The Heisman race is off and running with a bevy of candidates turning in weekly performances that either make their stock rise or fall.
Heading into the season, Matt Barkley all but had the trophy sewn up. However a loss at Stanford that was riddled with interceptions and bereft of any touchdown passes lowered his stock. In fact, he might not even be the best candidate on his own team. Taking a look at various lists after week four, Barkley doesn’t even appear on many of them. Marqise Lee does, however.
On the other side of the country, West Virginia’s Geno Smith continues to turn in impressive stats in a conference that doesn’t get much love.
In the Midwest, a Buckeye makes a compelling case for his inclusion in the Heisman discussion.
The ACC and SEC have a pair each who currently grab most of the stiff-armed discussion.
Let’s take a look at the conferences likely to produce the 2012 Heisman Winner from least likely to most likely.