2012 Heisman Finalists: Who’s Your Pick to Win?

When the college football season started, a lot of the world assumed the Heisman trophy was USC's  Matt Barkley's to lose (which of course he did). After Barkley, Geno Smith appeared to be the man in charge (until he wasn't). Then it became Collin Klein's award to lose (which thanks to a shocking performance by a poor Baylor defense he probably has).

The Heisman trophy and who is expected to win it is something that is followed almost as closely as who the contestants for the national title will be. We are talking about designating a single player as the best player in college football for the last season; everyone wants to be able to say they called it way back  in [insert arbitrary date here].

Predicting the winner this year is easier said than done. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel is considered the favorite to win the award becoming the first freshman in the 78 year history of the Heisman to do so. However, he will have some pretty stiff competition from Kansas State's Klein and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.

Collin "Optimus" Klein

Even with his poor game against Baylor, Collin Klein has the Kansas State Wildcats in a BCS game and won a Big 12 title. Klein has been the picture of consistency for the majority of the season with solid numbers in both the running (194 carries for 890 yards, 22 touchdowns) and passing game (184-272 for 2,490 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions).

Klein could be seen as the perfect marriage between a 'game manager' and 'dual threat' quarterback; someone with the ability to get the job done in multiple ways himself, but is just as capable at bringing the best out his teammates and letting them lead the way. His play earned him the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for the top upperclassmen quarterback.

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