Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Are Collin Klein and Johnny Manziel top dogs in the Heisman Trophy chase?

With two weeks left in the 2012 college football regular season, the battle for the Heisman Trophy is looking more and more like a two-man race between quarterbacks Collin Klein of Kansas State, and Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. You can thank Manziel's performance in the Aggies' defeat of Alabama for that.

It's the game within the games.

Klein is ahead of Manziel according to HeismanPundit/'s Heisman Straw Poll and ESPN's panel of experts.
 Klein got six of the 11 first-place votes in the HeismanPundit/'s poll and 26 points in the scoring system that mirrors the actual Heisman voting. Manziel got three first-place votes and 18 points. Southern Cal wide receiver Marqise Lee is a distant third with the other two first-place votes and 10 points.
Klein has an even bigger lead in ESPN's poll of 15 voters. Klein got 12 first-place votes, two second-place votes and one third-place vote. Manziel got two first-place votes, eight second-place votes and three third-place votes. Oregon running back Kenjon Barner was third (three second-place votes, six third-place votes) and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was fourth (one first-place vote, one second-place vote, three third-place votes). For some reason, this poll also allows voters to vote for fourth and fifth place, which doesn't really matter.

As for the others, Barner or Te'o could have a monster finish, but it sure looks like a two-man race with each having two games left.
It seems like a two-man race now, but two weeks in college football can be an eternity. Barner, Te'o or even Alabama's A.J. McCarron can easily do something to bring them back into serious Heisman contention. And Barner and McCarron will in all probability have the Pac-12 and SEC championship games to improve their Heisman hopes as well.

(via The Bryan-College Station Eagle)