Klein maintains Heisman lead, but Te'o rising after huge win
We might want to get used to this: Optimus Klein has struck again.
While Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o put up a monster performance against Oklahoma, Kansas State's Collin Klein maintained the status quo as the Heisman frontrunner against No. 15 Texas Tech. Klein registered a quadruple-dip of touchdowns while his then fourth-ranked Wildcats kept their national title hopes alive.
Te'o's outing took place on a bigger stage against a tougher opponent, but Heisman history isn't on the linebacker's side. A defense-only player hasn't finished higher than fourth in Heisman voting since Pitt's Hugh Green took runner-up in 1980. Moreover, Oklahoma's Brian Bosworth was the last linebacker to crack the top five, finishing fourth in 1986. Notre Dame is surging in the polls, and its defensive leader will look to buck that trend. But until then, this race is starting to look like Klein's to lose.
Before we move on to this week's rankings, here's a reminder of
Season (nine games): 112-of-198 passing for 1,527 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions; 166 rushes for 1,093 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones missed the cut this week.
Klein continues to hold the Heisman lead among SI staffers. Much like last week, the Watchman's leader garnered all first-place votes but one. However, Te'o matched Klein with a vote in every top-three list. One new addition to the field is Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, fresh off a strong outing in statement victory over Florida.
Collin Klein shredded Texas Tech's previously stout defense for four touchdowns. (Getty Images)
Braxton Miller eludes the entire Penn State roster before diving into the end zone for his 11th rushing touchdown of the season:
Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M offense took their toll on a reeling Auburn squad: