West Virginia's very bad day at Texas Tech didn't completely derail Geno Smith's campaign for the Heisman Trophy. But it did put a huge dent in his lead in the USA TODAY Sports Media Group survey and opened the door for several other contenders, including one that Smith and the Mountaineers will meet head-to-head Saturday.
All of which is to say the second half of the season figures to be a wild ride. You expected anything less in college football?
1Geno Smith, West Virginia
2,271 passing yards, 25 TDs
610672Braxton Miller, Ohio State
1,271 passing yards, 11 TDs;
912 rushing yards, 9 TDs
663Collin Klein, Kansas State
1,074 passing yards, 7 TDs
510 rushing yards, 10 TDs
810444Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
59 tackles, 3 interceptions
195Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
1,680 passing yards, 14 TDs;
676 rushing yards, 10 TDs
De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
377 rushing yards, 6 TDs
57Quinton Patton, La. Tech
765 receiving yards, 9 TDs
Smith's overall numbers still measure up well. He is averaging 378.5 passing yards a game, good for second in the nation, with 25 TD throws and no picks. But he missed on 26 of 55 pass attempts and had only one scoring toss in the 49-14 loss to the Red Raiders. He went from a unanimous first-place choice among the 35 media members in our survey with official Heisman votes to a slim one-point lead.
Smith received 15 first-place nods with six seconds and 10 thirds for a total of 67 points this week, and four voters dropped him out of the top three altogether.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is a close second with 66 points, including 11 firsts, after he amassed 360 yards of total offense and accounted for three touchdowns in the Buckeyes' wild win at Indiana to stay unbeaten.
Another dual-threat QB, Kansas State's Collin Klein, is third with 44 points with six firsts. The Wildcats take on West Virginia IN Morgantown Saturday night.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o remains fourth in the survey with 19 points, still tops among defensive players.
Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas received five points and has a chance to show what he can do in the Thursday night spotlight as the Ducks play at Arizona State.
A couple of participants in another weekend track meet, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton, also earned points.
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