Heisman Trophy Race: Collin Klein leads at CBS Sports poll

Matthew Holst

According to one poll, the Heisman Trophy is Collin Klein's to lose.

Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein vaulted to the top of the HeismanPundit.com/CBSsports.com Heisman Straw Poll on Tuesday, earning 10 of 11 first-place votes.

The poll prides itself on its accuracy—it correctly predicted the top seven Heisman finishers in order last season—and this week's result, with Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te'o in second, has the biggest gap between first and second place of any poll so far this season.

From the poll:

"Klein only had one other scholarship offer -- from Colorado State-- coming out of high school, but everyone in the offensive-minded Big 12 is salivating over his multi-dimensional offensive talents," said one voter. "He is playing like the most productive quarterback in the country."

Last week, West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith was in first, holding a slight lead over Klein. But when the two quarterbacks faced off Saturday, both made resounding statements in Klein's favor. Klein was 19 of 21 for 323 yards and three passing touchdowns. He also has 12 rushes for 41 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Smith was 21 of 32 for 143 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Kansas State won 55-14.

For the season, Klein is 98 of 139 in the air for 1,397 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. He's rushed for 551 yards and 14 touchdowns for the No. 4 Wildcats.

A.J. McCarron, the Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback, was third in the poll.

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