Heisman Watch 2012: Our Ballot After Week 9

Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

We submit our Heisman ballot after the action of Week 9

1) Collin Klein: QB, Kansas State (Last Week No. 1)

The front-runner continued his time atop our rankings, and with his terrific performance helping to keep K-State undefeated, his Wildcats also should make a charge at No. 2 in the BCS standings. He threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 88 yards and two more scores in Kansas State's 55-24 win over No. 14 Texas Tech.

2) Manti Te'o: LB, Notre Dame (Last Week No. 5)

It's fun to dismiss Notre Dame, but while their offense still has some questions, their defense behind Te'o is incredible. The Irish defense held Oklahoma to just 15 yards on the ground, and Te'o totaled 11 tackles, two for loss, and a sack. His incredible diving interception—his fifth of the year—late in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Golden Domers. It takes an incredible defender to make a charge at the Heisman, and Te'o's play and Notre Dame's profile are just enough to make it happen.

3) A.J. McCarron: QB, Alabama (Last Week No. 4)

The streak continues. McCarron's precision passing was a big reason that the Tide continue their dominant run. He threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama's 38-7 win over No. 11 and previously unbeaten Mississippi State. McCarron now has 18 touchdown passes on the year without an interception.

4) Johnny Manziel: QB, Texas A&M (Last Week Unranked)

Johnny Football is at it again. Shaking off his dreadful three-interception performance in last week's loss to LSU, the freshman phenom stormed back with a huge game in leading No. 20 Texas A&M to a 63-21 win over Auburn. Manziel threw 260 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 90 yards and another three scores.

5) Braxton Miller: QB, Ohio State (Last Week No. 2)

Miller won't be going bowling, but he came up huge for the now 9-0 Buckeyes. His three total touchdowns—two on the ground along with 134 yards—helped lead Ohio State to a 35-23 win over Penn State in the Ineligi-Bowl.

Darkhorse Spotlight: Jarvis Jones - OLB, Georgia

The ultra-talented Bulldog had a monster game in Georgia's upset of No. 2 Florida. Jones made 13 tackles (12 solo), 4.5 for loss, three sacks, and forced and recovered two fumbles. On the year, Jones now has 49 tackles (14.5 for loss) 8.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles.

Those are our rankings after Week 9. Who is your pick as the Heisman favorite right now? Vote now in our poll below.

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