Manti Te'o, Irish keep climbing

October, 17, 2012
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Manti Te'o and his Notre Dame team find themselves in similar positions this week, as each is No. 4 in ESPN.com's Heisman Watch and power rankings, respectively.

Te'o jumped two spots while the Irish moved up from No. 7. They are No. 5 in the initial BCS rankings.

Geno Smith remains the Heisman frontrunner, with Braxton Miller and Collin Klein right behind him.

The Irish could face Klein if Mark Schlabach's and Brad Edwards' bowl projections prove correct, as both again have Notre Dame slated for the Fiesta Bowl, this time against Kansas State.

As always, here are Heisman and power rankings. (For the record, I don't have a vote in either official poll.)

Heisman
  • 1) Geno Smith, West Virginia
  • 2) Braxton Miller, Ohio State
  • 3) Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
  • 4) Collin Klein, Kansas State
  • 5) Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Power rankings
  • 1) Alabama
  • 2) Oregon
  • 3) Florida
  • 4) Kansas State
  • 5) Notre Dame
  • 6) Oregon State
  • 7) Ohio State
  • 8 ) LSU
  • 9) South Carolina
  • 10) Oklahoma
  • 11) USC
  • 12) FSU
  • 13) WVU
  • 14) Clemson
  • 15) Georgia
  • 16) Rutgers
  • 17) Louisville
  • 18) Mississippi State
  • 19) Cincinnati
  • 20) Texas Tech
  • 21) Stanford
  • 22) Texas A&M
  • 23) Arizona State
  • 24) Michigan
  • 25) Ohio

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