As other top contenders stumble, Manziel on brink of Heisman history
As the BCS title picture shifts gears, so too does the Heisman Trophy race.
No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both tumbled from atop the BCS standings after national-title-altering upsets in Week 12. The Heisman race experienced a corresponding shakeup, with longtime frontrunner Collin Klein putting up his worst performance of the season in the Wildcats' loss and Oregon's Kenjon Barner tripping up as his Ducks fell. In the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of college football, late-season trouble is the last thing a Heisman contender needs.
Not every contender disappointed this weekend, though. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel excelled once again, taking advantage of a bit of scheduling luck to rip through a hapless Sam Houston State squad.
And so, the Watchman has thrown Heisman history to the wind and anointed the Aggies' redshirt freshman as the new Heisman Watch leader. Manziel continues to generate the most buzz in the sport, and his momentum could make him the first freshman to take home the Heisman when the trophy is awarded Dec. 8.
Before we dive in to this week's rankings, which we've whittled down to three contenders,
USC WR Marqise Lee, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and Oregon RB Kenjon Barner all missed the cut this week.
SI's ballots mirror the shakeup in the Watchman's new-look rankings. Johnny Football received eight of the 10 first-place votes to take the top spot, with Te'o garnering two first-place nods. SI's staffers were harsher to Klein than the Watchman was, dropping the QB from office frontrunner to third place after the Baylor loss.
Manziel evaded the Sam Houston State defense at will, punching in five total scores in the win. (AP)
Manziel did his best place-kicker impression, but botched the extra-point attempt in A&M's blowout win.
Perhaps there's a reason for Collin Klein's recent struggles: