College football 2012: Heisman Trophy watch

  • Updated: August 28, 2012 - 9:20 PM
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1. MATT BARKLEY, SOUTHERN CAL

Why he could win: He passed for 3,528 yards and 39 touchdowns last season and returns to the best wide receiver group in college football.

Why he won't: It's always tough as the prohibitive favorite. Every mistake or average performance gets magnified.

2. MONTEE BALL, WISCONSIN

Why he could win: He won't have to share the spotlight with Russell Wilson and is a touchdown machine (he scored 39 TDs last season).

Why he won't: A new quarterback and new offensive coordinator could take time to click. Plus, defenses will stack the line to try to stop him.

3. MARCUS LATTIMORE, SOUTH CAROLINA

Why he could win: He's the best running back in the best conference on a team that has a chance to be really good this season.

Why he won't win: He suffered a torn ACL midway through last season. Can he stay healthy and regain his form?

4. DENARD ROBINSON, MICHIGAN

Why he could win: Dual-threat quarterback should put up big numbers and highlight plays. He will get lots of attention if Michigan is as good as advertised.

Why he won't win: Faces Alabama in the season opener and finishes at Ohio State with a trip to Nebraska sandwiched in between.

5. GENO SMITH, WEST VIRGINIA

Why he could win: He passed for 4,385 yards and 31 TDs in 2011 and should pile up impressive statistics again in Dana Holgorsen's pass-happy offense.

Why he won't win: A move to the Big 12 will be an adjustment. He also doesn't have the same national profile as Barkley or Ball.

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Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 5 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. McCarthy 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee 0
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 2
Cleveland - WP: Z. McAllister 3 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 2
Washington - WP: D. Storen 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 3
Seattle - LP: F. Rodney 2 FINAL
Texas - WP: P. Figueroa 3
Boston - WP: C. Capuano 6 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: L. Garcia 4
Kansas City - WP: D. Duffy 6 FINAL
Houston - LP: J. Williams 4
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland - LP: D. Pomeranz 4 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Smith 5
Colorado - LP: J. De La Rosa 2 FINAL
San Diego - WP: A. Cashner 4
Los Angeles - LP: J. Howell 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: J. Machi 2
Chicago 86 FINAL
Charlotte 91
Indiana 101 FINAL
Orlando 86
Atlanta 111 FINAL
Milwaukee 103
Dallas 105 FINAL
Memphis 106
Detroit 111 FINAL
Oklahoma City 112
Houston 100 FINAL
New Orleans 105
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
San Antonio 100
Brooklyn 85 FINAL
Cleveland 114
Philadelphia 100 FINAL
Miami 87
Utah 136 FINAL
Minnesota 130
Washington 118 FINAL
Boston 102
Toronto 92 FINAL
New York 95
Golden State 116 FINAL
Denver 112
LA Clippers 104 FINAL
Portland 110
Phoenix 104 FINAL
Sacramento 99
Montreal 5 FINAL(OT)
Tampa Bay 4
Columbus 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 4
Dallas 3 FINAL
Anaheim 4
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2

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