Do math: Newton wins

Auburn QB has put up incredible numbers for the nation's No. 1 team, making him the obvious choice

December 07, 2010

Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn

Buzz: A favorite since the middle of the season, Newton leads the SEC in rushing (135.5 yards per game in conference play) and is the first player in conference history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. His performance in the SEC championship game, 407 total yards and six touchdowns in a 56-17 victory over South Carolina, was one of the best in the conference's history. The only thing that could prevent him being a unanimous winner would be voters' perception of his off-the-field issues.

Where he'll finish: 1st.

Up next: Jan. 10 vs. Oregon in BCS title game.

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Buzz: Luck is the latest outstanding Stanford quarterback. The sophomore threw for 3,051 yards and 28 touchdowns, breaking a school record held previously by John Elway and Steve Stenstrom. He helped lead the Cardinal to their best season ever and an Orange Bowl berth. A finalist for the Manning, Davey O'Brien, Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards, Luck is looking to join Jim Plunkett (1970) as the only Cardinal to win the Heisman.

Where he'll finish: 2nd.

Up next: Jan. 3 vs. Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl.

LaMichael James, RB, Oregon

Buzz: James delivered YouTube highlights week after week. He leads the nation in rushing (152.9 ypg) and holds the school record for the most TDs in a season (22). His 1,682 rushing yards is 40 shy of the school record for most in a season. If he wins the Heisman, he would join Alabama's Mark Ingram, Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Florida's Tim Tebow as the fourth straight sophomore to win the award.

Where he'll finish: 3rd.

Up next: Jan. 10 vs. Auburn in BCS title game.

Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State

Buzz: One of college football best pure passers, Moore finished seventh last year in the Heisman voting. Only a junior, he holds the school record for career passing yards, touchdown passes and completions as well as ranking in the top ten in several other categories. He is also finalist for the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards. Moore is 37-1 at Boise State and could break the NCAA record for most wins by a starting quarterback if he comes back for his senior year.

Where he'll finish: 4th.

Up next: Dec. 22 vs. Utah in MAACO Bowl.

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