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Matt Barkley is now playing from behind in the Heisman Trophy race, and a new crop of leaders has emerged.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has been fantastic this season. The Mountaineers have faced comically easy opponents, but Smith has been flawless in these games. He has completed 88 percent of his passes for 734 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
The schedule gets slightly tougher for Smith this week against Maryland, but this will likely be another blowout. If he can keep performing at a similar level against Baylor and Texas, then he will take control of the Heisman race.
Other players who may have their names called in New York in a couple months are Pac-12 running backs De'Anthony Thomas and Johnathan Franklin.
Thomas is Oregon's spark plug and the most explosive playmaker in the country. He is averaging 17.5 yards per carry and has four rushing touchdowns thus far, along with 11 catches for 154 yards and three more scores.
But Oregon has also had a soft schedule through three games. The Ducks' Pac-12 showdown with Arizona provides a stage for Thomas to put his name atop the list of Heisman hopefuls.
Franklin has provided senior leadership for UCLA. The running back gained over 200 yards in each of his first two games this season, including an incredible performance to lead the Bruins' upset over Nebraska.
He has 541 rushing yards through just three games, and another fine performance in the Bruins' first conference game against Oregon State will keep his name in contention for college football's most prestigious award.