HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll: Collin Klein maintains strong lead

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein remains again the overwhelming leader in the race for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, according to the latest Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday.

The Wildcats senior totaled four touchdowns in his team’s 55-24 smashing of Texas Tech and, as a result, collected 10 out of a possible 11 first-place votes from the weekly survey of Heisman voters from across the country. He totaled 31 total points for the second week in a row, putting him well out ahead of linebacker Manti Te’o of Notre Dame, who came in second with 13 points after leading the Irish to a win over Oklahoma in Norman.

“Klein just keeps getting better and better each week,” said a voter. “And, more importantly he’s doing it against ranked teams.”

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee jumped into third place on the strength of his 345-yard receiving day against Arizona. Lee collected the panel’s other first-place vote and totaled seven points.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith tied for fourth with four points, while Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was sixth with three points.

A couple Oregon Ducks running backs–Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas–tied for seventh with two points.

Now in its seventh season, the former HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll has been reborn as the HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country during the last five seasons, with the final 2011 poll correctly picking the top seven finishers. It is made up of 11 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for three players each week. Tabulations are made on a 3-2-1 basis (just like a real Heisman ballot) with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

Each week’s poll will be released on Tuesday throughout the season at CBSSports.com and at HeismanPundit.com.

The HP/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10-30-2012
Player, total points (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State – 31 (10)

2. Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame – 13

3. Marqise Lee, WR, USC – 7 (1)

4. (tie) Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia – 4

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State – 4

6. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama – 3

7. (tie) Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon – 2

De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon – 2

About the Voting Panel

The 11 members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando SentinelTom Dienhart of The Big Ten NetworkMichael Lev of the Orange County RegisterBruce Feldman and Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.comBryan Fischer of the Pac-12 NetworkDick Weiss of the New York Daily NewsLenn Robbins of the New York PostJenni Carlson of The Daily Oklahoman and Dave Hackenberg of the Toledo BladeChris Huston, CBSSports.com Heisman analyst and publisher of HeismanPundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.

About Heismanpundit

Chris Huston, A.K.A. ‘The Heisman Pundit‘, is a Heisman voter and the creator and publisher of Heismanpundit.com, a site dedicated to analysis of the Heisman Trophy and college football. Dubbed “the foremost authority on the Heisman” by Sports Illustrated, HP is regularly quoted or cited during football season in newspapers across the country. He is also a regular contributor on sports talk radio and television.
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