10. De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
‘DAT ‘is still the most electfrying player on the planet and this Chip Kelly mine as well score 50 points a game. If they can continue to dazzle us, he will be in the hunt all season long despite Marcus Mariotta and Kenjon Barner potentially stealing some votes.
9. Matt Barkley, USC
The Trojan signal-caller was the heavy favorite, but disappointed us against Stanford. All is not completely lost and he will have his chance to shine when they play the Ducks twice.
8. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
The best defensive player in the country deserved a spot on this list eventually and his Irish are in the running for something more than just an at-large bid in the BCS. Oklahoma and USC will bring major challenges down the road, but this superstar will only get more of his dues if they keep winning.
7. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
The leading receiver in TD (13) and yards (710) has to make the list, but alongside Tavon Austin there really is not a better offense to watch in America (Clemson is right there).
6. Mike Gillislee, Florida
Toting the rock 34 times for 146 yards and 2 TD against the Bayou Bengals defense is amazing, but running behind the Gators offensive line is a lot of fun these days. Gillislee is a budding star right now and controlling their own destiny may allow the dark horse on this list to remain in the top five.
5. Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Boyd has been slinging it all over the field with his All-American weapons and they may not lose another game before heading into South Carolina in the regular season finale. Bank on a 35-40 TD type of season (Geno has 50+ written all over him).
4. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
Lattimore is a lock for the Heisman invite if South Carolina continues to compete for the SEC East title. He is back and better than ever and owning Georgia for three straight seasons is quite the achievement (over 500 yards, 5 TD).
3. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Ohio State is not eligible for the Big Ten or BCS title which is a bummer with the type of season they are having. However, the Big Ten is down and Braxton Miller is taking full advantage. Bank on a Heisman invite to NYC and don’t be shocked if he moves up to number two if they continue to run the table.
2. Collin Klein, Kansas State
Klein is one of the more underappreciated players in the game with his ability to always find running room. His ability to scrap and claw for additional yards is what separates him from the rest and his team has a chance to compete for both the Big 12 and BCS title.
1. Geno Smith, West Virginia
Over 2,000 yards of total offense with no INT and 20 TD is completely bonkers, even for Big 12 standards. He is the runaway Heisman frontrunner and a tilt with Collin Klein coming up in two weeks could decide quite a bit. Avoiding a clunker and putting together another virtuoso performance would almost cement a top three finish with his already illegal stats. A BCS bowl appearance could be the key since this offense is unstoppable right now (do not forget RGIII did not go to BCS and Geno has better numbers so far).