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14 for '14: Top Heisman Trophy candidates for 2014
Conventional wisdom used to be that unless you received preseason acclaim as a Heisman favorite, you had no chance to win the award.
That notion has been blown out of the water of late: The past two winners have been redshirt freshmen, and five of the past seven winners were in their first seasons as a full-time starter.
Recent history, then, would make it seem as if putting together a list in June of the top Heisman candidates would be a waste of time because the eventual winner will have emerged from relative obscurity.
But this season feels different. There are a lot of big names who -- barring injury -- are going to put up big numbers. If there is one constant about Heisman winners, even Heisman winners who emerge from nowhere, it's that they put up big numbers for good teams.
Here is a look at the top 14 preseason Heisman candidates.
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My projections are based on historical trends, personnel, matchups and probable game scripts. Yes, it could be considered overkill to use 10 full years of past, actual, and comparable data to forecast each week, but why wouldn't you want to at least try to be as accurate as possible? I know I can't find a reason not to.
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NOTE: All stats and rankings were current heading into Thursday night of Week 3.