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Klein now the overwhelming Heisman favorite

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A stunning string of performances in early to mid-September led West Virginia’s Geno Smith to leapfrog USC’s Matt Barkley as the overwhelming Heisman favorite among the gambling types.

A month later, and after back-to-back miserable performances in losses, Smith has been leapfrogged, replaced by one of the players most responsible for the Mountaineers’ second straight loss.

According to the latest odds released, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is a 4/7 favorite to claim the 2012 Heisman, although some might disagree with that placement. ┬áThe latest odds come a handful of days after Klein, long a significant part of the 2012 stiff-armed discussion, accounted for seven touchdowns — four rushing, three passing — in the No. 4 Wildcats’ 41-point pasting of WVU.

Smith, a 5/2 favorite when the last odds were released Sept. 21, is now a distant second to Klein at 4/1.  The preseason favorite Barkley dropped from 5/1 to 7/1, the same as Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.

Barkley was at 3/1 before the start of the 2012 season.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is the lone defensive player listed, coming in at 15/1.

Below is the complete list of Heisman odds, again courtesy of

Collin Klein (QB Kansas State) 4/7
Geno Smith (QB West Virginia) 4/1
Matt Barkley (QB USC) 7/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 7/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 8/1
Manti Te’o (LB Notre Dame) 15/1
Kenjon Barner (RB Oregon) 33/1
Landry Jones (QB Oklahoma) 33/1

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10 Responses to “Klein now the overwhelming Heisman favorite”
  1. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 25, 2012 5:19 PM

    Teo !!!!!!!!!!!! IF he racks a few key plays in a ND win at OK, you can bet his case will be huuuuge.

  2. truefootballinsight says: Oct 25, 2012 6:00 PM

    Te’o is one of the best ILB of his class, however his stats will be more than what he really deserves. His ND defense isn’t loaded with studs such as LSU’s and South Carolina’s. How can Teo be a contender but Clowney isnt? Jeez Clowney is the most gifted athlete I have seen in years! I can’t remember as physically advanced as he. And Clowney has his stats with All-SEC and all American players on his defense, his dominance is beyond belief. Teams double and triple team him every game and he still causes havoc. Even if he does not get the sack he’ll get a holding call on the OLine. His speed, athleticism and strength is one we will see in the NFL for years to come. Also Clowney has played one of the Roughest schedules in America with road games back to back at LSU and UF. Clowney will be the #1 pick, no doubt. Te’o on the other hand had to fight to clinch wins vs a solid Stanford team, and a BYU team( no impressed). He has good instincts and is physical. But he, my friends will never be a Clowney. Speaking of, ILB Minter on LSUs team is better IMO. He has to compete for tackles and sacks vs an all NFL defensive line and a good secondary. Look at his game vs UF in the first half. Unbelievable. Same with Clowney. Look at his games. Much more dominant than Teo.

    Don’t get me wrong, Teo is a STUD. He is a great LB and would start on any defensive squad. I just think there are other, more deserving defensive players. I think the reason for his heisman run has got to be his personal life and the tragedy that happened to him. My heart goes out to him. But if the heisman was really awarded to the best player, it’d be Clowney over Teo. Also Clowney goes up against across the board good offensive lines, besides maybe Kentucky and Vanderbilt. The offensively ruled trophy should really look at the players it awards. Looking at the players opposition I.e. Braxton miller, anyone would look good vs the B1G. However this years offensive heisman players is down. However voters should really look at the other side of the ball. Football isn’t an offense only game. Last time I checked, alabama has won with astounding defense, Oklahoma got shut down after breaking tons of records by good defense. Now I’m not saying anything about conferences, but Defensive stars should receive some heisman hype. If tyrann can get an invitation, so should other more deserving corners. ( he was a liability is coverage, he was only good on ST and stripping the ball or getting lucky around a stripped ball) don’t believe me? Look at the NCG. He got destroyed by Alabamans WR’s

    Sorry rant over


  3. zemaniak says: Oct 25, 2012 6:15 PM

    Your arguments on clowney vs Te’o are weak and obviously biased
    Tell ya what, i invite you to look at highlight reels of both on Youtube, and those only tell half the story. Te’o s ND’s general on D and a lot of what makes him special doesn’t show on said highlight reel
    Analysts are better than you think, give them credit

    That said, i agree, defensive players should be showcased more
    As ofvtoday, i agree Klein should be the frontrunner, but Te’o should be second

  4. olebubba says: Oct 25, 2012 6:18 PM

    Here….I’ll make it real simple
    Te’o > Clowney
    Enough said!!!

  5. gatorword says: Oct 25, 2012 6:38 PM

    If Suh didn’t win it a couple of years ago, Te’o has little chance. Suh was completely dominant his senior year and had the stats to win the Heisman.

    Both Clowney and Te’o are very good players and arguing over who is better is like picking between bacon and…maple bacon? Both make life better. It’s bacon for god’s sake. Now I’m thinking about bacon. Gotta go.

  6. marcinhouston says: Oct 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    If they aren’t going to give it to a defensive player this year, they should formally disqualify defensive players. This is the year of the QB meltdown and if we are down to scouring division II level progams from basketball schools for a top candidate its time to look at defense. If not for his recent struggles, I might make a strong case for LSU punter Brad Wing over any QB.

  7. zemaniak says: Oct 25, 2012 7:32 PM

    LULz at gatorworld
    Damn, now i’m hungry too

  8. manchestermiracle says: Oct 25, 2012 9:12 PM

    These pundits remind me of some kids at the toy store: “Oh, look at that one! Oh, and that one! No, THAT’S the one I want!”

    As soon as Smith torched a couple of crappy secondaries he was anointed the second coming of John Elway. Barkley looking pretty average certainly helped Smith’s ascension. Then he crashed and burned and Klein got the attention. For torching some crappy defenses.

    Should Klein not fold as Smith did then he certainly deserves to remain in the hunt. Last year Barkley didn’t really shine until the second half of the season. We’ll see if he can repeat that, but the Heisman blathering is no better than the BCS chatter: None of it means diddly-squat until the end of the season.

    The Heisman is for college football’s outstanding player of the year and it is usually given to a player from the offense, fairly or not. Yet there is an award for defensive player of the year, the Chuck Bednarik Award. It’s only been around since 1995 (vs. 1935 for the Heisman), but it rewards the best defensive player and deserves attention.

    Fun fact: Did you know the original Heisman (called the DAC Award, for NYC’s Downtown Athletic Club) was given in recognition of the best college football player “east of the Mississippi River?” A year later that was changed to include the entire nation, as well as the name to honor the DAC’s athletic director John Heisman, who died that year.

  9. sinister23 says: Oct 26, 2012 9:47 AM

    On what planet does Braxton Miller have a chance?

    Here’s my beef with the Heisman.

    It’s an individual trophy, so your team shouldn’t have to be a national contender to be considered.

    It’s WAY TO QB oriented. If you have a freak year on defense, that should trump
    A solid year on offense.

    I truly feel the Heisman is 3 years from being complete irrelevant. It’s absolutely asinine!

  10. jm8ch10 says: Oct 27, 2012 5:56 AM

    I thought this was Heisman talk. What are all of these comments about defensive players? It’s about the Heisman, not the Outland trophy or Butkis award. Klein is the winner if the season ends now but the season doesn’t end now so let’s wait and see.

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