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PODCAST: Resetting the Heisman Race with Chris Huston

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
West Virginia's Geno Smith returns to action in Week 3 after an impressive 323-yard, four-touchdown debut. (US Presswire)

As we have noted here before at the Eye On College Football, the Heisman Trophy can't be won in September. It is a long season, and many voters have shown the tendency to base their decisions on how a contender plays late in the season. But while the Heisman can't be won in September, it can be lost.

Disappointing performances in early losses for Michigan's Denard Robinson and Wisconsin's Montee Ball have opened up the Heisman race. Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley stands alone as the frontrunner, but the first two weeks have provided plenty of evidence to support several new faces in the Heisman Watch. Heisman Expert Chris Huston (@HeismanPundit) joins me on the podcast to break down some of the contenders across the country and what opportunities they have to help or hurt their stock in the weeks ahead.

The Straw Poll still has Barkley on top, but Chris explains how UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin could present some competition for his cross-town rival. Tune in as we also discuss the advantages of a "Heisman Resume Year" and the impact of regional voting on the 2012 race.

In a hurry? Check the contents below for specific topics

0:00 - Huston Intro and biggest Heisman surprises
2:30 - Difference between Heisman Watch and HeismanPundit Straw Poll
4:00 - Heisman frontrunner Matt Barkley's advantages in the race
5:36 - Possible national title AND Heisman Trophy stakes at Oregon vs. USC
6:45 - West Virginia's Geno Smith as the main challenger down the stretch
8:45 - Player with the most to lose in Week 3
10:50 - Aaron Murray and how Georgia's schedule helps his Heisman chances
12:30 - ACC candidates - EJ Manuel vs. Tajh Boyd
15:00 - Most intriguing player on the rise: UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin
17:45 - Breaking down the regional voting with the current candidates
23:00 - Louisville's Teddy Bridewater and the importance of a Heisman "resume year"

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