The real Heisman Trophy ballots have already been mailed out:
1. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton: He gets his biggest stage yet on Friday when the Tigers travel to Alabama, one of those day-after-Thanksgiving games that everybody will be watching. With 21 passing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns, he has a chance to become only the second player in NCAA history to join the 20-20 club. A big game by Newton against Alabama and an Auburn win would just about lock up the Heisman for him barring a collapse in the SEC championship game.
2. Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb: He’s second nationally with 2,047 all-purpose yards and needs 264 yards in his next two games to break Darren McFadden’s SEC record for all-purpose yardage. Cobb, who’s accounted for 16 touchdowns four different ways this season, also has a chance to rush for 500 yards and have 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. Wonder how many times that’s been done in major college football?
3. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: It’s been a brisk close to the season for Mallett, who’s bearing down on his second straight 30-touchdown season. He leads the SEC with 3,272 passing yards and 27 touchdown passes, while throwing nine interceptions. He gets his shot at one of the best defenses he’s faced this Saturday when Arkansas takes on LSU. With three more touchdown passes, he would join Danny Wuerffel, Tim Couch and Andre Woodson as the only four players in SEC history to throw for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
4. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore: Outside of Newton, there’s probably not a more valuable player in the SEC this season than Lattimore. He’s pumped new life into the Gamecocks’ running game and has already gone over 1,000 yards rushing. With 19 touchdowns, he’s one away from tying the SEC freshman touchdown record of 20 and also has a chance to break Shaun Alexander’s overall SEC touchdown record of 24, set during the 1999 season.