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Friday, January 20, 2012
An early look at the Heisman Predictor

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

It's going to be, uh, a while before the Heisman heats up in 2012, but Ryan McCrystal took a look inside the Heisman Predictor at ESPN Insider to forecast what the 2012 picture looks like.

The Big 12 front-runner is pretty obvious: Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.

McCrystal writes:
Typically, high-profile players have a leg up on other contenders entering the year, but that might not be the case for Jones in 2012. As a preseason favorite in 2011, Jones failed to live up to expectations and dropped out of the race altogether by season's end. Now, as a four-year starter, Jones will face expectations that are higher than ever -- and simply meeting them might not be enough.

That said, Jones certainly has the potential to win over his doubters. Oklahoma's offensive scheme is favorable for Heisman candidates, as Jason White and Sam Bradford can attest. Additionally, the Sooners have two games, against the Texas Longhorns and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, which are sure to receive national attention.

Jones checks in at No. 6 on the list, and West Virginia's Geno Smith checks in at No. 9.

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein also gets a shoutout.

What do they need to do to win the trophy that Baylor's Robert Griffin III brought back to the Big 12 this year?

Check out the full post to see.