Heismancast: Who is going to New York City, why Johnny Manziel will win

The CBSSports.com Heisman Pundit sees Johnny Football accepting the stiff-arm trophy Dec. 8 in New York City. (US Presswire)

With the Heisman Trophy race winding down, our CBSSports.com Heisman Expert Chris Huston (@HeismanPundit) says the race is all but wrapped up. It appears as though Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will become the first freshman to win the award, breaking yet another barrier in the Heisman's 78-year history.

Since former frontrunner Collin Klein saw his candidacy take a hit in Kansas State's loss to Baylor, the race opened up to a pair of Heisman Trophy rarities. Chris details the reasons why it will be Johnny Football (the redshirt freshman), not Notre Dame's Manti Te'o (the defensive star) who will make history Dec. 8 in New York City.

Chris and I also touch on one of the most fascinating aspects of college football: the fan voice. The explosion of social media and the popularity of fan-driven blogs have given a new outlet for voters and decision-makers to find information and commentary. While conspiracy theorists (rightfully) worry that the sport is being driven by a few dozen men in suits behind closed doors, college football allows for more fan-driven decisions than any of the other major sports. We dive further into this issue, even previewing the effects on the future postseason -- with semifinals picked by a selection committee.

0:00 -- Heismancast Intro
1:00 -- Reactions to Johnny Manziel's first interaction with the media
2:30 -- Any chance Johnny Football does not win the Heisman trophy?
4:15 -- Manti Te'o's likely finish in the Heisman balloting
5:00 -- The changing landscape and the next barriers (after freshman winner) to come down
7:00 -- Jadeveon Clowney's potential as the "defensive frontrunner" for 2013
9:00 -- Most slept-on performances of 2012, led by West Virginia WR Tavon Austin
11:15 -- A preview of Chris' Heisman ballot
12:20 -- Best Heisman "marketing" by a school
14:40 -- College football: the only sport where fan's actually have a voice -- albeit a small one -- in how college football is run.
19:40 -- Stanford's, and the Pac-12's, outlook for the future under David Shaw
22:00 -- Players we are expecting to see in New York City as finalists
24:15 -- Our tribute to Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, potentially capable of a 2,000-yard passing/2,000-yard rushing season in 2012.

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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