2012 College Football Rankings: Week 9 Heisman Update

Hunting the Heisman: McCarron Gaining Ground

10/29/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Collin Klein put some insurance on his significant distance from any other Heisman contender with a dominating performance over Texas Tech.

As of right now, its his to lose.

Klein's stats are good enough to win him the trophy, but what's even more impressive (and alluring to voters) is the fact that Kansas State is undefeated and No. 2 in the BCS Standings.

1. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State

Passing: 
117-of-165 (70.9 percent), 1,630 yards, 12 TDs, 2 INTs

Rushing: 122 carries, 634 yards (5.2 ypc), 16 TDs

Why: The Heisman hype did not have a negative effect on Klein's play against then-No. 14 Texas Tech. He combined for 316 yards and four touchdowns and has his team in the race for a national championship. There's not much more you can ask for in a candidate.

2. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Passing: 216-of-291 (74.2 percent), 2,414 yards, 26 TDs, 2 INTs

Rushing: 36 carries, 56 yards (1.6 ypc), TD

Why: Smith and the West Virginia offense had a week off to gather themselves after two straight blowout losses. Hopefully Smith took the time to work with his offensive line and receivers, because the upcoming game against TCU could make or break his chances for a seat in New York.

3. A.J. McCarron, QB, AlabamaBlog Photo - 2012 College Football Rankings: Week 9 Heisman Update

Passing: 
122-of-177 (68.9 percent), 1,684 yards, 18 TDs, 0 INTs

Rushing: 31 carries, -51 yards (-1.6 ypc), 0 TDs

Why: The nation's most efficient passer did what he does best against then-undefeated Mississippi State — win. McCarron is 20-1 as a starter for Alabama and has proved himself as an established field general during that time. If the Tide can walk away with a win at LSU this weekend and McCarron has another solid performance, he'll have a good chance to jump Geno Smith in the race.

4. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

Tackles: 80 tackles (33 solo)

Interceptions: 5 (35 yards)

Why: Another stellar outing for Manti Te'o against one of the premier offenses in the nation allows him to stay put in the Heisman race. He finished the night with 11 tackles, a sack and an interception as the Irish took down Boomer Sooner on the road, 30-13.

5. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

Passing: 112-of-198 (56.6 percent), 1,527 yards, 12 TDs, 6 INTs

Rushing: 166 carries, 1,093 yards (6.6 ypc), 12 TDs

Why: Nobody expected Braxton Miller to start against Penn State when they saw him leave the Purdue game in an ambulance. But he made through tests O.K. and got the nod, leading the Buckeyes to another win. He still has a ton of room for improvement as a passer, but his abilities as a dual-threat alone keep his Heisman chances alive. Still, he'll need a big game against Illinois to stay in the race.

Others to watch (in order):

6. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon

7. Colby Cameron, WB, Louisiana Tech

8. E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State

9. Marquise Lee, WR, USC

10. Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech 


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10/29/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

aarontholin wrote:
 117-of-165 (70.1 percent) is incorrect.  It's actually 70.9.  Geez, could you rip off Klein anymore?! ;)

NERD! And I mean that in the nicest way possible!

10/29/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

aarontholin wrote:
 117-of-165 (70.1 percent) is incorrect.  It's actually 70.9.  Geez, could you rip off Klein anymore?! ;)

I don't know how you noticed that, but thanks haha.

10/29/12   |   aarontholin   |   2 respect

 117-of-165 (70.1 percent) is incorrect.  It's actually 70.9.  Geez, could you rip off Klein anymore?! ;)

10/29/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

stephen77777772024 wrote:
Johnny Manziel should be in the 6 - 10 portion of the list.

He was No. 4 until his performance against a quality defense (LSU). An outstanding athlete and will only get better. Will be in the race for years to come.

10/29/12   |   stephen77777772024

Johnny Manziel should be in the 6 - 10 portion of the list.