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Heisman Watch: Optimus Klein vs. Johnny Football

Two quarterbacks. Two nicknames. One Heisman Trophy.

That’s what the race for the most prestigious individual award in college football comes down to at the moment.

Matt Barkley and Geno Smith had their time at the top, Manti Te’o played brilliantly at Oklahoma and Kenjon Barner torched USC, but they have all fallen back to earth. They are all chasing the two quarterbacks on top of the race.

Kansas State senior Collin Klein (aka Optimus Klein) has been in the lead for a few weeks, and unless the No. 1 Wildcats lose one of their final two games it will be difficult for anyone to catch him. But Texas A&M freshman Johnny Manziel (aka Johnny Football) has the best chance.

Manziel is red hot with Heisman voters coming off the Aggies’ wild victory over previously unbeaten Alabama. He threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 92 yards and often made plays out of nothing. It was impressive stuff, and he surged comfortably into second place. He earned a few first-place votes in some straw polls and convinced Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage to write the following:
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