Favorites

Jason White, Quarterback, Oklahoma

For: He won it last year. White will put up numbers if he stays healthy -- he got banged up at the end of last season -- because he is surrounded by a talented group of wide receivers, namely Mark Clayton. White's stats will also be helped because Texas is on Oklahoma's schedule. (The Sooners won, 65-13, last season.)

Against: He won it last year. Only one other player (Archie Griffin in 1974 and '75) won the award twice.

Matt Leinart, Quarterback, Southern California

For: Last year he had numbers that rivaled those of Carson Palmer, the 2002 winner from USC. His team could be even better this year.

Against: A strong running game could dilute Leinart's stats. And an East Coast bias among voters, which the West Coast football world always expects, could diminish his votes.

Contenders

Darren Sproles, Running Back, Kansas State

For: He's electric at 5 feet 7. Sproles had 16 touchdowns last season and averaged 6.5 yards per carry. He scored 17 touchdowns two years ago.

Against: A suspect quarterback situation could limit his effectiveness and his team's success.

David Greene, Quarterback, Georgia

For: The Bulldogs have nine offensive starters back from last year's team.

Against: Louisiana State, which beat Georgia twice last season, might crush the Bulldogs into submission Oct. 2 and quiet the Greene watch early.

Dark horses

Chris Leak, Quarterback, Florida

For: One of the most dynamic players in the nation, Leak has matured since his freshman year and will garner the limelight if he orchestrates a win at Tennessee on Sept. 18.

Against: He's only a sophomore and could be in for an erratic season at Florida, which is in the third year of the turbulent Ron Zook era.

Timmy Chang, Quarterback, Hawaii

For: He'll break Ty Detmer's NCAA career passing yards record by midseason. He could throw for 5,000 yards. Forget the East Coast bias -- Hawaii's so far west, it's nearly in the Far East.

Against: He plays in the Western Athletic Conference, where teams are rumored to play defense on occasion. No voter likely will see him play all season.

Oklahoma's Jason White has the inside track on the Heisman (he won it last year), but only one man has ever won it twice.Southern Cal quarterback Matt Leinart could be a victim of East Coast bias, even if he puts up strong numbers again.If Leinart has problems being on the West Coast, imagine the problems Hawaii's Timmy Chang would face with voters. But he could throw for 5,000 yards, which would give him a fighting chance.