Warning: Do not adjust your screen. As you can see, I am not Cory McCartney. But I am excited to take the reins of SI.com's new-look Heisman Watch for the rest of the college football season.
When last we left our rankings, West Virginia's Geno Smith had managed to maintain a loose lead on the race despite his Mountaineers getting bludgeoned at Texas Tech. Likewise, readers had anointed Smith the
Oh, how a week can change things. Saturday's matchup between Smith's Mountaineers and fellow Heisman hopeful Collin Klein's No. 4 Kansas State Wildcats erased Smith's mid-season lead. The matchup saw only one passer deliver a performance worthy of the hardware: The versatile Klein smothered the Mountaineers, propelling the Kansas State senior from early season dark horse to current Heisman Watch leader.
Before moving on to the post-Week 8 rankings, here's a reminder of
Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, Wisconsin running back Monteé Ball and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel missed the cut this week.
As part of our new approach to the Heisman Watch, we'll poll SI's Heisman voters each week to get their current top-three list. In this first installment, SI staffers largely agree with the Watchman's top pick, with all but one first-place vote going to Klein. The final first-place vote went to a player left off every other ballot: Alabama offensive lineman Chance Warmack.
Irish linebacker Te'o intercepts a pass in Notre Dame's 17-14 win over BYU. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)
Alabama quarterback McCarron hits a wide-open Amari Cooper in the corner of the end zone to give the Crimson Tide the early lead in their 44-13 romp over Tennessee. Brad Nessler says it best in the video: "That was too easy."
Should we credit Klein ... or blame West Virginia?