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Braxton Miller takes on Michigan in Columbus this weekend.
Braxton Miller vs. Michigan
The Buckeyes' star QB has a chance to finish his 2012 season with a bang in "The Game" against Michigan this weekend. But will it thrust him back into the Heisman talk after a lackluster performance against Wisconsin?
It'll take one heck of a day against one of the Big Ten's top defenses, but Miller did have 335 total yards and three TDs against the Wolverines a year ago. One could argue even a day like that wouldn't be enough.
Kenjon Barner at Oregon State
Barner put himself on the Heisman map with a 321-yard, five-TD rushing day against USC in early November. But he took himself right back off it by totaling just 131 yards and no scores in Oregon's last two games. The Beavers field a defense that is relatively stout against the run as well.
Aaron Murray and Jarvis Jones vs. Georgia Tech
Georgia has two players putting up numbers on the verge of becoming Heisman-worthy. Murray has 2,987 yards passing, 28 TDs and a date with an awful Yellow Jackets defense in Week 13. The Bulldogs are also a lock for the SEC Championship game, offering another opportunity for Murray to get his name in the race.
Jones has been dominant on defense with 63 tackles and, more impressively, 10.5 sacks on the year. The junior linebacker has three games with two or more sacks in 2012 and could easily add another against Georgia Tech. It would take a monumental performance for Jones to be considered, but he's worth a quick mention.
Geno Smith at Iowa State
Smith's numbers (3,365 yards, 70.1 completion percentage, 35 touchdowns, five interceptions) are comparable with the best in college football. His 656-yard, eight-TD game against Baylor will deservedly draw some notice.
Even so, five straight West Virginia losses have derailed the senior's Heisman chances. With two games left, there's time to get back in it. But Smith must produce consecutive games with stats in the ballpark of 400 yards and four TDs to earn the voters' respect.
Visiting Iowa State for a matchup on Friday night is a favorable place to get started.