The 2019 college football season is in the final 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: at Mississippi, Noon, Saturday
The Breakdown: After throwing for 393 yards with three touchdowns and rushing for 64 yards in beating Alabama, many believe Burrow sealed the Heisman with that performance last week. While that doesn’t mean we’ll stop the Heisman watch, it will take quite a bit for Burrow to be knocked from the top spot on this list.
2. Jalen Hurts, QB, No. 10 Oklahoma (2)
This week: at No. 12 Baylor, 7:30 p.m., Saturday
The Breakdown: Oklahoma might be out of the national championship picture for the moment, but Hurts is still locked into the Heisman watch. He threw three more touchdowns and ran for another two (15 on the ground in 2019) as the Sooners bounced back from their lone defeat by hanging on to beat Iowa State. However, the gap between Hurts and Burrow is pretty wide.
3. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, No. 4 Alabama (4)
This week: at Mississippi State, Noon, Saturday
The Breakdown: Tua threw for 418 yards with four touchdowns and an interception against LSU, which was a pretty good day considering his team lost. Honestly, Alabama was only in the game because of its star quarterback. While that effort was worthy enough to move up in our Heisman watch, Tagovailoa’s main focus is finding a way to keep the Tide’s national title hopes alive.
4. Justin Fields, QB, No. 2 Ohio State (3)
This week: at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
The Breakdown: Fields accounted for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in last weekend’s rout of Maryland. Wonder how many he’ll total against lowly Rutgers this weekend? If Fields plays in the fourth quarter we’d be shocked. Fields’ 183.5 passer rating ranks fifth in the country.
5. Chuba Hubbard, RB, No. 25 Oklahoma State (NR)
This week: vs. Kansas, Noon, Saturday
The Breakdown: With the Cowboys in the Top 25, let’s throw some love Hubbard’s way in the Heisman watch. The nation’s leading rusher with 1,604 yards, Hubbard is averaging 178.2 per game. He ran for 223 against TCU earlier this month – the fourth time he’s topped the 200-yard mark this season.