Predicting the Heisman vote

How will voters approach Jameis Winston? Who are the other candidates?

Updated: December 3, 2013, 11:22 AM ET
By Ryan McCrystal | ESPN Insider

Jameis WinstonMelina Vastola/USA TODAY SportsBased only upon on-field play, Jameis Winston appears to be a lock for the Heisman.

With just one week remaining in the college football season, the Heisman race might still be up for grabs.

If you throw out all the off-field issues, the race is over. Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston would have the award locked up and would be cruising to one of the most lopsided victories in the history of the Heisman race.

But the investigation into an alleged sexual assault is hanging over Winston's candidacy, and as of right now, it appears unlikely that the situation will be resolved prior to Dec. 9, when Heisman voters' ballots are due.

The intent here is not to pass any judgement, but to simply look at what, if any, precedent there is for the character issues of a top candidate affecting Heisman voters' decisions, and which candidates are next in line for the award if Winston is removed from the discussion.