With the Cam Newton investigation still swirling and at least two mid-major candidates threatening to overtake those from more storied programs, the 2010 Heisman Trophy Race is in a state of late-season disarray. All that and more in today's Heisman Trophy Threat Levels.
, QB, Boise State
Cam "Cameron" Newton, QB, Auburn
Byes near the end of the season can be dangerous for tight hardware races, but a week away from the spotlight (sort of) may be just what Newton's candidacy needs. Nobody knows with any sort of certainty what the eligibility investigation will do to his Heisman Trophy chances, but lying low and then busting loose in the Iron Bowl will give him his best shot at the metal stiffarm.
, RB, Oregon
This was James' lowest-caliber game all season, unless you count his Week-1 suspension, and he came out of it injured, to make matters worse. Luckily for the Ducks, he's got a bye week to rest, and his ankle problem will reportedly not prevent him from starting in Week 12 against No. 22 Arizona, Oregon's last significant regular-season hurdle.
, QB, TCU
TCU's obliteration of Utah doesn't look nearly so impressive now that Notre Dame's been able to do the same thing, but Dalton remains a strong candidate, throwing for 240 yards and matching his season high of four touchdown passes in a close game against one of mid-majordom's stronger squads, San Diego State.
, QB, Ohio State
Put on only his third sub-200-yard game of the season against Penn State, with just 13 pass attempts, 139 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. His 49 rushing yards were nothing special. Iowa could give him some trouble, but look for a major numbers boost against Michigan's nonexistent secondary in Week 13.
, QB, Stanford
Not a grand outing for young master Luck against the strangely pesky Sun Devils. He neared the 300-yard mark through the air, but threw a pick and no touchdowns. It's Luck's first game without a scoring pass in 2010.
, QB, Michigan
Denard Robinson has done exactly what he's been predicted to do since about Week 4, when the astonishment of his prowess was wearing off and dark predictions that he'd wear out thanks to being Michigan's only potent weapon on either side of the ball were setting in. Robinson can boost his stock back to the stratosphere, but it'll take stellar performances against the mighty Ds of Wisconsin and Ohio State to do so.
, QB, Arkansas
Of all the weeks for college football's most notable Ent to have a low-octane night, facing UTEP in November has to be among the most disadvantageous. Mallett's 26 completions and 73.1% accuracy will be overshadowed by the stat line that says he "only" put up 215 passing yards in a rout of the Miners.
, QB, Nevada
It is our favorite active college football player's chronological misfortune to be a senior with a loaded offense playing at the same time as the more-ballyhooed Kellen Moore and Andy Dalton. Kaepernick's third-lowest aerial output of the season, 171 passing yards against Fresno State, was coupled with his second-highest rushing output of 2010: 153 yards and two touchdowns.
, RB, Alabama
Hasn't had a 100-yard game since September's outing against Arkanasas, and didn't even come close this week, netting only 53 yards in the Tide's victory over Mississippi State. Somewhere, somebody will still vote for him because he's already won once.