Heisman Watch 2012: Previewing the Top Contenders Matchups

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Heisman Watch 2012: Previewing the Top Contenders Matchups
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Among the numerous aftershocks of West Virginia’s unscripted loss to Texas Tech in Week 7 is the fact that the race for the 2012 Heisman is, once again, wide open.

Really, you have to wonder if it was ridiculous to ever argue that Mountaineer QB Geno Smith had the bronze statuette sewed up after only five offensively glittery wins in what is still a 12-game regular season.

Despite of all this, most Heisman prognosticators still have Smith’s name solidly atop the top contenders list, but we all know that the guy who wins the prize will play for a team that has no more than three losses (the new bar set last season by RGIII).

With a full seven weeks of games remaining to be played (keep in mind that most of these are now league games), the trophy is truly anyone’s to claim making the race indeed, wide open.

The following slideshow previews key matchups for what are, as of this still early date, my top 10 contenders for the 2012 Heisman Trophy.

Not only do we preview Week 8’s matchup for each of these hopefuls, but we also look ahead to the biggest hurdles remaining for each to take home the most coveted individual prize in American team sports.

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