Heisman Watch 2012: Braxton Miller or Geno Smith, Who Has the Upper Hand?

Barry LeonardAnalyst IIISeptember 15, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 15:  Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes takes off down the sidelines for a 55-yard touchdown in the first quarter against California at Ohio Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Week 3 in the college football season gave us stellar performances from two guys who seem to have already pulled away in the Heisman race.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith have been putting up video game-like numbers so far this season.

The big question is: Who is having the better season so far?

Braxton Miller impressed again in Week 3 against California, leading the Buckeyes to a 35-28 victory. He torched the Golden Bears defense for 249 yards passing and four touchdowns, adding 75 yards on the ground for an additional touchdown.

For the season, Miller has thrown for 611 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions with 377 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. These stats make Miller one of the early favorites for the Heisman Trophy.

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith also had a solid Week 3 performance; however, his numbers came against FCS member James Madison.

The Mountaineers defeated the Dukes 42-12. Smith finished the game with 411 yards passing and an amazing five touchdowns, adding 18 yards on the ground on two carries.

For the year, Smith has thrown for 734 yards and nine touchdowns with 83 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Smith's numbers are even more amazing when you realize that he has only played in two games.

As insane as Smith's numbers look, they came against Marshall and James Madison. That has to be taken into consideration when talking about Heisman votes.

Both players are clearly the best on their respective teams, but most would argue that West Virginia has more playmakers than Ohio State.

The Ohio State defense almost blew a 20-7 lead against Cal in Week 3. Miller carried the offense and led the Bucks to victory.

While both quarterbacks are off to phenomenal starts, Miller has to have the edge in Heisman voting.