We heard all weekend about Geno Smith, as ESPN’s Andre Warde proclaimed him as ”RGIII like’ and what is there not to love right now after throwing 8 TD and 687 combined yards!
The ‘Black Mamba’ drops after having consecutive weeks without a TD and yet the Ducks offense looks legit as ever.
9. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
Stedman Bailey put up video game numbers thanks to an offense that put up season numbers in one game essentially.
Bailey and Tavon Austin are devastating out wide, and yet people are not talking about this offense enough. The defense is far from Oklahoma State from a season ago since they at least slowed teams down. The Mountaineers defense stinks right now, but their offense is simply absurd and Bailey is one of the main reasons why.
8. Kenjon Barner, Oregon
Barner went bonkers for the Ducks in their road victory against the Cougars, but Oregon’s offense is so versatile that it may end up costing this program (for a Heisman).
Still, this program is all about winning and they may just end up winning the BCS title.
7. Aaron Murray, Georgia
Georgia has a heavyweight battle with South Carolina next week and that may decide their fates in the East. Aaron Murray has a bevy of weapons to look for, but it has been a legit running game that has enabled UGA to remain flawless. Watch out for Marcus Lattimore though!
6. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
Lattimore has not received a ton of hype despite the Gamecocks remaining unbeaten and this running back still is arguably the best on the planet. While many are freaking out over little things the Heisman rankings, this is a sport that is so fluid. Stats from players and teams drop every minute, although there is not much of a difference between the first few players on this list.
5. Tajh Boyd, Clemson
No Sammy Watkins no problem with DeAndre Hopkins still around. Boyd is the closest thing to Geno Smith, and the two teams will be comparable at the end of the day in my eyes. Right now Clemson just needs to continue to run up points on the board for Boyd to have any shot at getting invited since they are done with premier games.
4. E.J. Manuel, Florida State
The dark horse to win the Heisman should be considered E.J. Manuel of the Seminoles thanks to the team he has around him. This team is so talented and the schedule they have should allow them to quietly build momentum. NC State will be a tough test on the road, but Manuel may be due for another virtuoso ACC performance.
3. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Braxton Miller carried the Buckeyes on his back against the Spartans legit defense. Miller is simply the best duel-threat in the country (save Klein). While Ohio State is not eligible for a Big Ten or BCS title, Miller can easily get an invite to NYC if Ohio State cracks the top 10.
2. Collin Klein, Kansas State
Klein was on a bye week and it should be noted that there are a few vital games coming up for the Wildcats. Going on the road to Morgantown will be a hell of a game for the Heisman leaders.
If Kansas State continues to win, Klein will remain in the top three.
1. Geno Smith, West Virginia
One can see the picture and Geno Smith is flat out disgusting these days. Are you kidding me!?
The numbers he is posting are surreal with 20 TD and 0 INT, the question should really become if Smith will ever get unseated at the top spot?
A trip to Austin against the Longhorns will be tough, but he can post legit numbers regardless if he wins or loses. A loss may not unseat him if he posts legit numbers but Collin Klein isn’t far behind and neither are Miller or Manuel. While the lead is solid at the moment, West Virginia could lose two or three games this season.
Then again, RGIII and his Bears lost three games and he took home the hardware.