September 29, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass in the first quarter in the game against the Baylor Bears at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Staff Roundtable: What Are Geno Smith’s Chances of Winning the Heisman Trophy?


Sep 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

The biggest headline this season in the Big 12 has been Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers. West Virginia moved to the Big 12 this past offseason and they are having a pretty good start to their season.

They are currently ranked #8 in the nation and many are wondering if they are for real this year or if they will die off as the season advances.

The field general for WVU this season has been Geno Smith. So far, this season Smith has thrown for 1,728 yards, 20 touchdowns, and ZERO interceptions.

So far, Smith sits at #1 on ESPN’s Heisman Trophy list.

The Through the Phog staff discusses where Smith is on their personal Heisman Trophy list and if West Virginia can win the Big 12 this season.

George: West Virginia can win the Big 12. It is wide open. Kansas State, Texas, West Virginia and TCU are all in the title chase. Oklahoma is on the outside waiting along with Oklahoma State and Baylor. Geno Smith is right at the top of my Heisman list. He so far has been having the best season of any collegiate player in the country.

Ricky: I have said it before and I will say it again. I think that Geno Smith will be the Heisman Trophy winner this season even if West Virginia loses a game. The biggest thing that jumps out to me about him this season is his touchdown to interception ratio. So far, he has 20 touchdowns and no interceptions. I want to see how many games he can go without an interception. He is a thrill to watch. Did you see the game against Baylor?

Can WVU win the Big 12? They have a pretty good chance. However, they will need to go undefeated to do so. Texas, Oklahoma, and TCU should be no problem for the Mountaineers. The game I’m waiting to watch is Kansas State against WVU. Klein against Smith. In the end, I believe that the Mountaineers can win the Big 12 this season.

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Each week, the staff at Through the Phog will react on the previous day’s games in Big 12 football and other news that happens in the conference. We are always welcoming of comments that you might have on the topics covered each week. Our current staff includes lead editor George Pike, along with staff writer, Ricky Widmer.

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