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Heisman Watch Oct. 30th, 2012
Don't forget about Miller
Braxton Miller added three more touchdowns and posted his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season on Saturday against Penn State. His statistics and Ohio State's perfect record make for a strong résumé, but Ohio State's soft schedule and postseason ban aren't doing Miller any favors.
The Buckeyes' inability to play in the postseason is going to cost Miller the opportunity to add to his résumé in the Big Ten championship game, meaning he'll be sitting at home while other candidates are making their final cases for the Heisman.
Additionally, he's missing out on the media attention that comes with being highly ranked in the BCS standings. An undefeated Ohio State team is always a candidate to play for the national title, but the 8-0 Buckeyes are essentially out of sight, out of mind.
To make matters even worse for Miller, the final three opponents on the Buckeyes' schedule received a combined six points in the AP poll this past week. While their season-ending showdown with the Michigan Wolverines always receives its fair share of media attention, most voters won't be tuned in to Miller's Buckeyes during the final few weeks of the season.
So what does all of this mean? It would be foolish to count Miller out of the race, but due to the fact that the Buckeyes won't be in any high-profile games in November and December, it's unlikely that any voters who aren't already considering Miller will be swayed by his performance down the stretch.
Heisman Predictor rankings
A look at where the remaining candidates stand, using the Predictor formula.
Player School Points
Collin Klein Kansas State 118.5
AJ McCarron Alabama 113.5
Braxton Miller Ohio State 108
Kenjon Barner Oregon 99.5
Geno Smith West Virginia 91
Johnny Manziel Texas A&M 88.5