Here’s a look at the top five players for 2012 Heisman Candidates for Week 6:
5. Georgia Bulldogs QB Aaron Murray
Saturday may be the toughest matchup this season for Murray as he squares off against No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks–who are allowing just 11.2 points per game. Murray has thrown at least two touchdowns each game this season with his latest performance coming against the Tennessee Volunteers in which he completed 19 of 25 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns.
4. Ohio State Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller
The Buckeyes are coming off a big win against the Michigan State Spartans last weekend thanks to an impressive performance by the defense and Miller–who completed 16 of 23 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown. Miller faces another tough task on Saturday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but he could be in for a big day on the ground considering they recently allowed Montee Ball to find the end zone three times.
3. Florida State Seminoles QB E.J. Manuel
Last weekend was an easy matchup for Manuel as he completed 19 of 26 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown against the South Florida Bulls. Florida State faces another tough matchup this weekend against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, but Manuel still has the potential to put up big numbers considering what he did against the Clemson Tigers (380 passing yards and two touchdowns) a few weeks ago.
2. Kansas State Wildcats QB Collin Klein
The Wildcats have been one of the biggest surprises of 2012 so far and one of the main reasons why is because of Klein. So far, Klein has recorded 758 passing yards to go along with 289 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns, but he may have one of his best performances on Saturday against a Kansas Jayhawks team that is just 1-3 on the season.
1. West Virginia Mountaineers QB Geno Smith
The argument can be made that he’s played against easy defenses, but what Smith has done so far in 2012 has been nothing short of phenomenal. Smith is coming off a performance against the Baylor Bears in which he completed 45 of 51 passes for 656 yards and eight touchdowns–giving him 20 on the year with zero interceptions.