Heisman Projection: 124 ballots
We're now up to 124 ballots (with 325 votes). Andrew Luck has now moved ahead of LaMichael James for second place - though it's basically a tie at this point, just a few projected points apart.
Those 124 ballots represent 13% of the vote. Regionally, we're now up to 30% of the voters in the South and 20% of the voters in the Midwest. (And yes, we adjust our projections to account for the regional disparity.)
Cam Newton appears on 115 of the 124 ballots we've tracked - and is #1 on 108 of the ballots. He is currently a unanimous #1 choice in the Southwest region (roughly, Big-12 country). He is also a unanimous #1 among the six former Heisman winners who've declared a top choice. (Steve Spurrier is a seventh former winner on our chart, says Newton is on his ballot, but won't disclose his ballot order - on principle.) Newton is doing the worst in the Midwest (Big-10 country) - where a full 24% of the voters either don't rank him at all, or have him below the #1 spot.
For the ninth year in a row, we're going to attempt to project the outcome of the greatest individual award in sports, the Heisman Trophy. We've been right eight out of eight years.
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Our latest projection
Last updated: 12/8/2010, 6:57 a.m. Pacific. 124 ballots, 325 votes.
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