2012 College Football Rankings: Week 5 Heisman Update

Hunting the Heisman: Week 5

10/1/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

Two words: Geno Smith.

Let me expand on that for you: West Virginia's senior quarterback had one of the most memorable performances in Big 12 — and NCAA — history, shattering records and leading his offense to 70 points.

In other words, Smith is by far the leader in this year's Heisman race. That's without doubt. However, there are a few new names now being considered for contention as some have dropped off.

1. Geno Smith, QB, West VirginiaSeptember 29, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass in the first quarter in the game against the Baylor Bears at Milan Puskar Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Passing: 
141-of-169 (83.4 percent), 1,728 yards, 20 TDs, 0 INTs

Rushing: 21 carries, 98 yards (4.7 ypc), TD

Why: The statistics speak for themselves. Smith broke records in his 656-yard, eight-touchdown onslaught over Baylor on Saturday. He is hands down the Heisman favorite at this point, and it is now his to lose.

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

Passing: 
88-of-120 (73.3 percent), 1,147 yards, 9 TDs, INT

Rushing: 35 carries, 197 yards (5.6 ypc), TD

Why: Manuel had another stellar performance last week, this time against South Florida. He completed 73 percent of his passes for 242 yards and a touchdown, all while hitting nine different receivers. Still, he's got a long ways to go to catch up with Geno Smith.

3. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Passing: 
88-of-129 (68.2 percent), 1,370 yards, 12 TDs, 3 INTs

Rushing: 21 carries, -8 yards (-.4 ypc), 3 TDs

Why: The Bulldogs remain undefeated much in thanks to Murray's ability to throw the ball down field and find soft spots in zone coverage. Tennessee's offense proved to be a difficult task for the Georgia defense, but the balanced combination of Murray and the running game gave it a slight advantage.

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: In order for Klein to hold his own against stiff competition in this race, he'll have to put up big numbers against Kansas this weekend. And that shouldn't be too hard considering the Jayhawks are allowing over 250 yards passing per game.

5. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

Receiving: 
41 rec, 635 yards (16.5 ypr), 10 TDs

Why: Welcome to the show, Stedman Bailey. After his 303-yard, five-touchdown outing vs. the Bears, Bailey has launched his self right into the Heisman race and is a legitimate contender. It's not going to happen, but the junior receiver is set to finish with 123 receptions, 1,905 yards and 30 TDs — not including a conference title game or bowl.

Others to watch (in order)

6. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

7. Nick Florence, QB, Baylor

8. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

9. Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

10. David Ash, QB, Texas


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10/2/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
So you're saying a different QB -- Klein for instance -- could have put up 656 yards, 8 TDs (no INTs) and 70 points in order to beat an opponent's 63?

Correct, it is October. Everything is still up in the air. Thanks for the read.

10/2/12   |   qallington   |   15 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
So you're saying a different QB -- Klein for instance -- could have put up 656 yards, 8 TDs (no INTs) and 70 points in order to beat an opponent's 63?

Probably not Klein. You got me there. But neither could Manuel or Murray. Smith may be the best right now, but I think Klein should be in second place. Oh, and when I posted my first comment, I forgot Smith won the Orange Bowl last year by scoring 70 on Clemson, so I do kind of agree with your pick now. But, still, Klein should be in second. But, also, it's only the start of October, so anything could still happen.

10/2/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

qallington wrote:
I personally think that Collin Klein should be at least #1 or #2 on the Heisman watch list. Klein may not have the extremely high stats like Geno Smith, but the Heisman Trophy is awarded to "The outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence and integrity." Klein is the most outstanding player in college football, because his team is nowhere near his capabilities. He is able to carry his team to victory week-by-week. Smith has other top-notch players to help West Virginia put up unimaginably high numbers in such a small amount of time. Klein has only John Hubert to truly work with, and Klein has about half of his rushing yards. The Heisman is given to the player who acts as a leader and helps his team to victory, or go for the win each and every week. Collin Klein deserves the Heisman because of his play on the field, and not because of high stats. 
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So you're saying a different QB -- Klein for instance -- could have put up 656 yards, 8 TDs (no INTs) and 70 points in order to beat an opponent's 63?

10/1/12   |   qallington   |   15 respect

I personally think that Collin Klein should be at least #1 or #2 on the Heisman watch list. Klein may not have the extremely high stats like Geno Smith, but the Heisman Trophy is awarded to "The outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence and integrity." Klein is the most outstanding player in college football, because his team is nowhere near his capabilities. He is able to carry his team to victory week-by-week. Smith has other top-notch players to help West Virginia put up unimaginably high numbers in such a small amount of time. Klein has only John Hubert to truly work with, and Klein has about half of his rushing yards. The Heisman is given to the player who acts as a leader and helps his team to victory, or go for the win each and every week. Collin Klein deserves the Heisman because of his play on the field, and not because of high stats.