But check out the four ahead of him in the stats: Wisconsin's Russell Wilson, Baylor's Robert Griffin III, Houston's Case Keenum and Boise State's Kellen Moore.
All are solid candidates. Keenum is also No. 1 in passing yards with 4,269 and yards per game (388). He's hitting 73.4 percent of his passes. Griffin, who engineered the upset of Oklahoma, is hitting 73 percent of his passes and has 3,572 yards.
Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden is No. 2 in passing, averaging 32.3 completions a game.
Like runners? Wisconsin's Montee Ball is leading the country by averaging 133.3 rushing yards. Tacklers? Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechley is leading the nation by averaging 16.55. By recording 14 tackles against Notre Dame, he set a new ACC record for career tackles with 523 tackles in 33 games. Sackers? Whitney Mercilus of Illinois has 13.5. (Great name for a pass rusher, eh?)
Understand WVU's Geno Smith is just a cut below the front-runners. He's sixth nationally in passing yards, eighth in completions per game and No. 21 in pass efficiency. Teammate Tavon Austin is the nation's No. 2 all-purpose runner. Also, Marshall's Vinny Curry is fourth nationally in sacks with 11 and No. 2 in tackles for loss (1.86 per game average).
"We've been selling them almost constantly all day," said Civic Center box office manager Regina Baire.
Those interested may call the Civic Center at 304-345-7469 (extension 0) or hit the ticket office from 10 a.m. through game time.
Our state lost a gem over the weekend when Nate Crescenzi passed away at 82 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
Crescenzi was a basketball, football and baseball coach at Barrackville High. The Bisons won a state title under him in 1968. Crescenzi then went on to coach hoops at North Marion.
Crescenzi was also a administrator, but what made him special was his easy way with people, his volunteer efforts and the way he combined education and sports.
He helped form Pop Warner football, elementary and AAU teams. He worked for his county Board of Education. But what Crescenzi will be remembered for is his insistence of education taking precedence over sports.
Many talk the talk. He walked the walk.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.