Talking Points: Heisman hopeful

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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It is far, far too early to award the Heisman Trophy, but Geno Smith made the honor his to lose with his performance Saturday. The West Virginia quarterback completed 45 of 51 passes for 656 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions in a 70-63 victory over Baylor.

Oh, and he rushed for 31 yards and directed an offense that amassed 807 yards.

Baylor's defense might not be championship worthy, but the Bears were ranked in the Top 25 in the national polls. It's not as if Smith was piling up numbers against Tennessee Tech.

Through four games, Smith has completed 82 percent of his passes, good for 1,826 yards with 20 TDs and no interceptions.

There's a long way to go in this college football season, and many a Heisman has been lost in November. Then again, many a Heisman has been won in September.

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Given the long and dreadful history of Northwestern University football, Wildcat fans have learned to celebrate even the smallest of victories. Which is what made Saturday's contest against Indiana so significant.

According to the official NCAA record book, NU has lost 632 games all-time. That is a record for teams at the highest level of college football. Indiana, however, now has 630 losses following a 44-29 defeat to the Wildcats.

Considering that NU is 5-0, it might not be long before the Wildcats are no longer the losingest losers in Loserville. Hey, when you haven't won a bowl game since the 1948 season, you learn to appreciate these things.

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