The Heisman Trophy spotlight has shifted 983 miles west from Morgantown, W.Va., to Manhattan, Kan.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein seized the top spot in the Scripps Heisman Poll this week, supplanting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Klein rushed for four touchdowns and threw for 323 yards and three more touchdowns in the Wildcats' 55-14 rout of the Mountaineers last Saturday. He received first-place votes from all 10 Scripps Heisman Poll voters and leads with 50 points.
Smith threw for just 143 yards, one touchdown and his first two interceptions of the season. After leading the Scripps Heisman Poll all season, he fell to third this week with 18 points.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is second with 20 points. He had 10 tackles and an interception in the Fighting Irish's 17-14 victory over BYU.
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron jumped from a tie for ninth last week to fourth with 16 points, following his 306-yard, four-touchdown passing performance in the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide's 44-13 victory over Tennessee.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (12 points) is fifth, dropping from second last week. Last Saturday against Purdue Miller was injured and left the game in the third quarter while the Buckeyes were losing, 20-14. Before his injury he had rushed for 47 yards and one touchdown, lost two fumbles, and thrown for 113 yards and an interception. Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton rallied the Buckeyes to a 29-22 overtime victory.
The Scripps poll is the longest running Heisman poll in the nation. Since its inception in 1987, it has correctly picked the Heisman winner in its final weekly poll 21 of 25 years, including Robert Griffin III last year. Ten Heisman voters each selected five players this week, and points are awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with five points for a first-place vote, four points for second, etc.
This week's top five:
Player, School, Season Stats, Poll Points (first-place votes in parentheses).
1. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 1,397 passing yards, 70.5 completion pct., 10 TDs, 2 interceptions, 551 rushing yards, 14 TDs, 50 (10)
2. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 69 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered, 20
3. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia, 2,414 passing yards, 74.2 completion pct., 26 TDs, 2 ints., 56 rushing yards, 1 TD, 18
4. QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 1,476 passing yards, 68.8 completion pct., 16 TDs, 0 ints., -45 rushing yards, 0 TDs, 16.
5. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 1,384 passing yards, 58.7 completion pct., 11 TDs, 5 ints., 959 rushing yards, 10 TDs, 12.
Others receiving votes: Oregon RB Kenjon Barner 11, Texas Tech QB Seth Doege 10, USC QB Matt Barkley 4, Oregon RB/WR/KR De'Anthony Thomas 4, Georgia QB Aaron Murray 3, Wisconsin RB Montee Ball 2
Last week's top five:
1. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia, 38 (5)
2. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 30 (1)
3. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 28 (1)
4. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 16 (1)
5. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 15 (1)
Voters: Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Randy Beard, Evansville Courier & Press; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Bob Condotta, Seattle Times; Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com; Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; John Helsley, The Oklahoman; Mike Griffith, Mlive.com; Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch, and Michael C. Lewis.
(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, http://www.shns.com )