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Manziel leapfrogs Klein as Heisman betting favorite

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In the line of succession for 2012 Heisman front-runners, preseason favorite Matt Barkley begat early-season pick Geno Smith, who begat midseason fave Collin Klein.

With the finish line for another regular season fast approaching, and thanks to the on-field failings of the aforementioned players, the gambling types have turned their attention to yet another apple of their eye to hoist the stiff-armed trophy next month.

In the latest set of odds released by, the oddsmaking website has pegged Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as a 2/5 favorite to be named the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.  In the most recent odds release less than a week ago, and prior to Kansas State’s implosion against Baylor, Klein had been the favorite at 2/3 followed by Manziel at 3/1.

Klein is currently at 5/2 according to Bovada.

Should Manziel continue on his current trajectory as the favorite, he would become the first freshman, redshirt or otherwise, to take home the award.

The only players currently listed by this particular website are Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o (4/1) and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (20/1).

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50 Responses to “Manziel leapfrogs Klein as Heisman betting favorite”
  1. irishdodger says: Nov 22, 2012 12:18 AM

    Well he’s playing an embarrassingly horrible Mizzou offense this weekend so he should be ale to pad his stats.

  2. deadeye says: Nov 22, 2012 2:18 AM

    Manziel is on pace to outperform statistically both Tim Tebow and Cam Newton during their Heisman seasons.

    I think he deserves it.

  3. barbeaux says: Nov 22, 2012 3:03 AM


  4. smcgaels1997 says: Nov 22, 2012 4:05 AM

    At some point everyone needs to really open up the field for defensive players…big deal QB’s light it up like Madden then useless in the NFL. It’s defensive studs that succeed in the NFL on a more consistent basis. It’s a biased position because they know what they are doing..the defense has to react..completely overrated award and needs to really shift it’s focus

  5. norcalirish says: Nov 22, 2012 6:25 AM


  6. coryfor3 says: Nov 22, 2012 7:04 AM

    Not that the numbers don’t back him or that he has a good argument but let’s just rename this the “flavor of the day at the end of the season-prisoner of the moment” trophy.

  7. loadofwashmother says: Nov 22, 2012 8:15 AM

    Qb get one got game and here is the heisman while Manti does it every game and no love Look up what heisman stand for and it has to be Manti he doesn’t say flashy qb, just look up the definition
    Manti all the way that kid is the heisman if he doesn’t get it the trophy is worthless then they should change the name to best flashy qb

  8. kdbroom says: Nov 22, 2012 8:49 AM

    They should just recategorize this trophy from the “best player” to the “best offensive skill position player”. You rarely see defensive players win, and of those who do, it’s normally because they also play on offense and/or special teams. If you are an OL, DL, LB, or TE, you have zero chance of winning it.

  9. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 22, 2012 9:33 AM

    Total tackles: 39th in the nation
    Solo Tackles: 81st in the nation
    Sacks: Not in the top 100 (2 ahead of him on his own team)
    Tackles for loss: not in top 100 (2 ahead of him on his own team)
    INTs: Tied for 2nd in the nation with 6 (1st place guy has 8). 5 of those INTs came against unranked teams.
    Passes Defended: 45th in the nation
    Fumbles forced: not in top 100

    Yeah, that’s a Heisman trophy winner

  10. kozbee says: Nov 22, 2012 9:49 AM

    Very seldom does the QB or running back fumble the Heisman trophy.Johnny Manziel should win it.Manziel has put up better numbers and imo will be the player to join such an elite group of the best players to ever play the game.Goodluck Johnny Manziel imo you played to that ability to be the best.

  11. irishking says: Nov 22, 2012 9:59 AM

    While Manziel is a very deserving candidate, I must cast my vote for a defensive player….Manti Te’o. Te’o can elevate his chances for the Heisman this Saturday night.

  12. saints97 says: Nov 22, 2012 11:38 AM

    A linebacker gets a few interceptions against crappy teams and suddenly he’s the best player in college football?

    There are a bunch of LBs with better numbers on teams that aren’t the overrated Notre Dame, and you don’t hear anything about them. I wonder why.

  13. irishking says: Nov 22, 2012 12:19 PM

    Te’o happens to be the best linebacker on the Number 1 undefeated team. Wait and see how he performs against USC.

  14. fnc111 says: Nov 22, 2012 12:59 PM

    Hahahaha what a joke. Manti is the definition of the Heisman award but will get robbed by the hypocrite voters.

  15. twreck13 says: Nov 22, 2012 1:02 PM

    Goodfieldnohit says it all. Te’o is all hype

  16. spreadthecheese says: Nov 22, 2012 1:45 PM

    Give it to a freshman QB on a two loss team? Because that makes sense…

  17. pushingiron says: Nov 22, 2012 1:49 PM

    Loadofwashmother do you not know this award has nothing to do with the NFL? It’s an award for college players, it has nothing to do with what they will do at the NFL level.
    The Irish linebacker is a good player, not a great player. Look at his stats against mediocre teams. There are a lot of better defensive players.
    Manziel is head and shoulders above anyone on this list. Setting SEC records, playing three top 5 defenses, it’s no even close.

  18. spreadthecheese says: Nov 22, 2012 1:53 PM


    You do realize ND had the preseason #1 schedule, right? That they played Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Miami, Oklahoma and USC? You can hate ND if you like, but there are very few schools that would schedule those teams all in one season…and then be 11-0 up to their last game.

    You have to give Te’o and the Irish their due.

  19. pushingiron says: Nov 22, 2012 1:53 PM

    Spread the cheese, what does being a freshmen have to do with it? He broke the SEC record for yards in a game twice, broke the record for freshmen yards in a season, and is abou to break the SEC record for total yards set by Cam Newton. The two losses were to two top five teams, by a combined 8 points. He has set all of the records in the SEC.

  20. pushingiron says: Nov 22, 2012 1:56 PM

    Preseason, not now. You do realize A&M has the number one ranked strength of schedule? How many top 20 defenses has ND played against? Zero.

  21. spreadthecheese says: Nov 22, 2012 1:58 PM


    Being a freshman is relevant because the award has never gone to a freshman. That doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t — it just means that generally the Heisman has gone toward upperclassmen (sometimes sophomores).

    And the Heisman has also generally gone to a player on one of the top teams in the country. And while Texas A&M is a top team, why is it that Manziel is in the running with 2 losses but that Klein is now out of the picture with only 1 loss? Getting Kansas State to #1 is surely more impressive than what Texas A&M has done (which is record two losses).

  22. spreadthecheese says: Nov 22, 2012 2:01 PM


    You can argue it any way you’d like but it still doesn’t add up. ND had the #1 schedule in the country prior to the start of the season, they’re 2-0 against top ten teams (A&M is 1-1) and the Irish are still undefeated and the Aggies have 2 losses.

  23. pushingiron says: Nov 22, 2012 2:06 PM

    Because Manziel and Klein do not play defense. Compare who they have played, and their stats. Manziel has over 1,000 total yards more than Klein. In addition, Manziel has done this playing ‘Bama, LSU, and Florida. Top defenses. Klein hasn’t played a top 20 defense. I hear people say well Johnny Football had bad games against Florida and LSU. His bad games were better statistically than Kleins good games against unranked teams and defenses. He was horrible against the worst defense (statistically) in the country 120th Baylor.
    You sound like a knowledgeable guy, check the stats and the watch some footage of the guys.
    I’m not a ND guy but I do agree with them being ranked #1, but they haven’t faced SEC teams. Like them or not the SEC owns 6 of the top 10 BCS spots.

  24. pushingiron says: Nov 22, 2012 2:11 PM

    It’s not an award for the best player on a undefeated team. Griffith won it last year at 9-3.
    Preseason means nothing, there are lot of preseason players up for awards but it means nothing until it is earned. Boyd from Clemson is a far better player than Klein or the ND LB. he isn’t even the best defensive player in the country.

  25. irishking says: Nov 22, 2012 2:27 PM

    Give it to the player from Hawaii because an Hawaiin has never been awarded the Heisman. Te’o is my man and he will prove it on Saturday night. How do you spell BLOW OUT in Hawaiin???

  26. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 22, 2012 3:25 PM

    ND is undefeated because the zebras stole the Stanford game and gave it to the domers.

    The only reason Te’o is in the conversation is because his girlfriend died.

    Someone, please show me one single play that he has made this season that single handedly changed a football game.

    I’ll hang up and listen.

  27. barbeaux says: Nov 22, 2012 4:00 PM

    @spreadthecheese….preseason rankings mean absolutely nothing. Besides, schedules are built a few years in advance. Do you think nd sat last year and decided oh we’ll play so and so this year? Nope. A&M has played the harder schedule. I know you nod types want to say nd has had the toughest road, but the big ten has been super week this year and the service academies aren’t that good.

  28. barbeaux says: Nov 22, 2012 4:08 PM

    Te’o reminds me of the honey badger. I’m an LSU fan, but last year I didn’t think he deserved to in the heisman…the trip to NY yes…but not the trophy. Te’o’s stats just don’t support it. The trophy isn’t about family tragedy. It’s about who’s the best athlete, Manziel’s on track to breaking cam newton’s records (who won the heisman) and already has better stats than tebow when he won it.

  29. minimiggy says: Nov 22, 2012 6:34 PM

    te’o is a great player but as you can see in @goodfieldnohit comment he doesn’t even come close to deserving the heisman

  30. mikefoxtrottango says: Nov 22, 2012 6:49 PM

    “Give it to the player from Hawaii because an Hawaiin has never been awarded….”

    Give to the guy from Kerrville, TX, since no one from Tivy high school has never won the award. See how stupid that sounds?

  31. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 22, 2012 7:35 PM

    Johnny Manziel

  32. goodfieldnohit says: Nov 22, 2012 9:56 PM

    how can anyone thumbs down the above video?


  33. infrno says: Nov 23, 2012 10:41 AM

    Te’o is a very good player. He’s not even the best at his position, though. As I said in a different thread, Kevin Minter has better numbers against better opponents, but he’s not on the #1 media darling with an admittedly cool name.

    Manziel should win it but he won’t. He’s a freshman and while I think it’s completely stupid, there are enough voters that simply won’t vote for a freshman even thought he is the most valuable player in the NCAA.

    Te’o will probably get the sympathy vote.

  34. kozbee says: Nov 23, 2012 12:04 PM

    Alot of good defense players in the game each year that are deserving.Most Heisman winners research back are either Quarterbacks or runningbacks,.Te`o is another one of those players that imo a Heisman player but he will not win regardless.Its like finding a piece very rare to like seeing another position win the Trophy.JohnnyManziel will win but if he should come in second it will be due to a tie and choose who will win between 1 & 2.My choice imo will be a QB,Manziel should win with little doubt and he is one of those rare players that play among others and imo deserving the trophy.

  35. kozbee says: Nov 23, 2012 12:21 PM

    @ Deadeye

    Your on the money as fact Johnny is another Tebow and Newton the way he can cut and run,hes amazing.I got to see one game of his verse Bama and these A&M fans just go crazy in the stands lol.This kid has lightning speed,can cut very well at a high speed and tackling him he looks better then most runningbacks in the game.I wish him well when he reaches the pros cause this kid is amazing to watch.All i can say is wow each time Texas A&M goes on offense.By the way Texas fans who will be the QB come 2013 cause Johnny imo is ready for the next level.

  36. gfj7000 says: Nov 23, 2012 2:12 PM

    Looks like this Sportswriter, John Taylor is one of the last reporters on the Titanic, that keeps ‘puffing up’ Johnny Manziel for Heisman – like Johnny M. is a ‘Pillsbury Doughboy’. One game doesn’t make you ‘THE HEISMAN AWARDEE! Perhaps he should check the majority of the writers that are saying that ‘Johnny won’t get it’ because he’s only a Freshman. Only (3) freshman have ever been awarded the Heisman in 75 years. So, he’s more suited to win the Maxwell award this year, and be up for voting for Heisman next year vs. the likes of DeAnthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota for starters… Better change your trumpet John, as it’s ‘out-of-tune!

  37. barbeaux says: Nov 23, 2012 2:43 PM

    Gfj2000, uhhh he hasn’t had just one good game all season. If that was the case, how would you explain that stats that are on track to break cam newton’s rushing and passing records? Manziel has produced a ton this season. Would A&M be the same without him? I’d say nope. Would ND be the same without Te’o? I’d day yes since he’s not much of a leader in stats at all.

  38. pinchegringo12 says: Nov 23, 2012 5:18 PM

    Teo is good, but Manziel over Tebow and Newton all day long….as a freshman.

  39. irishking says: Nov 23, 2012 8:28 PM

    When the Trojans go down in smoking ruins tomorrow evening, Manti will win the Heisman. Why? Because he deserved it.

  40. barbeaux says: Nov 23, 2012 10:58 PM

    Deserves it why exactly? Please lay out his stats and his ranking in those stats nationally.

  41. irishking says: Nov 24, 2012 7:23 AM

    For openers how about playing on an undefeated team whose defense led by Manti Te’o was largely instrumental in keeping ND undefeated? Now that alone makes a very strong and compelling case for the Heisman.

  42. barbeaux says: Nov 24, 2012 8:39 AM

    So he leads the nd defense in many defensive statistics? Which ones? How do the offenses of the teams they face rank nationally. I need stats not biased hyperbole.

  43. barbeaux says: Nov 24, 2012 12:17 PM

    Still waiting on those stats about Te’o……

  44. irishking says: Nov 24, 2012 2:13 PM

    Sorry but I had to go to the license branch to get my 68 Charger R/T titled, registered and plated. I may run up to Granger to off Ara a ride…I owe him one.

  45. barbeaux says: Nov 24, 2012 2:43 PM


  46. barbeaux says: Nov 24, 2012 8:26 PM

    Manziel just broke cam newton’s SEC offensive stats. Cam won the heisman the year he set those records.

  47. saints97 says: Nov 24, 2012 11:43 PM

    Stats this week:

    Manziel: 5 touchdowns
    Te’o: 4 tackles

  48. irishking says: Nov 25, 2012 12:18 AM

    But Teo’s tackles, sacks and interceptions were instrumental in landing ND in the BCS National Championship game on January 7th. Te’o did everything except play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony on the field but I understand that he is also practicing that to get ready for Bama.

  49. irishking says: Nov 25, 2012 12:20 AM

    I should drive my 1968 Charger R/T down to Miami.

  50. getyourownname says: Nov 25, 2012 10:43 AM

    Manziel is one exciting player to watch. Will he stay 4 years?

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