Heismancast: Heisman week has finally arrived

Will it be Johnny Manziel, Manti Te'o, or Collin Klein hoisting the Heisman Trophy on Saturday? (US Presswire)

Chris Huston (@HeismanPundit) joins me for a most timely edition of the Heismancast. This is arguably one of the biggest weeks of Chris' year, and he was gracious enough to give us a look behind the scenes of Heisman Week with the Heisman Pundit.

After getting an idea of what is on tap this week, Chris and I tackle the news of the day: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein were named Heisman Trophy finalists on Monday. Chris and I discuss not only how the different voting regions might have ranked the finalists, but what players likely fell outside of the top three.

With all the ballots in -- and Chris' straw poll predicting Manziel as the Heisman Trophy winner -- we review the full season and try to put the race in perspective. Each season has presented different twists in the Heisman story, and 2012 presented the most unique confluence of events to bring us to this point. Manziel's stats speak for themselves, but is he a Heisman front-runner as a freshman without the win at Alabama? We look back at the different players to share the term "frontrunner" this season.

In a hurry? Check the contents below for specific topics.

0:00 -- Congratulating Chris on his correct finalist prediction
1:15 -- What is Heisman Week like for the Heisman Pundit? Chris takes us behind the scenes
6:25 -- Best guess on how each finalist did in the different Heisman regions
9:45 -- We know the three finalists, so who were the next players in line after the voting?
14:50 -- Defining the 2012 Heisman race: a battle of attrition
19:30 -- "You can only have so many guys who don't have great name recognition competing in the same race."
22:00 -- Three things that Chris is curious to see in his trip to New York for the ceremony

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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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