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Very little drama in this year’s Heisman class

December 13, 2013

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Traditionally, there’s at least a little bit of drama surrounding the mystery of the Heisman Memorial Trophy.

Jameis Winston takes a snap in the Seminoles' 51-14 win over Clemson.

Jameis Winston takes a snap in the Seminoles’ 51-14 win over Clemson.

Not so much this season.

Florida State QB Jameis Winston is the odds on favorite to take home the hardware this season. His Seminoles finished the regular season 13-0, defeating Duke 45-7 to capture the ACC Championship and clinch a spot in January’s BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

That doesn’t mean the remaining five student-athletes that will accompany Winston to New York City this weekend are a bunch of hacks. The Heisman committee decided to make this event a celebration of several fantastic seasons by inviting more players to the ceremony than they have in nearly 20 years.

For kids like Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, this will be an opportunity to see the Big Apple for the first time, as he told SiriusXM College Sports Nation’s Jack Arute earlier this week.

For others, like Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, it’s an opportunity to show the nation that they play good football in conferences not named the SEC, Pac-12, or Big 12.

So while neither of those two will likely come away from New York with the prestigious title of “Heisman Trophy Winner,” it still is an experience they are very much looking forward to.

With Winston almost surely leading the way to win, perhaps the mystery is who finishes in second place. We posed that question on our Twitter account (@SiriusXMCollege) and got some interesting replies:

The Heisman Trophy ceremony can be heard in its entirety on Saturday at 7 pm ET on ESPN Radio, SiriusXM channel 84. After the ceremony, tune to SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91, for a complete recap and highlights from the winner.