Big 12 Heisman watch: Week 3

September, 11, 2012
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After two weeks of games, here's how I rank the Big 12's best hopes to bring home the Heisman for the second consecutive year.

1. Geno Smith, QB, WVU: Smith's Mountaineers were idle last week and head to Maryland this week to face FCS member James Madison at FedEx Field, the Washington Redskins' home. It's unlikely Smith will get much playing time in the fourth quarter, but it'd be good for him to go another week with zero interceptions.

2. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State: Klein leapfrogged Landry Jones with a huge performance on Saturday. Klein had the best individual performance of anyone in the Big 12 on Saturday, and mostly because of that, K-State had the best overall team performance. Klein completed 9-of-11 passes for 210 yards, a touchdown and a late interception in the Wildcats' 52-13 win over Miami. He got back to his touchdown-scoring ways, though, burrowing through the Miami defense for three rushing touchdowns and 71 yards.

3. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Jones played well in Oklahoma's 69-13 rout of Florida A&M. In less than three quarters of work, he completed 19-of-28 for 252 yards, two scores and an interception. Jones is still working with new receivers, but to win the Heisman, you'd like to see his completion percentage be a little higher against an FCS opponent. Still, his talent is undeniable.

4. Tavon Austin, WR/KR/PR, West Virginia: Austin's talent is on display every time he touches the ball. WVU was off last week, but you'll be reminded of how good Austin is the first time he touches the ball against James Madison on Saturday.

Here's how I voted in the ESPN Heisman Watch, a weekly award panel of ESPN analysts and experts.
  1. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
  2. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
  3. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
  4. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State
  5. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

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