2012 College Football Rankings: Week 11 Heisman Update

Hunting the Heisman: Don't Look Behind You, Klein

11/12/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The entire Heisman race has been revolutionized after just one weekend.

We can thank Johnny "Football" Manziel for that, as he led Texas A&M over Nick Saban and the then-No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in the Aggies' first season as a member of the SEC.

But his late rise to the top isn't the only major shakeup of this week's race rankings. Check them out:

1. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State

145-of-208 (69.7 percent), 2,020 yards, 12 TDs, 3 INTs

Rushing: 154 carries, 758 yards (4.9 ypc), 19 TDs

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Why: Klein remains the front-runner due to his team's position in the BCS Standings. With the Alabama loss, Kansas State is destined for the national championship — and a lot of it has to do with his consistent play season long.

2. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

227-of-336 (67.6 percent), 2,780 yards, 18 TDs, 6 INTs

Rushing: 156 carries, 1,014 yards (6.5 ypc), 15 TDs

Why: If Texas A&M had somehow pulled off victories over Florida and LSU, there's no doubt that Manziel would be the hands-down favorite to win the Heisman. He's on pace to be the first 3,000/1,000 player in SEC history as a true freshman. If Manziel continues to put up numbers like this through his collegiate years, he'll be shattering NCAA records.

3. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon

199 carries, 1,360 yards (6.8 ypc), 19 TDs

Receiving: 18 rec, 218 yards, TD

Why: Barner's Heisman chances took a huge hit as he rushed for just 65 yards in Oregon's 59-17 win over California. The Ducks' entire backfield had a difficult time finding space, so it wasn't just him, but he's going to have to put up some wild numbers in the few games remaining to hold his positioning in the race.

4. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

98 rec, 1,447 yards (144.7 per game), 13 TDs

Rushing: 10 carries, 110 yards (11.0 ypc)

Why: The Trojans' woes have paid off in dividends for Marqise Lee's individual statistics. They're using his high-level versatility not only at receiver, but in the backfield and in some defensive situations. If USC reaches the Pac-12 title game, Lee is on track to finish with 2,904 all-purpose yards and 18 TDs — not including the postseason.

5. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

180-of-251 (71.7 percent), 2,164 yards, 28 TDs, 5 INTs

Rushing: 78 carries, 516 yards (6.6 ypc), 3 TDs

Why: This is one heck of a freshman quarterback class. Mariota, who has somehow been off the radar, is coming off an explosive game against Cal: the Honolulu native threw for 377 yards and six touchdowns while adding 42 yards on the ground. If you think this year's race is fun, just wait until next year.

Others to watch (in order):

6. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

7. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

8. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

9. Colby Cameron, QB, Louisiana Tech

10. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois
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