The offseason always presents a ton of worthwhile topics to write about such as who is going to win the 2013 Heisman trophy nearly 12 months before it's presented.
It's probably a topic that shouldn't be touched until sometime in November - let alone early January - but then again, what fun would that be.
If you're one that likes to get some early action on such things, Sportsbook.com (now found at Sportsbook.ag) has released their early odds for the 2013 award.
On the list are the usual suspects, Johnny Manziel (of course), AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, DeAnthony Thomas and Braxton Miller, among others.
The Big 12 had one lone representative on the list of 17 players. Any guess as to who it is?
It's not Baylor running back, Lache Seastrunk, who has already proclaimed he is going to win the award. It's not Oklahoma State running back, Joseph Randle, although that may or not be because he's yet to declare his intentions about entering the NFL draft.
The honor goes to Oklahoma (backup, most likely soon to be starter) quarterback, Blake Bell. Surprised? I was. He's the only guy on the list that doesn't have any starts to his name. That makes him an interesting candidate for sure, although he does have 24 rushing touchdowns to his name.
But if he does indeed when OU's starting quarterback job next season, who knows how he'll perform running the entire Sooner offense. He has just 20 passing attempts during his two seasons of actions. And we all know that's going to be a big piece of what he's asked to do next season.
If any OU player was deemed worthy of being a candidate nine months before the season kicks off, my guess would have been running back, Damien Williams, and even that might be a stretch at this point.
Of course, just because he's listed doesn't mean he'll be a candidate, obviously, just as anyone not on the list could easily put themselves into consideration when they actually start playing games. I don't recall seeing Manziel on any preseason Heisman lists and look how that turned out.
Or maybe the fine people at Sportsbook just saw this one play and decided he was Heisman worthy. Who knows.
What do you say, will the Big 12 have any legit Heisman contenders next season?