Heisman Projection: 56 ballots
Less than 30 minutes to finding out the finalists. I'm sticking with my morning take on who they'll be:
Still a long way to go, but I think we can safely say that we're seeing what will likely be the finalist list announced today: Johnny Manziel, Manti Te'o, and Collin Klein. The Heisman folks typically announce three to five finalists - though they've leaned toward the larger end of the range in recent years (TV ratings, presumably.) So, the question is, will they include Marqise Lee? After all, he's a human highlight reel from one of the country's traditional powers.
I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Lee get an invite to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. (Not the Downtown Athletic Club. Memo to media: The DAC closed its doors years ago.)
Let me add this too -- it'd be a heckuva ratings bump to add Ohio State QB Braxton Miller to the mix. Given that they're not going to a bowl game, Buckeye Nation may treat the Heisman race as their bowl game. They'll be disappointed, but ESPN and Heisman folks won't be disappointed in the ratings they'd get.
Anyway, we are still a long, long way from having a complete projection - so hang tight, we'll have a lot more votes this evening now that the voting deadline has passed. (Last year, we had 231 ballots tracked, and 217 in 2010.)
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Last updated: 12/3/2012 2:34 p.m. Pacific. 56 ballots, 142 votes.
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