Trying to handicap the preseason field:
* Terrelle Pryor, Jr. QB, Ohio State (5-1): He seems to be everyone's favorite. Makes a lot of highlight reels, might need to get Buckeyes into national-title game.
Mark Ingram, Jr. RB, Alabama (7-1): Won last year, but he might have to put up even better numbers than a year ago. Crimson Tide's offense should be team's strength this time.
Kellen Moore, Jr. QB, Boise State (10-1): Nobody has won from non-BCS school in two decades. But if Broncos can run the table, he figures to get tons of good pub.
Ryan Mallett, Jr. QB, Arkansas (12-1): He should get the stats, but probably has to avoid too many losses on a tough schedule.
Jake Locker, Sr. QB, Washington (15-1): Might be first pick in NFL draft, but he must lead the Huskies to at least nine wins to have a realistic shot. That's just the way this thing usually shakes out.
Case Keenum, Sr. QB, Houston (18-1): He'll have the stats. But Cougars need to win a bunch, particularly when they play outside of Conference USA.
Andy Dalton, Sr. QB, Texas Christian (20-1): Like Moore, his chances become more viable the longer the Horned Frogs remain unbeaten.
Dion Lewis, Soph. RB, Pittsburgh (25-1): Panthers are favored in Big East, and second-year guys have struck the pose each of the last three Decembers.
Noel Devine, Sr. RB, West Virginia (30-1): He's as explosive as they get, but it it would obviously help if Mountaineers can crack the Top 10.
LeMichael James, Soph. RB, Oregon (35-1): Ducks figure to score early and often. If they can work their way into national-title contention, he could work his way into the finalist conversation.
Five others worth pondering: Julio Jones, Jr. WR, Alabama; Matt Barkley, Soph. QB, Southern California; Andrew Luck, Soph. QB, Stanford; DeMarco Murray, Sr. RB, Oklahoma; Jacory Harris, Jr. QB, Miami.