As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.
Geno-logy of a Heisman run
Here at the Fifth Quarter, we — I — won’t be making any type of Heisman watch lists for another couple of weeks. However, if the stiff-armed trophy were handed out today, Geno Smith would be the winner in a veritable landslide — if it’d even be that close. In further buttressing his case for the Heisman, all the quarterback for No. 9 West Virginia did against a (literally) defenseless No. 25 Baylor squad was throw for 656 yards and account for 687 yards of total offense. Smith also threw more touchdowns (eight) than incompletions (six) in the wild 70-63 win in the Mountaineers’ first-ever Big 12 conference game. In four games, Smith has thrown for 1,728 yards and 20 touchdowns while completing a staggering 83.4 percent of his passes. Most impressively, Smith has no interceptions amongst his 169 attempts. Again, there’s a lot of time between now and the awarding of the Heisman in December. Still, it appears that the most prestigious trophy in the sport is Smith’s to lose.
Attended an SEC game, and a Big 12 matchup broke out
Annually hailed as the top defensive conference in the country, the SEC prides itself on bringing it on that side of the ball. Through some tiny rip in the space-time continuum, however, all Big 12 hell broke loose in Athens Saturday afternoon. Between Georgia and Tennessee, there were 95 points scored; 1,038 yards gained; and 42 first downs earned as the No. 5 Bulldogs held on for a wild 51-44 win over the Vols. There was also an “ugly” side to the game, with the two teams combining to commit seven turnovers. Two of those late in the first half allowed the Vols to turn a 27-10 deficit into a 30-27 lead. Three committed by UT quarterback Tyler Bray in the last six minutes prevented any hopes the Vols had of earning a road upset.
Urban renewal continues in Columbus
Undefeated through his first four games as Ohio State’s coach, Urban Meyer‘s Buckeyes had yet to be tested as the early-season schedule consisted of the likes of Miami of Ohio, UCF, Cal and UAB. The first real measuring stick of the season, on the road no less, came in East Lansing against Michigan State in the Big Ten opener for both schools — and OSU passed with flying colors, albeit of a dull hue variety. And despite the first uneven game of the season for star quarterback Braxton Miller. In a game that was, for better or worse, the epitome of Big Ten football, and the exact opposite of anything that happens in the Big 12, the No. 14 Buckeyes churned, grinded and pounded out a hard-fought 17-16 win over the No. 21 Spartans. It was far from pretty from an aesthetic point of view, but it was efficient in that it resulted in a fifth-straight win for Meyer and the Buckeyes. While Miller accounted for 315 yards of offense (179 passing, 136 rushing), he accounted for three turnovers (one pick, two lost fumbles) that could’ve been OSU’s undoing in such a hostile — and stanky — environment. It didn’t, and that’s the mark of a good football team and one that Meyer’s rightly proud of. Even in this lost season of sanctions, with no shot at a Big Ten championship game or bowl berth, the Buckeyes are clearly the class of the Big Ten. Granted, that’s like proclaiming someone as the tallest midget, but it’s something for the Buckeyes to continue playing for. Well, that and a shiny Leaders Division trophy.