The 2019 college football season is in full swing, so let’s look at out contenders for the Heisman Trophy. From now, until the trophy is presented in New York City in early December, we’re officially on Heisman watch.
The Game Haus offers its weekly rankings of the top five candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. Here’s a look at this week’s 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. 2 LSU (3)
This week: at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
The Breakdown: Yes, that’s right. Burrow has worked his way to the top of the Heisman watch. Who would have thought that during the preseason? Burrow has been downright amazing this season, completing an insane 79.6 percent of his passes for 2,157 yards with 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Three of those TD passes came in last weekend’s win over then-No. 7 Florida.
2. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, No. 1 Alabama (1)
This week: vs. Tennessee, 9 p.m., Saturday
The Breakdown: Cancel the rest of the season, Tua finally threw an interception last weekend. Oh yeah, he also threw four touchdown passes in that 47-28 victory over the Aggies. Tagovailoa still has a strong chance to win the Heisman, and it might come down to whether it’s the Crimson Tide or LSU that finishes the regular season in better form.
3. Jalen Hurts, QB, No. 5 Oklahoma (2)
This week: vs. West Virginia, Noon, Saturday
The Breakdown: Hurts was responsible for four touchdowns in last weekend’s victory over Texas, but he also threw an interception for a third consecutive contest. Does the latter really matter for the long haul within the Heisman watch? We’ll see, but with Burrow on the rise and Tua playing as solid as they come, Hurts might have little margin for error in this race. If that makes sense
4. Jonathan Taylor, RB, No. 6 Wisconsin (4)
This week: at Illinois, Noon, Saturday
The Breakdown: Taylor is four yards shy of 5,000 for his career. The safe money is that he reaches the mark on his first carry in Champaign. Taylor, who has rushed for 825 yards this season, could be in for a monster afternoon in East Central Illinois. Why? The Illini have allowed an average of 324.3 yards on the ground over the last three games. Wow!
5. Justin Fields, QB, No. 4 Ohio State (5)
This week: at Northwestern, 8:30 p.m., Friday
The Breakdown: Fields and the Buckeyes are coming off their idle week to play under the Friday night lights along Lake Michigan. Northwestern is 1-4, but it’s giving up an average of 19.8 points. So, it’s quite possible that Ohio State might need to work a little bit for this victory. Fields has been stellar in two road games, throwing six touchdowns, no interceptions and rushing for two scores.