Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said, “They respond to him, not only by what he does, but also what he addresses them about in the areas other than just football... I think Collin has manifested a leadership style that encompasses far more than just football.”
Johnny Manziel is really the only other player that has a chance at winning the trophy, but he will get less credit for facing weak competition in his last two games and Klein must falter for Johnny Football to have a chance. Of course, Manziel soared in the Heisman polls after he led Texas A&M to an upset over previous number one Alabama. The game performance was valiant enough to be designated as a Heisman "moment", but he needs some outside help to be the first freshman to win it.
Kenjon Barner dropped from two to four after a poor performance against California. Barner finished with just 65 yards on 20 carries. His teammate QB Marcus Mariota stole the spotlight with six passing touchdowns in the game.
There are a few newcomers to the polls listed below. Marcus Mariota, Colby Cameron, Giovani Bernard, and Montee Ball all made appearances this week after being left off previously. None really have a shot at winning the Heisman Trophy, but there is a chance that one could make a late surge for a trip to New York. Ball was a finalist last season.
Alabama QB AJ McCarron fell from fourth last week to completely out of the combined poll results. Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater was the only other player to fall out, but had just one point last week.
Listed in the combined poll results below are polls from HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com, ESPN, and USA Today combined together. There are 928 official voters for the Heisman Trophy.
Side By Side Comparison
QB Collin Klein Kansas State
Overall Record: 10-0
Record vs BCS Top 25: 3-0
Total yards: 2,768
Total touchdowns: 31
QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M
Overall record: 8-2
Record vs BCS Top 25: 2-2
Total yards: 3,794
Total touchdowns: 33
Combined Poll Results
1. QB Collin Klein Kansas State 206 (53)
2. QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M 102 (5)
3. LB Manti Te’o Notre Dame 70 (2)
4. RB Kenjon Barner Oregon 63
5. QB Braxton Miller Ohio State 34
6. WR Marqise Lee USC 23 (2)
7. QB Marcus Mariota Oregon 8
8. QB Colby Cameron Louisiana Tech 3
9. RB Giovani Bernard North Carolina 2
10. RB Montee Ball Wisconsin 1
10. QB Tajh Boyd Clemson 1
Number one votes in parentheses.
Remaining Games for Top Contenders
Sat Nov 17, at Baylor
Sat Dec 1, vs Texas
Sat Nov 17, vs Sam Houston St
Sat Nov 24, vs Missouri
Sat Nov 17, vs Wake Forest
Sat Nov 24, at USC
Sat Nov 17, vs Stanford
Sat Nov 24, at Oregon State
Sat Dec 1, Pac-12 Championship