WHY WINSTON: Winston is the quarterback of the #1 ranked team in the country, so by default he is going to be the front-runner. Winston has passed for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns in his first season. The best odds that you'll find on Winston in Vegas is 1-to-70 to win the Heisman. That is not a misprint either---you need to bet $70 to win $1.
WHY NOT WINSTON: Even though his name was cleared a week ago on rape allegations, there are those in the media who will not vote for Winston because of his involvement.
EA'S Prediction---WINNER: The Vegas odds alone should be a sign that Winston will probably win the award. That aside, Winston is putting up monster stats and is on the top ranked team. That is usually a formula to win the award
Running Back, Boston College
WHY WILLIAMS: Williams leads the nation in just about every rushing category you can think of---- yards, attempts, yards per game, 200-yard games and 250-yard games. Also, BC's running back has a feel good story to go with his eye popping stats as he was a big reason why BC went from 2-10 to 7-5 in just one season. When you throw in the fact that Williams is a great student and an equally as good person it's just the cherry on top.
WHY NOT Williams: The Williams haters point to the fact that he did nothing against USC and Clemson, two of the best defense on BC's schedule. Also, an injury in the last game of the year against Syracuse did not help.
EA'S Prediction---2nd Place: Williams will get his postseason hardware. He already was named to the All-ACC first-team and is the favorite to take home the Doak Walker Award.
Quarterback, Texas A&M
WHY MANZIEL: Manziel is the reigning Heisman winner from 2012. This year, Manziel passed for 3,732 yards with 33 TD's and 13 INT's, which is 88 yards, 5 TD's and 3 INT's less than Winston. The one huge edge that Manziel holds over Winston is that he rushed for 686 yards and 8 touchdowns compared to Winston's 193 yards and 4 touchdowns.
WHY NOT MANZIEL: Manziel might have peaked too early with the season he had in 2012 when he put up video game kind of statistics. Manziel's rushing yards were down 724 from last year and he scored 13 less rushing touchdowns. The quarterback didn't make up for it in the passing game where he threw for only 26 yards more and 7 TD more.
EA'S Prediction---3rd Place: Manziel is going to be a very popular player in terms of 2nd and 3rd place votes. Each voter will have their favorite candidate or two and when they get to #3, aren't they going to chose the player they are most familiar with?
Running Back, Auburn
WHY MASON: Mason led the SEC in rushing with 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns and was the key offensive player on Auburn's SEC Championship team. Mason performed the best when his team needed him the most. Against Alabama Mason had 164 yards and a touchdown and against Mizzou he has 304 yards and 4 touchdowns.
WHY NOT MASON: When you compare Mason's rushing yards to Williams there is no comparison. So unless you want to rank team performance ahead of individual performance you just can't put Mason in front of Williams. .
EA'S Prediction---4th Place: Mason absolutely deserved to be invited to New York based on his late season heroics and as a representative from a team in the National Championship. However, there is no reason to put him higher than 4th based on his individual numbers.
Quarterback, Northern Illinois
WHY LYNCH: If you like total yardage and total touchdowns then Lynch is your guy. The Northern Illinois quarterback finished with 2,676 yards passing and 1,881 yards rushing to go along with 45 combined touchdowns. Lynch is far and away the leading Heisman candidate from the Midwest region.
WHY NOT LYNCH: Lynch's season ended with a little bit of a dud when Northern Illinois blew a chance to get to a BCS Bowl Game and lost to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship. Lynch was unspectacular in the game throwing 1 TD and 2 INT's, and had just barely over a 50% completion percentage. He did have 126 yards on the ground but it was on 26 carries.
EA'S Prediction---5th Place: Lynch had a nice season and deserves to be the rep from a non-BCS league. However, his average performance in his biggest game of the year knocks him down.
WHY McCarron: McCarron appears as a Heisman Finalist as somewhat of a lifetime achievement award. The Alabama QB won two national titles in his career and only loss three games overall.
WHY NOT McCarron: McCarron's stats are the weakest of any of the Heisman finalists. The quarterback passed for under 3,000 yards this year and is not a factor on the ground.
EA'S Prediction---6th Place: We are hearing that McCarron will probably finish in the top 3 or 4 because voters are going to recognize his career. It's a bit of a head scratcher because that's not what the Heisman Trophy is all about. For that reason, we have him 6th.