Despite numerous juniors, three sophomores and now a second freshman, there has been only one repeat winner of the Heisman. Could Winston join Griffin as repeat winner?
Recent winners of the award share numerous characteristics - playing for a winner (and not 8-4 types, try national title contender types), playing a questionable schedule (easier to rack stats) or at least one with several bad teams, surrounded by talent perceived as good but not great, and a defense perceived as weak (Winston defied odds here - but the defense didn't get early respect, so it could be perception again)
One by one
Winner - should be a check here
Questionable schedule - FSU's schedule strength improves greatly, increasing the odds for a bad game, but plenty of games to rack up statistics
Surrounding talent - the argument could be made that Winston is surrounded this year by talent not respected outside of FSU fandom. Who returns and if FSU has two 1000 yard WRs and a returning 1000 yard rusher next season could change the perception next season, raising questions of Winston winning in a very talented system. This may ending up something for him to overcome next season
Defense - while teams with very good or great defenses have had recent Heisman winners, it is recently rare, with 2013 being an exception. But there is no doubt that Winston's campaign benefitted from an early perception of overcoming a weak defense with all its 2012 starters lost to the NFL. That perception has already given way to reality, and that reality could hurt a repeat effort.
Bottom line - I think that Winston, after such a dominant 2013 over the field, will be the favorite to start the season. But as for Winston vs the field, take the field.