2014 Heisman Power Rankings: Preseason Edition

Great news, you guys - we're just days away from the 2014 college football season.

After last year's wild finish, we've now officially entered the playoff era - for the first time ever, the national championship will be decided by a football game instead of a poll. That's great news for both the fans and the players, and with the clock ticking down, now's the time to re-familiarize yourself with the stars you'll be watching on Saturdays all year long.

Last year, Jameis Winston became just the second freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy, and in 2014 he'll try to become the second player ever to win the award more than once (Ohio State's Archie Griffin is still the only player to have won the Heisman twice, in 1974 and 1975). It won't be easy, though - college football is absolutely loaded with talent this year, and there are a number of players ready to make a run at the crown:

In our weekly Heisman Power Rankings, we take several factors into account:

1. Recent performance

2. Season performance to date

3. Name recognition

4. Position played: QBs will be given additional weight given their recent domination of the Heisman award

5. Team ranking in Top 25 polls

6. Performance in big games – does each candidate have a “Heisman moment” on their resume?




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