2012 Bloguin Heisman Poll Week Thirteen

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Week twelve threw wrench into the Heisman race but week thirteen remained stable among the front runners. Manti Te'o and the Fighting Irish remained undefeated. Johnny Football and the Aggies put Missouri out of their misery. Braxton Miller and Ohio State beat rival Michigan to finish the season undefeated. The only major contender who didn't play was Kansas State's Collin Klein. Let's take a look at how our voters see the Heisman with just over a week before the trophy is given out.

What you'll see each week in the Bloguin Heisman Poll:

*The top four total vote getters and quotes from bloggers in support of their candidates.

*A list of all players who receive votes in the Bloguin Heisman Poll

*Poll notes that look at some of the interesting facts, figures and trends of the poll.

*The BHP Roll Call of voters, the links to their respective blogs and their twitter accounts.

Without any further adieu, the Bloguin Heisman Poll…

1) Manti Te'o (LB-Notre Dame) – 15 Points, 31.21%, 3 1st Place Votes

Last Week BHP Ranking = 1

Last Week: 5 tackles, 1 INT, allowed 13 points to USC

Season: 103 total tackles, 7 INT, 1 fumble recovery, 1.5 sacks, 5.5 TFL, 4 PBU, 4 QB Hurries, 10.3 points allowed per game by Irish defense

This Week: IDLE (Regular Season Finished)

*Sorry Johnny Football fans but Te'o is the best football player in the nation and he should win the Heisman.

– Tom Perry, Eye and Eer

*Anyone looking at last weekend's game against USC and not seeing how big of an impact Te'o has on a football game at LB is either not watching the game or has a serious case of SEC bias. Te'o continues to find ways to make sure his team wins football games from the defensive side of the ball.

– Andrew Coppens, Madtown Badgers

2) Johnny Manziel (QB-Texas A&M) – 13 Points, 27.08%, 2 1st Place Votes

Last Week BHP Ranking = 3

Last Week: 32/44 for 372 yds passing, 3 TD, 1 INT, 67 yards rushing, 2 rushing TD

Season: 273 of 400 for 3419 yds passing, 24 TD, 8 INT, 68.3% completions, 1181 yards rushing, 19 rushing TD

This Week: IDLE (Regular Season Finished)

*What it will come down to is will the voters in the AARP age range vote for (1) a freshman or (2) a defensive player. I think it will be close, but like RG3 last year, his play late in the year when all the other offensive candidates faltered should push him over the top.

– Hamilton Riley, Lambeth Field

* Manziel couldn't have had a better last game. He accounted for five touchdowns in an Aggie win over Missouri. The freshman completed 32-of-44 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 67 yards and two more touchdowns. He also became the SEC's all-time (that's all-time) career total yardage leader. Pretty impressive.

– Marty Valania, Nittany Lions Den

3) Collin Klein (QB-Kansas State) – 11 Points, 22.92%, 2 1st Place Votes

Last Week BHP Ranking = 2

Last Week: IDLE

Season: 172/258 for 2311 yds passing, 14 passing TD, 6 INT, 66.7% completions, 792 yds rushing, 20 rushing TD

This Week: vs #18 Texas (8-3)

*He is the definition of an MVP for his team and has Kstate doing quite well. No he does not have ESPN behind him like others but looking at his stat line he deserves the nod.

– Ritch, Leftover Hot Dog

4) Braxton Miller (QB-Ohio State) – 7 Points, 14.58%,  1 1st Place Vote

Last Week BHP Ranking = 4

Last Week: 14/18 for 189 yds, 1 TD, 57 yds rushing

Season: 148 of 254 for 2039 yds, 58.3% completions, 15 TD, 6 INT, 1271 yds rushing, 13 rushing TD

This Week: IDLE (Regular Season Finished)

Also Receiving Votes:  Jordan Lynch (QB- NIU) 1 pt, Marquis Lee (WR-USC) 1 pt

Dropped Out:  AJ McCarron (QB-Alabama)

Poll Notes

– For the second straight week, linebacker Manti Te'o is on top of our Heisman list. The last defensive player to win the Heisman? Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997 but he also contributed significantly on special teams.

Who was the bigger winner this week? Johnny "football" Manziel. He continues to move up the rankings and is gaining more and more backing as the "hot" candidate. The question, as Hamilton mentioned above, is whether or not the established voters of the Heisman are willing to vote for a freshman.

– The only player in action this week is Collin Klein as his Wildcats host the Texas Longhorns. The game is in the same timeslot as the B1G and ACC Championship Games but it's still prime time and it's not like those games are hot commodities so if he has a superstar showing (see also: RG3 vs Oklahoma last year) then who knows….

Bloguin Heisman Poll Roll Call

Aaron Torres Sports– Aaron Torres (@aaron_torres)

Bearcats Blog– Scott (@Bearcats Blog)

Blatant Homerism– Allen Kenney (@blatanthomerism)

College Football Zealots– Kevin Causey (@CFBZ)

College Football Zealots– Pete Sonski (@29Sonski)

Eye and Eer– Tom Perry (@eyeandeer)

Lambeth Field– Hamilton Riley (@lambethfield)

Leftover Hot Dog– Ritch (@LOHDgamecocks)

Madtown Badgers– Andrew Coppens (@andycoppens)

Nittany Lions Den– Marty Valania (@TheNLD)

Saturday Night Slant– Kris Brauner (@snslant)

The Duck Stops Here– Dale Newton (@Dale_Newton)

The Little Brother Blog– Mike Wilson (@spartansordie)

About Kevin Causey

Dry humorist, craft beer enthusiast, occasionally unbiased SEC fan, UGA alumni, contributor for The Comeback.