The voters will be casting their ballots soon, so here's what it looks like in the SEC:
UPDATE: we added Tyrann Mathieu. Last minute deliberation has Mathieu back in the race. Will he inch closer nationally after this weekend?
1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Richardson had one last chance to make his Heisman statement and he definitely delivered. In front of a national audience against Auburn in the Iron Bowl, Richardson rushed for a career-best 203 yards and caught a touchdown pass. He even had yet another Heisman-like run when he shook off a handful defenders before cutting from the left sideline up to the right for a 57-yard run. There were times when he slid past or ran through Auburn defenders, and then there were a few runs where he carried a group of Tigers a few extra yards just to make a point. Richardson finished the regular season leading the SEC with 1,583 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. Against SEC opponents he averaged 136 rushing yards a game and had 10 touchdowns. Richardson enters championship week as a legit front-runner in the Heisman race.
2. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: Murray's season didn't start off the way many expected, but as he prepares to face LSU in the SEC title game, he's as hot as ever on the field. In his last six games he has passed for 19 touchdowns to four interceptions. In Georgia's season finale against Georgia Tech, Murray passed for 252 yards and four touchdowns. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson might have nearly 1,000 more yards through the air than Murray, but Georgia's sophomore finds the end zone more often. He leads the league with 32 touchdown passes and is tops in the SEC in passing efficiency (155.4). Murray's decision making has improved tremendously since the beginning of the season, and he truly does make those around him better.
3. Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas: Wright has turned into one of the most consistent and reliable wide receivers around. He leads the league in catches per game, averaging nearly six a contest, and is second in yards (1,029). With his touchdown catch against LSU last weekend, Wright leads the SEC with 11 receiving touchdowns on the year, and despite getting just 27 yards against the Tigers, he still finished the regular season leading the conference with 94 receiving yards a game.
4. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: The Honey Badger returned to form against Arkansas last week. After being relatively quiet since his one-game suspension, Mathieu finished the game with eight total tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown. For the first part of the season, Mathieu was arguably the most exciting defensive player in the country. Mathieu leads LSU with 66 tackles on the season, has two interceptions and has forced six fumbles. That same player emerged once again when the Hogs showed up in Baton Rouge. Mathieu's suspension momentarily took him out of the Heisman race, but a big game against Georgia Saturday might get him right back into the discussion.