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Predicting The Top 5 Finishers In Heisman Trophy Voting

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Predicting Top 5 Heisman Finalists

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With just a few games left on the docket in the regular season, it is getting close for the Heisman votes to be turned in. Just a few weeks ago, I thought that a quarterback would be the clear-cut winner of the award. However, over the last few weeks, several players have fallen to the back to the pack, creating a wide open Heisman Trophy race.

Players like Marcus Mariota, A.J. McCarron, and Bryce Petty have fallen from an invitational lock to the back stretch of the race. That has brought in players from a different position on the field and a few names that will not be playing for a National Championship, but still deserve serious consideration.

This year has seen fantastic seasons put up by many players, and the award is designed to go to the most outstanding player throughout the course of the year. Sadly in the last decade, serious questions have been raised involving two prior winners in Reggie Bush and Cam Newton. It would be devastating if the award was given to someone this season only to have it be taken away down the road. That act of tarnishing the award would ruin terrific seasons in college football this year.

A quarterback has won the award in six of the last seven season. This year may still very well see another quarterback taking home the award, but the gap has become closer. Here are the top five finishers in the Heisman Trophy voting if ballots were cast today.

Nick Schaeflein is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.
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5. Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Manziel is the reigning winner of the award. His team's win-loss record will keep him away from winning his second. However, Manziel's individual stats and human highlight reel will still place him in the top five.

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4. Ka'Deem Carey

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Out west, Ka'Deem Carey is having an electric season. He is a workhorse for his team and has speed to burn. In the top-five in rushing, he should receive west coast votes and crack the top five.

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3. Andre Williams

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Andre Williams incredibly leads the nation in rushing by over 300 yards. The team that he plays for is an average team. Williams' accomplishments just goes to show how good his individual talents are. From out of nowhere, he has carried a team on his back to a fantastic individual season.

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2. Jordan Lynch

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If you look at the rushing leaders in the nation, No. 3 on that list is not a running back. It is, however, a quarterback by the name of Jordan Lynch. He is also in the top 25 in passing touchdowns and fifth in scoring. Take away the conference and school that he plays for, and the stats place Lynch as the runner-up in voting.

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1. Jameis Winston

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Jameis Winston has simply had a fantastic freshmen season. He has yet to lose a game as a starting quarterback, and the numbers are there as well. If he can get cleared of off-field speculation, he has earned the right to raise the trophy this season. I just hope that it is not taken away later for actions outside of the white lines.