A hobbled Trace McSorley falls out of the Heisman Watch top five after Penn State’s blowout loss to Michigan. Tua Tagovailoa still leads the way after Alabama rolled against LSU.
1. Tua Tagovailoa | Alabama QB | Sophomore | Last week: 1
Tua Tagovailoa threw his first interception of the season against LSU, but it didn’t seem to affect him one bit. The sophomore quarterback could probably have at least 40 touchdowns if Alabama wasn’t so dominant as a team. But the leader—playing at an extremely high level—of the No. 1 team is always going to be a top Heisman candidate.
68.0% | 2,361 | 27 TD | 1 INT
29 ATT | 172 YDS | 3 TD | 5.9 AVG
2. Kyler Murray | Oklahoma QB | Senior | Last week: 2
Two first-quarter interceptions wasn’t a great start for Kyler Murray, but he bounced back with four total touchdowns to lead Oklahoma to 51 points in a shootout win over Texas Tech. With three regular season Big 12 matchups remaining, Murray should put up more crazy numbers versus subpar defenses.
70.6% | 2,689 YDS | 31 TD | 5 INT
82 ATT | 574 YDS | 7 TD | 7.0 AVG
3. Dwayne Haskins | Ohio State QB | RS Sophomore | Last week: 3
Dwayne Haskins threw a bad red-zone interception that appeared to draw the ire of offensive coordinator Ryan Day, and his accuracy wasn’t quite as sharp as usual, but overall it was another strong day for the Buckeye quarterback against Nebraska. Haskins remains in the mix for college football’s most prestigious individual honor.
69.7% | 3,053 YDS | 32 TD | 6 INT
38 ATT | 45 YDS | 1 TD | 1.2 AVG
4. Jonathan Taylor | Wisconsin RB | Sophomore | Last week: 4
After getting contained by Northwestern a couple weeks ago, Jonathan Taylor bounced back with 208 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Badgers to a win at Rutgers. The great sophomore running back leads the Big Ten in rushing by 400 yards.
208 ATT | 1,363 YDS | 11 TD | 6.6 AVG
7 REC | 52 YDS | 7.4 AVG
5. Gardner Minshew | Washington State QB | Senior | Last week: NR
Will Grier is right behind Gardner Minshew for the final spot in the Heisman Watch, but Minshew gets the slight edge for putting up similar numbers while not playing in the Big 12. The former East Carolina quarterback has been really good after just joining Mike Leach’s offense. He’s making a strong case to be invited to New York as a Heisman finalist.
70.8% | 3,517 YDS | 27 TD | 7 INT
35 ATT | 60 YDS | 2 TD | 1.7 AVG