Heisman Watch: Winston can't lose it

When Florida Attorney Willie Meggs said that charges weren't going to be pressed against Jameis Winston, the Heisman Race was essentially over.

Winston has all but given the acceptance speech. Barring an unprecedented turn of events, he'll be the next winner of the prize given to college football's most valuable player.


Jordan Lynch had a chance to sneak in until Bowling Green came to crash his party last weekend, beating his Northern Illinois Huskies 47-27 to take home the MAC Championship. Lynch was still one of the six finalists selected on Tuesday, and

he and Boston College's Andre Williams would be my pick to make the trip to New York alongside Winston. While Johnny Manziel, Tre Mason, and A.J. McCarron all have good reasons to get the third and final spot, Andre Williams is my number two -- you just can't overlook a 2000-yard rusher, even if he's on a mediocre team.

Winston has been beyond vital for the Seminoles, who look to make their first appearance in the BCS Title Game since losing to Oklahoma in 2001. Florida State appeared in the first three BCS Title Games, going 1-2 in that span. While they lost to the '98 Vols and '01 Sooners, the '00 Seminoles were able to beat Michael Vick and the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Winston has given a lot of die-hard Florida State fans nostalgia, with Charlie Ward's mobility and a cannon arm reminiscent of the Seminoles' last Heisman-winner, Chris Weinke. Winston is only a freshman, and is projected to be the second freshman to win the award -- following last year's winner, Johnny Manziel.

The only way that Winston could lose this race would be if some other legal matter got in the way during the final weeks of the season. At this point, it's safe to say that he's got this one wrapped up.

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