HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll: Klein hangs onto strong lead

Kenjon Barner made a strong move in this week's poll (US Presswire)

On a day when you're likely to see a lot of poll results, this one might be the least controversial.

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein sits atop the Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll for the third consecutive week and remains the strong favorite to win the 78th Heisman Trophy.

Klein received nine out of 11 first-place votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters. His 28 total points was down slightly from his 31-point total the last couple of weeks but still well ahead of running back Kenjon Barner of Oregon (13 points, one first-place vote), who jumped from seventh place into second after rushing for 321 yards and five touchdowns against USC.

Klein continue to impress voters. He passed for 245 yards and rushed for 64 against Oklahoma State before leaving with an undisclosed injury.

"Klein is still in the driver's seat, assuming he isn't hurt," said one voter.

Barner and USC wide receiver Marqise Lee (10 points, one first-place vote) are starting to make strong impressions with the voters, however.

"Lee is the best player in America," said one voter.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron placed fourth in the poll with six points, while Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o tied for fifth with four points each.

Now in its seventh season, the former HeismanPundit.com Heisman Straw Poll has been reborn as the HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country during the last five seasons, with the final 2011 poll correctly picking the top seven finishers. It is made up of 11 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for three players each week. Tabulations are made on a 3-2-1 basis (just like a real Heisman ballot) with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

Each week's poll will be released on Tuesday throughout the season at CBSSports.com and at HeismanPundit.com. Check out previous polls for this season here.

The HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll, 11-6-2012
Player, total points (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State -- 28 (9)

2. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon -- 13 (1)

3. Marqise Lee, WR, USC -- 10 (1)

4. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama -- 6

5. (tie) Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State -- 4

Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame -- 4

7. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M -- 1

About the Voting Panel

The 11 members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando SentinelTom Dienhart of The Big Ten NetworkMichael Lev of the Orange County RegisterBruce Feldman and Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.comBryan Fischer of the Pac-12 NetworkDick Weiss of the New York Daily NewsLenn Robbins of the New York PostJenni Carlson of The Daily Oklahoman and Dave Hackenberg of the Toledo BladeChris Huston, CBSSports.com Heisman analyst and publisher of HeismanPundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.

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