have just as good of a chance looking at recent history. Bleacher Report has Terrell Pryor on their list, but I doubt he will have a chance since he has to sit out five games. Andrew Luck will be at the top of almost everyone's Heisman watch going into week one. It will be his trophy to lose. Here is a YouTube video of his college highlights so far.
1. Oklahoma2. Oregon3. Alabama4. Boise State5. Stanford6. Oklahoma State7. Florida State8. Arkansas9. LSU10. South Carolina11. TCU12. Ohio State13. Wisconsin14. Nebraska15. Texas A&M16. Mississippi State17. Michigan State18. Auburn19. Notre Dame20. Missouri21. Florida22. Virginia Tech23. USC24. West Virginia
The rankings are based on overall merit encompassing a variety of factors. The CFU Top 25 is not a prediction of other polls or of the season's final rankings. I will be posting the top 50 soon with further analysis and all rankings are still subject to change.
I also posted these rankings on a blog at http://www.hogblog.org/.