After another sensational performance, Jalen Hurts narrowly takes the No. 1 spot over Joe Burrow in this week’s Heisman watch.
1. Jalen Hurts | Oklahoma QB | Senior | Last week: 2 (+1)
UCLA isn’t exactly a juggernaut, but Jalen Hurts continuing to put up video game numbers as Oklahoma begins competition against Power Five schools very impressive. Hurts is clearly a man on a mission this year, and it’ll be nearly impossible to deny him the Heisman if he keeps playing this well, even if some voters don’t want to give three consecutive Heisman Trophy winners to the same school.
80.3% | 880 PASS YDS | 9 PASS TD | 0 INT
38 CAR | 373 RUSH YDS | 4 RUSH TD | 9.8 AVG
2. Joe Burrow | LSU QB | Senior | Last week: 1 (-1)
Joe Burrow could certainly be in the top spot, as he was superb in the biggest win of the season for any team at this point, but he’s down to No. 2 after a blowout win over Northwestern State. Burrow already has 1,122 passing yards this season, as the Tigers have opened up their offense in a major way.
83.3% | 1,122 PASS YDS | 11 PASS TD | 2 INT
17 CAR | 40 YDS | 1 RUSH TD | 2.4 AVG
3. Tua Tagovailoa | Alabama QB | Junior | Last week: 4 (+1)
After 444 passing yards and five passing touchdowns in Alabama’s SEC opener (a 47-23 win against South Carolina), Tua Tagovailoa moves up to No. 3 in this week’s Heisman watch. Tua hasn’t been completing passes at quite the rate of Burrow and has fewer yards, but he has a spotless TD/INT ratio and remains a threat to have an interception-less season.
76.9% | 1,007 PASS YDS | 12 PASS TD | 0 INT
9 CAR | 36 RUSH YDS | 1 RUSH TD | 4.0 AVG
4. Jonathan Taylor | Wisconsin RB | Junior | Last week: 3 (-1)
Jonathan Taylor drops a spot because he and the Badgers were off during the weekend, but the star junior running back has a great opportunity to make a statement this Saturday at noon eastern when Wisconsin faces Michigan in a ranked matchup.
35 CAR | 237 RUSH YDS | 5 RUSH TD | 6.8 AVG
5 REC | 65 REC YDS | 3 REC TD | 13.0 AVG
5. Justin Fields | Ohio State QB | Sophomore | Last week: 5
Justin Fields is right there in terms of touchdown numbers with the other three quarterbacks currently in the top five of the Heisman watch, but he’s clearly behind Hurts, Burrow, and Tagovailoa while lagging in total yardage—and he simply hasn’t been quite as impressive to this point. There’s still a lot of time, though, and Fields doesn’t have as much playing experience as the quarterbacks ahead of him.
70.3% | 657 PASS YDS | 9 PASS TD | 0 INT
25 CAR | 114 RUSH YDS | 4 RUSH TD | 4.6 AVG
*NOTE: White Wolf is not affiliated with the Heisman Trophy. This article is a staff opinion and is not an official Heisman Trophy watch.