Heisman Trophy Finalists 2012: Odds on Each Player Winning the Coveted Award

Ian Berg@@ShugJordanPkwyCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

Heisman Trophy Finalists 2012: Odds on Each Player Winning the Coveted Award

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    The Heisman Trust released its three finalists Monday with no major surprises.

    Johnny Manziel is expected to take home the trophy as the first freshman winner in Heisman history, but Manti Te’o and Collin Klein are seniors that have made a strong case for themselves this season.

    The announcement is just days away, with voters having submitted their votes by 4 p.m. ET Monday. This could finish as one of the closest votes in Heisman history—Manziel is the clear frontrunner, but his freshman status may shy away voters.

    Here are the odds for each Heisman finalist to walk away with the bronze this Saturday. 

Collin Klein: Kansas State, Quarterback

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    Collin Klein has been a major part of the resurgence at Kansas State under Bill Snyder. Klein has led the Wildcats' offense for two seasons, with this year being his best in a Kansas State uniform.

    Behind Klein, Kansas State had an undefeated record before a major meltdown occurred against Baylor shortly after being named the No. 1 team in the country. That one loss may be enough to curtail his Heisman candidacy.

    Without Klein leading the Wildcats' offense, Kansas State would be nowhere near a BCS-bowl berth. If not for the big letdown against Baylor, Klein would be the leading name in this race.

    Best Performance: Oct. 20 vs. West Virginia: 19-of-21 for 323 yards, 3 TD; 12 carries for 41 yards, 4 TD

    Key Stats: 180-of-272 for 2,490 yards, 15 TD, 7 INT; 194 carries for 890 yards, 22 TDs

    Odds of Winning Heisman: 10 to 1

Manti Te’o: Notre Dame, Linebacker

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    Manti Te’o has come on strong in the final weeks of the season as a Heisman frontrunner. His name was missing from almost every preseason watch list, but his rise up the ranks is not surprising.

    Te’o has been a major part of the success at Notre Dame this fall, anchoring one of the best defenses in the country and shutting down a number of highly regarded offenses. While it typically is hard to see the impact of a defensive player on an every-down basis, it is tough to find a play in which Te’o is not involved.

    The Irish would not be No. 1 in the country without Te’o roaming the field. He has become the face of the undefeated Irish. He has accumulated 95 tackles this season and is tied for second in the country with seven interceptions.

    Best Performance: Oct. 27 vs. Oklahoma: 11 tackles, six solo, one sack, one interception

    Key Stats: 95 total tackles, 46 solo, 1.5 sacks, seven interceptions, four QB hurries

    Odds of Winning Heisman: 6 to 1

Johnny Manziel: Texas A&M, Quarterback

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    Johnny Manziel has become the most electrifying player in college football in the past year. The freshman burst onto the scene with a 58-10 win over Arkansas, and he hasn’t looked back since.

    The SEC has not been short on dynamic quarterbacks, and Manziel is next in a line of amazing playmakers that have graced the conference in the past few seasons.

    Manziel has reset offensive records at Texas A&M and in the conference during his first year on the field. He also became the fifth player in college-football history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

    His numbers speak for themselves, and despite being an unknown just four short months ago, Manziel is the leading candidate to take home the Heisman on Dec. 8.

    Best Performance: Nov. 3 vs. Mississippi State: 30-of-36 for 311 yards; 21 carries for 129 yards, 2 TD

    Key Stats: 273-of-400 for 3,419 yards, 24 TD, 8 INT; 184 carries for 1,181 yards, 19 TD

    Odds of Winning Heisman: 4 to 1