Tua Tagovaioloa’s unfortunate season-ending hip injury puts the Alabama quarterback out of the Heisman running, and the top five remaining Heisman candidates are clear entering another big weekend.
1. Joe Burrow | LSU QB | Senior | Last week: 1
Heisman frontrunner Joe Burrow threw for another 489 yards and five touchdowns as LSU put up 58 points against Ole Miss, but he did throw a couple of interceptions—no player is perfect, though, and turnovers are bound to happen when you throw 42 times in a game. The senior quarterback has led his team to a 10-0 start and should hit the 40-passing-touchdown mark this Saturday night against Arkansas.
78.6% | 3,687 PASS YDS | 38 PASS TD | 6 INT
75 CAR | 215 RUSH YDS | 3 RUSH TD | 2.9 AVG
2. Jalen Hurts | Oklahoma QB | Senior | Last week: 2
It wasn’t his best game, but Jalen Hurts showed incredible poise while helping his team comeback from a 28-3 deficit to defeat Baylor and stay alive for the CFP. Hurts threw four touchdowns and did a lot of the heavy lifting on the ground, with 27 carries for 114 yards—and he didn’t have top receiver CeeDee Lamb on the outside. There’s still a few more games left to play, but Hurts is probably the biggest threat to Burrow right now.
73.0% | 3,039 PASS YDS | 28 PASS TD | 5 INT
152 CAR | 983 RUSH YDS | 15 RUSH TD | 6.5 AVG
3. Justin Fields | Ohio State QB | Sophomore | Last week: 4 (+1)
Justin Fields had as many touchdowns as incompletions against Rutgers, but that type of performance was expected for the extremely talented Buckeyes against an overmatched Scarlet Knights squad. The outing has in some ways been the norm for Fields in his first season with Ohio State, as the team has had little trouble moving the ball on opposing defenses. These next two games against Penn State and Michigan will show a lot, and Fields has a chance to make the Heisman race more interesting.
69.1% | 2,164 PASS YDS | 31 PASS TD | 1 INT
84 CAR | 377 RUSH YDS | 10 RUSH TD | 4.5 AVG
4. Jonathan Taylor | Wisconsin RB | Junior | Last week: 5 (+1)
Following two consecutive 200-yard performances, Jonathan Taylor is up to No. 4 in the Heisman Trophy race. Clemson’s Travis Etienne and Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard are in the mix as premier running backs, too, but Taylor gets the nod in part because he plays tougher defenses in the Big Ten.
233 CAR | 1,463 RUSH YDS | 17 RUSH TD | 6.3 AVG
20 REC | 162 REC YDS | 4 REC TD | 8.1 AVG
5. Justin Herbert | Oregon QB | Senior | Last week: NR
Justin Herbert threw just his third interception of the season while tossing four touchdowns in Oregon’s rout of Arizona. The Ducks’ senior leader has not done much damage on the ground this season, but he’s keeping his team in the Playoff discussion while they compete for a Pac-12 title. Herbert probably isn’t having a prolific enough season to steal the Heisman from someone like Burrow as of yet, but he might have a case if guys currently ahead of him slip up.
69.6% | 2,662 PASS YDS | 28 PASS TD | 3 INT
36 CAR | -12 RUSH YDS | 1 RUSH TD | -0.3 AVG