How Geno Smith Will Guarantee the Big 12 Its 2nd Consecutive Heisman Trophy
Heisman voters, meet your new clear front-runner.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith has just separated himself from the pack in a masterful performance against Baylor. His stat line on Saturday was just astounding.
Smith finished the day going 45-of-51 for 656 yards and eight touchdowns.
Most quarterbacks would be happy with half of those stats, which would translate to 328 yards and four touchdowns. In fact, that kind of performance would surely make a highlight reel.
And that's with half of what Smith did on Saturday.
Now, Baylor isn't a defensive power. Far from it in fact.
However, the reason why Geno Smith was able to put on a display like this was because the Baylor offense kept up with the Mountaineers all game long. West Virginia won this game by just a touchdown as the final score was 70-63.
If the Bears hadn't been able to run with West Virginia, I'm sure that Geno Smith would have been benched once the game got out of reach. However, as Baylor stuck around all game long, Smith stayed on the field and kept scoring touchdowns.
No Heisman voter can ignore this performance.
Now, Florida State's E.J. Manuel and Kansas State's Collin Klein still remain near the top, but I just don't see either of them putting together a better game than Smith did today. Their only hope is that Smith finds a way to fall off of a cliff sometime before the end of the season.
That's not likely to happen.
Smith is remarkably efficient with the football, as he has now scored 20 touchdowns this season without getting picked off. He's completing 83 percent of his passes.
Simply put, Smith doesn't make mistakes.
Oh, and don''t forget what kind of targets Smith has at his disposal. Stedman Bailey had 13 receptions for 303 yards and five of Smith's eight touchdowns, while Tavon Austin added 14 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
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An elite quarterback like Smith, plus two elite wide receivers like Bailey and Austin, is going to lead to lots and lots of passing yards and touchdowns.
Now, West Virginia doesn't need to win the Big 12 for Smith to win the Heisman. After all, Robert Griffin III didn't when he won it last season. All Smith needs is a "Heisman moment" and killer stats for the rest of the season.
And believe me, this performance against Baylor qualifies as a Heisman moment.
If anybody else can make a statement like Smith just did, I'd love to see it. However, as of this moment the Heisman belongs to Smith until someone takes it away from him.
I just don't see that happening.
So, while the SEC looks to extend its national championship streak this season, the Big 12 looks to start a new streak of Heisman winners. Unless something earth-shattering happens between now and the end of the season, Geno Smith will make it two Heisman winners in a row.
And that's something to brag about.
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