Andrew Luck, Tyrann Mathieu, and more compete in a close race for the coveted prize

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After a season of speculating who the next Heisman trophy winner would be, the field has finally been narrowed down to just five. Standouts like Matt Barkley, Case Keenum, and other deserving candidates have been cut, and we are now looking at the best of the best.

Here's a look at the order I think the finalists will finish in, but also how they got to this point. Some of these players were expected to be here, while some had to fight their way through doubt that they belonged.

Each of them rose to greatness this season, but only one can be crowned.

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