Geno Smith May Win Heisman, but West Virginia Can't Win BCS Title

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterOctober 1, 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 put on a heck of a show Saturday against the Baylor Bears. While that might nab Geno a Heisman—as it seemed to crown him Saturday if you were following most folks' conversation—it won't get him the crystal football. That trophy is won by elite football teams—not high-flying, one-dimensional acts.

No doubt about it, Geno Smith's performance was impressive. Dez Bryant joked that he has the Heisman sewn up.

Think we already have our Heisman winner for this year.... "Geno Smith" lol

— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 30, 2012


Sports Illustrated deemed Smith's Saturday a move that separated him from the other Heisman hopefuls. 

Geno Smith separates from fellow Heisman hopefuls

— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) October 1, 2012


And, of course, West Virginia fans were pretty pumped.

#GenoSmith was 45 of 51 against No. 25 Baylor. Andrew Luck was 46 of 50 at his Pro Day... against no defenders. #WVU#Heisman

— Go Mountaineers! (@Mountaineers22) October 1, 2012


Folks are enamored with the West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback, and all the numbers he was able to put up against the Bears. Smith was able to hit Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and a host of other pass catchers to the tune of 656 yards and eight touchdowns.

Unfortunately for West Virginia, they don't have any Austins, Baileys or Smiths on the defensive side of the ball. While the 'Eers offense was busy abusing the Baylor defense, their defensive counterparts in blue and gold were getting their doors blown off by Nick Florence and Co.

This was not so much a football game as it was a track meet, and both participants put up huge numbers against defenses that need a lot of work. Quite honestly, watching the tape won't help these teams. They were so far from covering wide receivers, and the tackling so atrocious, the squads would be better served disavowing any knowledge of the game's existence.

Don't let the offensive showing fool you; this is not a national championship-caliber team. This is a team with a national championship-caliber passing game, However, those two things are not interchangeable. You have to play defense to win a championship, and West Virginia's defensive unit has not RVSP'd to the party.

If West Virginia wants to insert itself into the national title picture, they have to do more than score points. This is a team that's going to have to find a defense, get some stops and not rely solely on the "we'll just outscore everyone" theory of football.

There are complete teams around the country, and a team that can slow down (not shut down, just slow down), West Virginia will always have an edge because of the Mountaineers' defensive struggles. So while Geno Smith torching a terrible Baylor defense might have him sitting in the Heisman catbird seat, giving up 63 to Baylor is going to land his team somewhere other than Miami come January 2013.