It's Cam Newton vs. LaMichael James

Mighty mite LaMichael James has a legit shot at the Heisman if Cam Newton and Auburn fall to Alabama. Getty Images

The calendar has turned to November and we're now in the stretch run of the college football season. That means the Heisman Trophy race is heating up and the pool of candidates is drying up.

Based on the Heisman Predictor standings, the candidates have been sorted into two tiers of contenders and a third group: the wild cards. Here's a brief explanation of how each candidate can win the award in the final few weeks of the season.

Tier one