The 2019 college football season is heading down the stretch, 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 (1)
This week: vs. No. 9 Auburn, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
The Breakdown: Burrow remains at the top of this week’s Heisman watch, but he faces a potentially tough matchup against a solid Auburn defense. However, Burrow and the Tigers offense seem programmed like a video game while averaging 50.1 points. Burrow has thrown 18 of his 29 touchdown passes over the last four games, with just one interception.
2. Jalen Hurts, QB, No. 5 Oklahoma (3)
This week: at Kansas State, Noon, Saturday
The Breakdown: Hurts moves up a spot based on the health of former Alabama teammate Tua Tagovailoa. The Sooner signal-caller has thrown for at least two touchdowns in every game and rushed for a score in all but one. Kansas State, meanwhile, has held all but one of its opponents to fewer than 30 points in a game.
3. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, No. 1 Alabama (2)
This week: vs. Arkansas, 7 p.m., Saturday
The Breakdown: Tua’s ankle injury is the biggest news in college football. Though his indefinite absence will hinder his place on the Heisman watch, the bigger issue for the Crimson Tide is whether or not their chances of winning a national championship are in serious jeopardy. It will be interesting to see if he can get back for Alabama’s highly anticipated meeting with LSU on Nov. 9.
4. Justin Fields, QB, No. 3 Ohio State (5)
This week: vs. No. 13 Wisconsin, Noon, Saturday
The Breakdown: Fields’ four-touchdown performance against Northwestern last week helped him move up a spot in the Heisman watch. The Buckeyes are about to face the best defense they’ve seen all season in Wisconsin. And, the Badgers will be angry following that unthinkable loss at Illinois last weekend.
5. Jonathan Taylor, RB, No. 13 Wisconsin (4)
This week: at No. 3 Ohio State, Noon, Saturday
The Breakdown: Taylor made history last week while cracking the 5,000-yard career rushing mark. However, Wisconsin lost and now he must help his team rebound against one of the best teams in the country. The Buckeyes have allowed just 56 points this season, and are yielding 92.7 rushing yards per contest.