2012 Heisman Trophy Picks, Tips, & Predictions (Updated 8/30/12)

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The 2012 College Football season is about set to get underway, and here at Cappers Info, we are getting things started by making our 2012 Heisman Trophy picks. Be sure to keep this page bookmarked, because we are going to be keeping our Heisman Trophy picks up to date periodically throughout the season to see which players are the best in the country!

Heisman Trophy Pick No. 1: Matt Barkley, USC Trojans (+300 at Wager Web Sportsbook): This is simple. Barkley is the best player on the best team in the country right now. Neither Alabama nor LSU seems to have a legitimate Heisman candidate this year, at least off the bat, and we aren’t sold that QB Landry Jones of the Oklahoma Sooners is capable either. Barkley could seriously have a 5,000-yard season when it is said and done with, because Head Coach Lane Kiffin is going to let him rocket the football all over the field game in and game out. The defenses in the Pac-12 just aren’t going to be able to stop him. Barkley is the clear favorite right off the bat to beat the odds to win the Heisman Trophy for good reason.

Heisman Trophy Pick No. 2: Denard Robinson, Michigan Wolverines (+1000 at Wager Web Sportsbook): If you’re going to ultimately back Robinson, this is probably the time to do it, because there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. If the Wolverines are able to beat the Crimson Tide this weekend, Robinson immediately becomes the favorite to win the Heisman. If Michigan loses, it was supposed to lose, and as long as Robinson doesn’t totally embarass himself, he still should be fine. Even if he did make a fool out of himself and turn the ball over seven times or something absurd like that, the opportunities are still going to be there for Robinson to atone for his mistakes and get the job done against the big time teams in the Big Ten.

Heisman Trophy Pick No. 3: Geno Smith, West Virginia Mountaineers (+1200 at Wager Web Sportsbook): Smith has one of the biggest arms in the country, and he definitely isn’t afraid to use it. West Virginia is going to throw the ball and throw it all over the place this year, and Smith will be a natural in the Big XII, where quarterbacks like the aforementioned Jones and the departed Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy, and the likes have been. Throwing for 40 TDs and 4,000 yards seems to be about the expectation in Morgantown for the first year in the Big XII for West Virginia, and that would make Smith a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in our eyes.

Heisman Trophy Pick No. 4: EJ Manuel, Florida State Seminoles (+2800 at Wager Web Sportsbook): At 28 to 1, Manuel is at least worth a sniff at this point. He isn’t going to put up the gaudy stats that the other guys on this list will, but he is still the quarterback for a team that has a legitimate chance to run the table this year. Manuel does it with his arm and his legs, and he has a lot of things going for him. Unlike Barkley, he plays on the East Coast and voters will get a chance to see all of his games. Unlike Smith and Robinson, Manuel runs more of a pro style offense. And unlike all three guys, Manuel might have the best defense in the country working on his side. That’s a lot to say, knowing that there are a lot of great defenses out there, but Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has built a deep defense that has a lot of talent and depth, and if this unit starts to really get it going, it could make Manuel look like a heck of a player.

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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