Heisman Watch, USC vs. Notre Dame: Marqise Lee, Manti Te'o square off

Stephen Dunn

Four Heisman hopefuls will be in action on Saturday including two in the USC Trojans-Notre Dame Fighting Irish game.

Saturday will feature four of the top Heisman Trophy candidates in action, highlighted by a battle between USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee and Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te'o.

Lee has put together a season for the ages as the sophomore wide receiver has mercilessly attacked the Pac-12 and USC record books. He currently has 107 receptions for 1,605 yards with 14 touchdowns. His receptions and yards both lead the nation.

Te'o is terror on defense and is two tackles away from his third straight 100+ tackle season. He also has 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and six interceptions for the undefeated and top-ranked Fighting Irish.

The other candidates are Kansas St. Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Ohio St. Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller.

Klein is a dual-threat with 2,306 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and only six interceptions while rushing 171 times for 787 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Wildcats have a bye this week.

Manziel burst onto the scene after his Aggies knocked off the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Just a redshirt freshman, Manziel has 3,047 yards passing, 21 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, while rushing 172 times for 1,114 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Aggies play the Missouri Tigers on Saturday.

Though Miller's team isn't eligible for the postseason, it doesn't mean the Buckeyes quarterback doesn't deserve recognition for leading his undefeated team. Miller has rushed for 1,214 yards and 13 touchdowns on 207 carries while passing for 1,850 yards and 14 touchdowns to just six interceptions. Ohio State plays the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.

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