The rationale for Collin Klein winning this thing was that he was the best player on the nation’s best team. An embarrassing loss to Baylor took away any legitimate reason to vote for him.
4. Kenjon Barner
Stats: 21 TDs. 1624 yards. 6.5 yards per carry.
He was never a serious contender, but it’s nice that Kenjon Barner finally got some attention. He was obviously a product of Chip Kelly’s amazing system, but Chip Kelly’s amazing system would not have run as smoothly as it did this year sans Barner's greatness.
3. Marqise Lee
Stats: 14 TDs. 1680 yards. 112 receptions.
Out of all of the candidates being considered for this honor, nobody has done more with less than Marqise Lee. His talent is beyond reproach at this point. If the Trojans had managed to turn their season around after the Stanford loss (once Matt Barkley's candidacy was dead), there would be a much louder campaign out there for this kid.
2. Manti Te’o
LB, Notre Dame
Stats: 7 INTs
Two things are working in his favor right now: a ridiculous reluctance to give this award to a freshman and Notre Dame's fantastic run to the championship game. Will it be enough? We’ll find out soon enough.
Johnny Football was the favorite coming into this weekend. Then -- despite an injury -- he put up three touchdowns and 372 yards through the air plus two touchdowns and 67 yards on the ground in a 30 point win over Missouri. That should seal the deal.