14 October 2012

Is Geno Smith still the Heisman favorite following the loss to Texas Tech?

West Virginia's high-flying offensive attack came to a crashing halt in Lubbock on Saturday afternoon after they got smacked by a good Texas Tech defense while their own "defense" failed to stop anybody en route to a 49-14 beatdown. Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith has been the ringleader of the theatrics and rode it to become the Heisman frontrunner as his club reached the top five of the AP polls but after this upset blowout, is he still the favorite?

Smith did not continue to put up the insane numbers he had been putting up, completing only 29 of 55 passes for 275 yards and only one touchdown pass. But his numbers are still insane with 2271 passing yards, a 75.3 completion rate, an unbelievable 25-0 touchdown-interception ratio and a 180.8 quarterback rating, which still leads the FBS. Yes, he has taken out some feeble defenses (if you can even say Baylor has a defense) but those numbers are still unbelievable and a key reason why he is still one of the main favorites as it his numbers that have him in the race, not the team's success.

That is the opposite of Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who does put up impressive numbers (particularly in the run game, hence some comparisons to a particularly former Florida quarterback) but a big piece of why he is in the race is how good the Wildcats have been this season, and as they have the inside track to win the Big XII. I would still consider Smith the favorite but he and Klein show down this Saturday in Morgantown. If the Wildcats come out on top, we will have a new favorite in the Heisman race. 

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