ESPN.com’s latest Heisman Watch is out and K-State quarterback Collin Klein received all 15 first-place votes, giving him a huge lead over Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.
The poll is comprised of 15 college football writers at ESPN and this week’s results surely make Klein the guy to beat. Oregon’s Kenjon Barner received the third most points in the vote, followed by Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.
If Klein and Kansas State keep winning then the Heisman appears to be his to lose as the buzz that had been associated with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has all gone Klein’s way now. Smith took a massive tumble in the poll after losing to the Wildcats this past weekend, he is now in sixth place and his Heisman hopes seem to be a thing of the past at this point.
For Te’o to become the first true defensive player (Charles Woodson also played some offense) to win the Heisman, he would likely need Klein and the Wildcats to lose at least once and for his Fighting Irish to stay undefeated.
Barner appears to be Klein’s most likely competition for the trophy now, setting up an interesting finish to the season in both the BCS and Heisman race between K-State and Oregon. It’s quite likely that the team who ends up in the national title game against either Alabama or Florida will also likely bring home the Heisman.
For now, Klein is in command of the Heisman race and another big win over Texas Tech this weekend would stand to increase his lead over the rest of the pack with the possible exception of Te’o who has a big game as well against the Sooners in Norman.
Kansas State and Klein have never received much media attention but it’s safe to say after their victory in Morgantown last weekend, they are on everyone’s radar now.