Heisman Watch 2012: Collin Klein Clear Favorite After Kansas State's Huge Win

Chris Hummer@chris_hummerAnalyst IOctober 27, 2012

MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 27:  Quarterback Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats passes during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kansas State is undefeated, and Collin Klein is the Heisman favorite.

Who would have believed that at the beginning of the season?

Not many, but now it's a reality as the Wildcats continue to roll toward the BCS after their demolition of No. 14 Texas Tech on Saturday.

Once again, Klein was the biggest reason for the victory.

The running back-like quarterback was 19-of-26 for 233 yards and two touchdowns passing the ball. And as always, he made an impact with his feet, rushing for 83 yards and two scores.

Klein led his team up and down the field in the second half and was the spark that allowed the Wildcats to pull away from the Red Raiders after the teams were separated by three points entering the half.

It was a Heisman-worthy performance, and really, it was the kind of game that's become the norm for "Optimus Klein."

Surprisingly enough, a program as "storied" as Kansas State has never actually had a Heisman winner, but Klein is in great position to become the first.

He's the quarterback of one of the few remaining undefeated teams in college football, and the Wildcats have a real chance to run the table.

Kansas State has only four games remaining, and only one of those is against a ranked team. Thankfully for Klein, that game is against Texas, and its defense is softer than down-feather pillows. Plus, that's the same team that handed Robert Griffin III the Heisman last year in his final game of the regular season.

Adding to the likelihood of a Klein Heisman is that the other contenders have fallen off. Geno Smith is now at the head of a two-loss team, and Matt Barkley isn't putting up Heisman-like numbers either.

Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas doesn't even start, so it's hard to vote him for the trophy. The other favorite, Manti Te'o, plays linebacker—not exactly a position that produces many Heisman winners.

Everything sets up beautifully for the quarterback whose throwing motion is anything but.

Expect the soft-spoken Wildcat to be the second straight Big 12 QB to garner the Heisman.

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