Heisman intrigue is merely in margin

There is little intrigue leading into the 2013 Heisman Trophy ceremony Saturday in the Best Buy Theater in New York. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the overwhelming favorite to take home the coveted bronze statue.

He's the best player on the nation's top-ranked team and the highest-rated quarterback, according to both the NCAA's efficiency rating and ESPN.com's Total Quarterback Rating.

But, as with this college football season as a whole, Winston's candidacy was not without detours and complications. The redshirt freshman's often brilliant and refreshingly exuberant play on the field was offset to some degree by an off-field incident that cast a dark cloud over him and the Seminoles for weeks. He was accused of but not charged with sexual assault, and the media storm surrounding the incident, as well as the curious way the case was handled by police, still has lingering and discomfiting fumes.

How discomfiting those fumes are to voters across the country will be revealed by how wide Winston's winning margin is among the 938 total ballots cast by 870 media members, 57 previous winners and one vote from the general public.

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