Any Heisman hope in Pac-12?

It appears the Heisman Trophy is Geno Smith's to lose. And for good reason. The West Virginia quarterback's numbers are, well, insane.

He's thrown 24 touchdown passes with zero interceptions. He's completing 81 percent of his throws. His efficiency rating is over 200.


Perhaps he and the Mountaineers fall apart. Don't bet on, though. And pondering that is not why we are here.

Our issue is this: Are any Pac-12 players going to be invited to New York for the ceremony. As in: Just getting nominated is an honor.

According to ESPN.com's Heisman Tracker, four Pac-12 players are still getting attention for the bronze statue, at least as a court to surround Smith when he grasps the trophy.

Oregon's do-everything offensive weapon, De'Anthony Thomas, hasn't done much of late but he's fourth in the voting. His teammate, RB Kenjon Barner, is eighth. USC QB Matt Barkley, the preseason favorite, is not completely forgotten in fifth place. And Barkely's top target, receiver Marqise Lee, is 11th.

It seems like a good bet that at least one of these guys will be in New York for the ceremony.

And it seems like a good bet the guy who does the best on Nov. 3 when Oregon visits USC will be that guy.