The latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll was all about asking college football fans across the country with whom they prefer to wager against, as well as what they would offer to give up for a month if their favorite team lost the best. Make sure to check out the infograph below as to how the majority of fans felt about that topic. As far as the voting for the 2012 Heisman Trophy is concerned, is Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein still the best bet to win the award as the nation’s nest college football player?
While many will point to what Texas A&M Aggies freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel did to help his team knock off the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, the short answer is yes. Klein is still the odds on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, and is still the best bet with two or three games remaining in the 2012 regular season.
Klein did not have his greatest game in the win over the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday night. He did not need to, however, as the Wildcats dominated that contest right from the start. While Klein did run for a pair of scores, he threw for just 145 yards with no touchdowns and threw an interception. But Kansas State still won on their way to jumping up to the No. 1 spot in the latest BCS Standings. If the Wildcats keep winning, the Heisman is Klein’s to lose at this point, as Kansas State has just two games left on the schedule, against the Baylor Bears and Texas Longhorns. Win them both and they are most likely going to the BCS Championship, and Klein is most likely to strike the Heisman pose in New York.
But while those two things are far from guaranteed, other players and teams lurk in wait for one or both to fail.
Before we get to the competition, take a look at the complete results from the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. If you were polled in this most recent survey, how would you feel in regards to the person whom you are most likely to wager on your favorite college football team against? Also, what could you do without if your team comes up short in the big game? Feel free to weigh in below with comments to both, as well as who is your favorite college football team.
Back to the Heisman. While Klein is the clear cut favorite at this point – and the smartest wager if you feel like throwing down a friendly bet – he is not the only player in this chase.
Kenjon Barner made his way toward the top for the Oregon Ducks after his record setting performance against the USC Trojans a couple of weeks ago, but came back down to Earth in the win over the California Golden Bears this past Saturday night. Barner ran for just 65 yards and failed to reach the end zone, putting a serious damper on his Heisman chances.
Another player who dropped a bit was Alabama quarterback, A.J. McCarron, as the Crimson Tide fell to Manziel’s Aggies. While he did throw for 309 yards and a touchdown, McCarron threw two costly interceptions as the Tide suffered their first defeat all season. After leading Alabama back the week before in the comeback against the LSU Tigers, McCarron came up short with an interception in the end zone to seal the Texas A&M win.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o remains the strongest defensive player who has an outside shot at winning the Heisman, but the honor so rarely goes to a defensive player, he is still considered a long shot. Te’o intercepted his sixth pass of the season in a win against the Boston College Eagles this week, setting a school record for linebackers. But even if the Irish finish undefeated and if Oregon or Kansas State loses a game to put them in the BCS Championship Game, Te’o may still not win the Heisman.
That brings us to Manziel. No freshman has ever won the Heisman Trophy. That is more or less all you need to know. While he has had a historical season and is as exciting as any player in the country to watch on a weekly basis, Manziel may one day have his time to bask in the Heisman glory. That day will not come this year.
The final few games of the season promise to be exciting, as players are still chasing many dreams. Some are fighting for a chance to play for the BCS Championship. Others are looking to win the Heisman Trophy. Some are hoping to help lead their team to a BCS Bowl, while others are simply hoping that their team can finish bowl eligible.
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* The 15-week Discover Fan Loyalty Poll is conducted by Rasmussen Reports, a nationally recognized leader in polling, who gathers sentiment by phone from 800 college football fans who follow games at least once per week on television, radio, in person or online.
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