Heisman Watch 2012: Our Ballot After Week 8

Justin K. Aller

We submit our Heisman ballot after the action of Week 8

1) Collin Klein - QB, Kansas State

Optimus Klein has been as productive a player as any over the last two years, and yesterday against No. 13 West Virginia, he was incredible. Klein completed 19 of his 21 passes for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for four more scores. He has now thrown for 10 touchdowns and run for 14 in leading the No. 4 Wildcats to a 7-0 record.

2) Braxton Miller - QB, Ohio State

The Buckeyes are back, and the play of the dynamic Braxton Miller is to thank. The super sophomore has been incredible as a dual threat, throwing for 11 touchdowns and running for 912 yards, the sixth-best in the nation entering the weekend. He left the game on the final play of the third quarter yesterday against Purdue, but Ohio State held on for the win.

3) Kenjon Barner - RB, Oregon

ASU fans are well aware of what Barner is capable of. Barner ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Sun Devils, and after years as LaMichael James' understudy, has proven he is one of the top backs in the nation.

4) A.J. McCarron - QB, Alabama

The Alabama defense is the team's strength, but A.J. McCarron has been as good a quarterback as there is in the SEC. He threw for 306 yards and four touchdowns in the huge 44-13 win over Tennessee, and now has 14 touchdowns without an interception on the year.

5) Manti Te'o - LB, Notre Dame

Prior to Will Sutton's injury, he and Te'o were battling for the token defensive-player-in-the-Heisman-running spot. Teo' has been a force for the 7-0 Irish. He added 10 tackles and an interception in Notre Dame's tough 17-14 win over BYU on Thursday.

Darkhorse Spotlight: Beau Blankenship - RB, Ohio

In one of the more astonishing developments of the season, the Ohio Bobcats are 7-0 as they enjoyed a bye week this weekend. Leading the way has been Blankenship, a stout, 202-pound junior. He has topped 100 yards in six of the seven games, with an incredible 43-carry, 269-yard effort in the win over Massachusetts. Heading into the weekend, his 951 yards were the second-highest total among FBS players.

Those are our rankings after Week 8. Who is your pick as the Heisman favorite right now? Vote now in our poll below.

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