Geno Smith jumps out to big lead in latest Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Straw Poll

An eight-touchdown day against Baylor has given Geno Smith a big lead in the latest edition of the Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday.

The West Virginia senior quarterback collected 10 first place votes from the 11-member panel for a total score of 30 points, his best showing of the season, and well ahead of second-place Collin Klein of Kansas State (11 points). It’s the third week in a row that Smith has led the weekly survey of Heisman voters from around the country.

“His first month has been flawless,” said one panelist. “You can’t do much better than the game he had against Baylor.”

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was third with seven points, while Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was fourth with four points.

“Miller showed a lot of guts in grinding out a tough win over Michigan State,” one voter said.

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and USC wide receiver Marqise Lee tied for fifth with three points each (Lee picked up the panel’s other first-place vote).

Three other players tied for seventh, while two tied for 10th.

Heading into its seventh season, the former Heismanpundit.com Heisman Straw Poll has been reborn as the HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll. It has been the most accurate Heisman poll in the country the last five seasons, with the final 2011 poll correctly picking the top seven finishers. It is made up of 11 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for three players each week. Tabulations are made on a 3-2-1 basis (just like a real Heisman ballot) with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

Each week’s poll will be released on Tuesday throughout the season at CBSSports.com and at HeismanPundit.com.

The HP/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll, 10-2-2012
Player, total points (first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia – 30 (10)

2. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State – 11

3. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State – 7

4. Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame — 4

5. (tie) Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia — 3

Marqise Lee, WR, USC – 3 (1)

7. (tie) EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State – 2

De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon — 2

Kain Colter, QB, Northwestern — 2

10. (tie) Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia — 1

David Ash, QB, Texas — 1

About the Voting Panel

The 11 members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando SentinelTom Dienhart of The Big Ten NetworkMichael Lev of the Orange County RegisterBruce FeldmanDennis Dodd and Bryan Fischer of CBSSports.comDick Weiss of the New York Daily NewsLenn Robbins of the New York PostJenni Carlson of The Oklahoman and Dave Hackenberg of The Toledo BladeChris Huston, CBSSports.com Heisman analyst and publisher of HeismanPundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.

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