Report: Decision on Florida State QB Winston could come this week

A decision on whether Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will be charged in a sexual-assault case could come this week, a chief assistant state attorney told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday.

"I do think it's going to be, hopefully, by the end of this week, possibly into next," assistant state attorney Georgia Cappleman said, according to the Sentinel.

Cappleman said the state attorney's office is almost finished collecting evidence in the case, but there is at least one more person with whom officials would like to speak.

Whether the decision comes out this week or next could have an effect on Florida State's national championship hopes and Winston's Heisman Trophy candidacy.

Florida State is No. 1 in this week's BCS standings and faces Duke on Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C., in the ACC championship game.

The final BCS standings will be released on Sunday, and voting for the Heisman Trophy closes at 5 p.m. ET on Monday.

If Winston is charged with a felony this week, he might be suspended from the team, which could influence how voters in the USA Today poll and Harris poll cast their ballots.

A felony charge also is likely to affect the Heisman voting, even though his guilt or innocence will not have been established.