Geno Smith: West Virginia QB Is Heisman Favorite After Dominant Performance

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Geno Smith was in serious contention for the Heisman Trophy heading into his Week 5 matchup against the Baylor Bears. After Saturday's performance, he is now the favorite.

The matchup between West Virginia and Baylor was promoted as one of the best offensive battles of the year. Each team is ranked in the Coaches Poll and is in the top 10 in the nation in points-per-game.

Fans were not left disappointed as the score was 35-35 at halftime and the scoring just continued. Every time the defense for the Mountaineers gave up points, the team was able to look to the quarterback for answer; Geno Smith did more than deliver as he led his team to a 70-63 victory.

The senior quarterback put up video game numbers against the Big 12 opponent. He ended the game with 656 passing yards and eight touchdowns on 45-of-51 passing. Any time a quarterback throws more touchdowns than incomplete passes, you know he had a good day. 

His touchdown total knocked Marc Bulger out of the record books in yet another category. The former Mountaineer threw six in a game, but that mark was obliterated in this game. Smith already passed Bulger earlier this year as the school's all-time leading passer.

Smith mainly targeted three receivers—Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin combined for over 500 yards receiving, while J.D. Woods was not far behind with over 100. However, all three of these men had an easy day as their quarterback put it exactly where they wanted it.

To win a Heisman, you have to be dominant in stat book as well as in the rankings. He is covered in the win column, as his West Virginia team remains in the Top 10 in every poll. Even with a loss or two, it is unlikely Smith will be the one to blame.

Statistically, there might not be anyone who can catch him. Even before the Baylor game, Smith threw 12 touchdown passes without an interception while completing 81.4 percent of his passes. He has thrown for over 300 yards in each game and is often dangerous with his legs as well.

The quarterback is playing almost perfect football through a quarter of the year.

Every Heisman winner has a marquee game that voters remember. Last year, Robert Griffin III accounted for 551 of his team's 616 yards in an upset win over Oklahoma. In 2005, Reggie Bush memorably had 513 all-purpose yards in a game full of highlight reel plays.

Although it is still early in the season, Geno Smith might have already had his career game that will be referenced throughout the year.

After this type of performance, how can you possibly argue?