Big 12 football: Don't hand West Virginia's Geno Smith the Heisman just yet

by Berry Tramel Modified: September 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012

Robert Griffin did not win the Heisman Trophy with his sizzling start to the 2011 season. He won it with a torrid finish.

So don't hand the most famous hardware in sport to Geno Smith just yet, even though those insufferable Heisman polls currently have the West Virginia quarterback in the lead.

But Smith's start is eerily similar to Griffin's of a year ago.

In Baylor's first three games last season, Griffin threw 15 touchdown passes and 12 incompletions.

In West Virginia's two games this season so far, Smith has thrown nine touchdown passes and nine incompletions.

“I've been hearing all about that, and I want to put a stop to that real soon,” Smith said of the Griffin comparisons. “RG3's a great guy, and he's doing good things in the NFL, and I'm only a college quarterback hoping to get where he is.”

The Smith machine doesn't figure to slow on Saturday, when West Virginia hosts Maryland. But big games await – over the next four weeks, the Mountaineers host Baylor, play at Texas and Texas Tech, then host Kansas State.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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