To be able to pinpoint who is going to win the Heisman Trophy this early in the season is like trying to pinpoint the date the sun is going to explode — it’s impossible at this time. But we can try and get a good idea of who is going to be finalists and try to pick the favorite week to week, after all that’s what makes the race so fun.
Up until a few weeks ago, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was running away with the Heisman race, but as is true almost every year in college football, all it takes is a few bad performances and a couple of losses to sink your chances dramatically. One man has benefited from consistent play and thrilling wins for his team including one over Smith and the Mountaineers.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has been leading the Wildcats up the Top 25 and now deep into the BCS. The Wildcats are now ranked No. 3 in the BCS and Klein is reeping the benefits, becoming the front runner to win the Heisman, at least for this week.
But Klein has been quietly having an amazing season, and he’s just now finally getting the recognition he deserves at this point. With huge wins over Oklahoma and West Virginia as well as a thrilling win over notorious spoiler Iowa State, Klein hasn’t put up insane and inhuman numbers but he’s been winning big games and leading the way.
According to a USA Today Sports Media poll, Klein received 32 first place votes and 102 overall votes, which was good for 72 more total votes than the runner up, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.
The aforementioned Geno Smith sunk to fourth place, with Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller placing ahead of him. USC’s Matt Barkley rounded out the top 5, with Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, Oregon’s Kenjon Barner, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Texas Tech’s Seth Doege receiving multiple votes.
The race for the Heisman is far from over, but as we enter the tenth week of the season, we’re starting to get a clearer picture the closer we get to the end of the season.