The 2019 college football season is in the final stretch, so let’s look at our contenders for the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman will be trophy presented in New York City in early December, so that moment is fast approaching.
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: vs. Arkansas, 7 p.m., Saturday
The Breakdown: The Heisman watch is all about Burrow, who also could end up being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The bigger question facing the Tigers in a game that should be one-sided in their favor, is if there’s a need for Burrow to play the entire game? If or when things get comfortable.
2. Jalen Hurts, QB, No. 8 Oklahoma (2)
This week: vs. TCU, 8 p.m., Saturday
The Breakdown: Hurts had that key fumble heading into the end zone and also threw an interception at Baylor. But, he threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half as the Sooners rallied to stun the Bears. Those four touchdown passes were a season high.
3. Justin Fields, QB, No. 2 Ohio State (4)
This week: vs. No. 9 Penn State, Noon, Saturday
The Breakdown: Fields’ stock is rising in the Heisman watch, and he’s not really even playing a full game. With four more touchdown passes last weekend against Rutgers, Fields has thrown 13 touchdowns without an interception over his last four games. Things could get a little tougher against Penn State for Fields, but likely not much.
4. Jonathan Taylor, RB, No. 14 Wisconsin (NR)
This week: vs. Purdue, 4 p.m., Saturday
The Breakdown: We welcome Taylor back to the Heisman watch after he gained the most rushing yards (5,634) by a player through his junior season last week while running for 204 against Nebraska. Remember, Taylor gained his career-high 321 yards in a triple-overtime victory at Purdue last season.
5. Chuba Hubbard, RB, No. 22 Oklahoma State (5)
This week: at West Virginia, Noon, Saturday
The Breakdown: Hubbard (1,726 yards) and Taylor are Nos. 1 and 2 among NCAA rushing, and he deserves some love on the Heisman watch. It will be interesting to see if the redshirt sophomore will call it a college career after this season and head for the NFL. Otherwise, Hubbard, who has rushed for 20 touchdowns, could be atop the Heisman watch to start the 2020 season.