2012 Heisman watch: Klein's trophy hopes dwindling

Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

Collin Klein will need to play a monstrous game against the Texas Longhorns if he wants any chance at the Heisman Trophy. Even then, there's little guarantee.

The Kansas State Wildcats suffered quite a bit from their awful loss to the Baylor Bears. Not only are the Wildcats all but out of the hunt for the BCS Championship Game, but quarterback Collin Klein's hopes for the Heisman Trophy have probably also been dealt a death blow.

According to CBS Sports' latest Heisman projections, Klein is still in the list of candidates for sure, but will need to play out of his mind against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday if he wants to have any hopes of catching up to Johnny Manziel out of high flying Texas A&M. Manziel led the Aggies to a win over No. 1 Alabama earlier in the year and has 42 touchdowns through the air and on the ground.

Other players receiving more votes in the projection than Klein were Manti Te'o of Notre Dame, Braxton Miller of Ohio State, and Marqise Lee of USC.

Klein's best hope of getting back in the race will be to absolutely decimate the Longhorns, which could be a possibility considering the Longhorns defense has not had a particularly world-beating year. Texas' defensive unit has given up over 30 points five times this season, and gave up 63 to Oklahoma in their worst performance. Even if Klein does put up that many against the Longhorns, it will still be a longshot to expect him to take the 78th Heisman.

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