CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- AS I'VE BEEN oh-so impatiently awaiting the Northern Illinois-Florida State Orange Bowl and the Syracuse-West Virginia Pinstripe Bowl, what's saved me have been duties.
This season I've been voting on the Associated Press Top 25 football and basketball polls, as well as the wire service's All-Big 12 and All-America teams. Oh yes - and that Heisman Trophy deal.
What I've learned and what, I'm sure, you suspect is voting on such matters is an inexact science. But what I've also learned and what, I'm sure, you also suspect is not all voters thoroughly research matters.
That's as clear as the three Heisman Trophy finalists.
It's as if many simply watched Brent, Herbie, Lou, et al., and decided from the candidates the TV heads tossed out there.
Hmmm, should I go with the one with the "Heisman moment?" Then Johnny Manziel it is.
Maybe I'll be radical and go with the best defensive player. Then Manti Te'o it is.
Perhaps that guy from surprising Kansas State would be good: Calvin ... er, Collin Klein.
Those are your Heisman finalists, folks. (Insert Musburger voice there.) But let's really break this down, beginning with the quarterbacks.
Look at the NCAA numbers in regard to passing. If you wish to forgo No. 1 Rakeem Cato of Marshall and No. 2 Colby Cameron of Louisiana Tech, that takes you to No. 3 Geno Smith of West Virginia and No. 4 Seth Doege of Texas Tech. Baylor's Nick Florence is No. 18.
You'll then find Manziel at No. 21 and Klein at No. 84. Yes, 84.
Passing yards per game? After Cato and Cameron, you'll find Florence at No. 3, Smith at No. 4, Oklahoma's Landry Jones at No. 5 and Doege at No. 6. Manziel is No. 19 and Klein is No. 71. Yes, 71.
Total passing yards? No. 1 Cato, No. 2 Cameron, No. 3 Florence, No. 4 Smith, No. 5 Jones and No. 6 Doege. Manziel is No. 16 and Klein is No. 64.
Still not seeing the light? OK, let's go to passing efficiency. Alabama's A.J. McCarron is No. 1 there. WVU's Smith is No. 7. Klein is No. 16 (finally a plus for him), Manziel is No. 17 and Florence is No. 21.
I hear you. Klein is an all-around QB. Runs and passes, with a strong emphasis on running. Well, in total offense, the No. 1 performer has been Florence. No. 2 is Manziel. No. 3 is Smith. No. 9 is Doege. No. 10 is Jones. And Klein comes in at ... wait for it ... No. 30.
It's clear that Klein is behind Florence and Smith, not only in the Big 12, but nationally. One could argue Doege and Jones also performed better.