The college football season is at the midway point and the buzz is growing on several players who could be Heisman Trophy candidates.
Buzz: There’s a new leader in the clubhouse as Kansas State’s Collin Klein leapfrogged Geno Smith with his outstanding performance against West Virginia Saturday. The senior had 364 total yards of offense and seven touchdowns – three through the air and four on the ground – during the Wildcats’ 55-14 win. He has close to 2,000 total yards of offense and 24 total touchdowns on the season, but he will face Texas Tech’s tough defense this weekend.
Up next: Saturday vs. Texas Tech
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Buzz: What a difference a few weeks can make. After a hot start, West Virginia and Geno Smith have both come crashing back to Earth. Last week’s poor performance during a loss to Kansas State – 143 yards passing with one touchdown and two interceptions – dropped the senior out of the top spot for the first time all season. A bye week could help Smith and the Mountaineers turn things around.
Up next: Nov. 3 vs. TCU
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Buzz: As Te’o goes, so goes Notre Dame’s defense. The Fighting Irish limited BYU to 243 total yards of offense while forcing two interceptions – one by Te’o – while hanging on for a 17-14 victory. For the fifth time this season, Te’o had double-digit tackles and his interception was the fourth of the season. His next challenge is slowing down an Oklahoma team that is averaging more than 44 points per game.
Up next: Saturday at Oklahoma
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Buzz: It was a rough weekend for Miller, both statistically and physically. He was slammed to the ground during the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Purdue and was eventually taken to a local hospital as precaution. Before his injury, he had earned 160 yards of total offense – 113 yards passing and 47 yards rushing – with a touchdown. It doesn’t get any easier this weekend against a Penn State team that ranks second in the Big Ten in rushing defense.
Up next: Saturday at Penn State
Buzz: Welcome back to the Heisman discussion, Mr. Barkley. Early struggles dropped him off everyone’s radar, but a strong couple of performances have put him right back in the Heisman talk. Last week, he set a school record when he threw his 100th career touchdown pass during a 50-6 win over Colorado. This week, the Trojans travel to Arizona to take on a Wildcats team that is first in the league in total offense, but near the bottom in total defense.
Up next: Saturday at Arizona
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