Heisman Race 2012: Top 5 Heisman Contenders Through Week 10

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 6, 2012

Nov 3, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner (24) scores on a 22-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Southern California Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Oregon defeated USC 62-51. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

After a big day from a certain running back from Oregon in Week 10, the Heisman rankings have been jumbled throughout the country.

Will the senior speedster overtake Collin Klein of Kansas State for the top honor? What about A.J. McCarron of Alabama after lifting the Crimson Tide to a 21-17 victory over LSU in Death Valley?

Here's a look at my Heisman rankings through Week 10 of the 2012-2013 college football season.


5. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

Braxton Miller has been everything the 9-0 Buckeyes could have hoped for and more this season.

The sophomore is averaging 8.0 yards per pass attempt while tossing 14 touchdowns to six interceptions, but he's done the most damage on the ground, rushing for 1,166 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Not only that, he's had big games against teams such as Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State.


4. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

Manti Te'o is the leader of a defense allowing 11.7 points per game, second in the nation.

He's not only notched 85 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, he's also recorded five interceptions, tops among linebackers in the FBS.

Te'o is a big reason why the 9-0 Fighting Irish are currently ranked No. 3 in the country.


3. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

A.J. McCarron continues to impress me this season.

The junior may not have had eye-popping numbers against then No. 5 LSU in Week 10 (14-of-27, 165 yards, one touchdown), but he led the Crimson Tide on a five-play, 72-yard drive in Death Valley to win the game with less than a minute remaining.

McCarron now has 19 touchdowns to zero interceptions this season and he's proving to be the kind of leader fit to win a national championship.


2. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon

After his 321-yard, five-touchdown rushing day in Oregon's 62-51 victory over USC, Kenjon Barner has now rushed for 1,295 yards (third in the nation) and 19 touchdowns (second) this season.

On top of that, the senior has averaged 7.2 yards per carry.

There was a lot of talk about De'Anthony Thomas stealing Barner's thunder this season (albeit with limited carries), but Barner has quieted any talk about the sophomore surpassing him.

In Oregon's biggest game of the season, the 5'11", 195-pounder stood tall.


1. Collin Klein, RB, Kansas State

While Kenjon Barner vaulted up the Heisman rankings in Week 10, there is still no one who can compete with Collin Klein at this point.

Not only has Klein averaged 10.1 yards per pass attempt (tied for first in the nation) while tossing 12 touchdowns to two interceptions this season, he's also rushed for 698 yards and 17 touchdowns while leading Kansas State to a 9-0 record.

After victories against Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, the Wildcats are now ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings. A great deal of that has to do with Klein.


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