2012 College Football Rankings: Week 4 Heisman Update

Hunting the Heisman: Week 4

9/24/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The Heisman race is heating up as several big name players had huge performances — and big wins — last weekend.

Some have dropped off completely and likely have no chance of coming back, such as Matt Barkley and Denard Robinson.

Week 5 is full-go when it comes to conference play, and now we'll get a better look from here on out with how the contention will carry through.

September 22, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) throws the ball during warm-ups against the Maryland Terrapins at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
1. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Passing: 96-of-118 (81.4 percent), 1,072 yards, 12 TDs, 0 INTs

Rushing: 16 carries, 67 yards (4.2 ypc), TD

Why: The game against Maryland was closer than he'd have liked, but Smith still put on one heck of a show by tossing up 338 yards and three TDs through the air. He's on pace for an outstanding statistical season, which is a requirement with Heisman voters.

2. E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State

69-of-94 (73.4 percent), 905 yards, 8 TDs, 1 INT

Rushing: 25 carries, 188 yards (7.5 ypc), TD

Why: Exploding into the Heisman scene is E.J. Manuel after is overwhelming performance over Clemson on a national stage, which was undoubtedly the best of his collegiate career. Now he just needs to keep playing at a high level against the rest of the ACC and he'll have a spot in New York.

3. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

69-of-104 (66.3 percent), 1,092 yards, 10 TDs, 2 INTs

Rushing: 19 carries, 1 yard (.1 ypc), 3 TDs

Why: Murray is pretty far behind Smith and Manuel at this point, but will have a much more impressive resume if he and the Bulldogs can continue to run through the SEC East. He's done a good job with improving his decision-making skills, but needs to keep getting better. Still, he looks the part as a Heisman contender right now.

4. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State

Passing: 56-of-80 (70.0 percent), 758 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs

Rushing: 63 carries, 289 yards (4.6 ypc), 5 TDs

Why: Obviously his numbers need to drastically improve for him to be considered for the Heisman, but Klein is a workhorse at the quarterback position and is a big reason why the Wildcats were able to knock off No. 6 Oklahoma last Saturday. He has his marquee win and his team is on its way to a BCS appearance, now he just needs to take care of business against teams like Kansas and Iowa State.

5. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

60-of-98 (61.2 percent), 754 yards, 7 TDs, 2 INTs

Rushing: 67 carries, 441 yards (6.6 ypc), 7 TDs

Why: Ohio State looked sluggish on both sides of the ball in a 29-15 win over UAB, but Braxton Miller proved once again that the team would be nothing without him. The sophomore dual-threat combined for 207 yards, two touchdowns and a 2-pt conversion against the Blazers, with no help at all from his receiving corps.

Others to watch (in order)

6. De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

7. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

8. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

9. David Ash, QB, Texas

10. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

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9/25/12   |   jaredmarshall23   |   46 respect

Geno and EJ are the front runners at this point. also I dont think ohio st qbshould even be in discussion whith them on probation. I also don't think they should be allowed to be ranked just my opinion.  Also keep aneye onmarcus lattimore if south carolina goes into this tough stretch after this week.  He will start churing out the yards bc hes going to get a lot of carries.  Toughest schedule in football inmonth of october.  first up georgia, then go to LSU and to Florida then back hme against Tenn. november  isnt exactly a cake walk either. play arkansas whitch I know have fallen but on any day they can play with anyone.  Then woford whitch shouldnt be a problem but normally is just bc triple option and teams are not use to playing against that offense in todays game. Then on the road at clemson but no worries 4 in a row for The USC  gamecocks this year.