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College Football ’19: Heisman Watch

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The 2019 college football season is heading down the stretch, so let’s look at our 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. 1 LSU (1)

This week: Idle

The Breakdown: Like every other member of the Heisman watch this week, Burrow is not in action. He’s busy preparing for next weekend’s much-anticipated matchup against Alabama. Burrow did not have a bad game against Auburn the last time out, he actually threw an interception, but his 30th touchdown pass and also ran for one to help keep the Tigers undefeated.

2. Jalen Hurts, QB, No. 10 Oklahoma (2)

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This week: Idle

The Breakdown: The Sooners are no longer undefeated, and probably out of the College Football Playoff picture at the moment. Hurts, however, threw for 395 yards with a touchdown and ran for three more scores in the loss at Kansas State – which can be put on Oklahoma’s defense. That’s enough to leave Hurts well-positioned in the Heisman race.

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

This week: Idle

The Breakdown: Fields just keeps going about his business, as was case the in last week’s victory over Wisconsin. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Buckeyes continued to dominate the Big Ten. Fields has thrown just one interception this season, and continues to show his poise under center.

4. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, No. 2 Alabama (3)

This week: Idle

The Breakdown: As Alabama prepares for its big date with LSU, Tagovailoa remains day to day with his ankle injury. Should he be available to take on the Tigers, Tua would have to make a serious recovery to be 100 percent ready to face the No. 1 team in the country. His status will be an obviously hot storyline all week. Stay tuned.

5. Chase Young, DE, No. 3 Ohio State (NR)

This week: Idle

The Breakdown: A newcomer to the Heisman watch, Young was considered the best defender in the country entering the season and has not disappointed. In last weekend’s 38-7 win over Wisconsin, Young recorded four sacks, five tackles for loss and even forced two fumbles. Add it up for the season, Young has 13 1/2 sacks and 15 1/2 tackles for loss. And there’s still plenty more football to be played.

 

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