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College Football ’19 Heisman watch

The 2019 college football season is nearing its end. The Heisman Trophy will be presented in New York City Dec. 14, so that moment is fast approaching.

The Game Haus has offered its weekly rankings of the top five candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. Here’s a look at our final version of the Heisman watch with the current contenders as we see it.

Last week’s ranking in parenthesis. All times eastern.

1. Joe Burrow, QB, No. 1 LSU (1)

This week: vs. No. 4 Georgia, 4 p.m., Saturday, SEC Championship Game (at Atlanta, Geo.)

The Breakdown: Burrow will need something catastrophic to happen for him not to win the Heisman Trophy. He’s been at the top of our Heisman watch for weeks, and has thrown 14 touchdowns over the last four contests. He’ll face a sizable challenge against the Bulldogs in Atlanta, but we don’t expect anything to hinder his Heisman chances.

2. Chase Young, DE, No. 2 Ohio State (3)

This week: vs. No. 10 Wisconsin, 8 p.m., Saturday, Big Ten Championship Game (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Breakdown: It’s no surprise that Young was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He had a relatively quiet day against Michigan last week, but Young is still the best defender in the country. Young enters this weekend’s conference title game with 38 total tackles, 16 1/2 sacks, 19 1/2 tackles for a loss and seven forced fumbles.

3. Justin Fields, QB, No. 2 Ohio State (4)

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This week: vs. No. 10 Wisconsin, 8 p.m., Saturday, Big Ten Championship Game (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Breakdown: It’s been a stellar first season at Ohio State for Fields, who was named the Big Ten’s Quarterback and Offensive Player of the Year. Fields’ 37 touchdown passes to one interception is quite remarkable, considering he’s faced some of the nation’s better defenses in Wisconsin and Penn State.

4. Jalen Hurts, QB, No. 6 Oklahoma (2)

This week: vs. No. 8 Baylor, Noon, Saturday, Big 12 Championship Game (Arlington, Texas)

The Breakdown: While Hurts was named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Year, he did not earn the league’s player of the year honors. That went to Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard. Still, Hurts is among he best athletes in all of college football and now hopes to lead the Sooners to a fifth consecutive conference championship.

5. J.K Dobbins, RB, No. 2 Ohio State (NR)

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This week: vs. No. 10 Wisconsin, 8 p.m., Saturday, Big Ten Championship Game (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Breakdown: A new addition to the Heisman watch and the third Ohio State player to earn some love. With 1,657 rushing yards entering the Big Ten title game, Dobbins has topped the 4,100 mark for his three-year career with the Buckeyes. He ran for 163 and two touchdowns on 20 carries against Wisconsin earlier this season.

 

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