The extremely competitive Heisman Trophy race continues to heat up after an injury to Tua Tagovailoa and Wisconsin’s first loss of the season.
1. Joe Burrow | LSU QB | Senior | Last week: 1
It’s the middle of October, but Joe Burrow has already set LSU’s school record for touchdown passes in a season after throwing four touchdowns at Mississippi State to bring his season total to 29 scores through the air. Burrow hit four different targets for his four touchdowns, and the Tigers’ offense again looked completely different than it has in years past—Burrow’s play is probably the main reason for that.
79.4% | 2,484 PASS YDS | 29 PASS TD | 3 INT
39 CAR | 94 RUSH YDS | 2 RUSH TD | 2.4 AVG
2. Jalen Hurts | Oklahoma QB | Senior | Last week: 3 (+1)
Jalen Hurts jumps back up to the second spot in this week’s Heisman Trophy candidate rankings, as he totaled another five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in Oklahoma’s rout of West Virginia. Hurts was exceptional as a passer, going 16/17 for 316 yards and the three scores, and he again led the team in rushing. Through just seven games, Hurts has 20 touchdowns passing and ten touchdowns rushing.
74.0% | 2,074 PASS YDS | 20 PASS TD | 3 INT
84 CAR | 705 RUSH YDS | 10 RUSH TD | 8.4 AVG
3. Tua Tagovailoa | Alabama QB | Junior | Last week: 2 (-1)
There’s a chance Tua Tagovailoa continues to fall in the Heisman rankings depending on how much time he misses with his high-ankle sprain. This is the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season, and he had the same surgery as last year to fix the issue—it might be difficult for someone that undergoes surgery in middle of the season to win the Heisman, especially in a year this crowded. Tua will miss this week, but the hope is he can return to face LSU in Alabama’s next game after the team has a bye week.
74.7% | 2,166 PASS YDS | 27 PASS TD | 2 INT
18 CAR | 30 RUSH YDS | 2 RUSH TD | 1.7 AVG
4. Jonathan Taylor | Wisconsin RB | Junior | Last week: 4
A loss for Wisconsin might hurt Jonathan Taylor’s Heisman candidacy overall because an undefeated season would have been massive in a tight race, but the star running back did his part with 132 rushing yards and a touchdown in the loss to Illinois. Taylor has a prime opportunity to create a memorable moment when the Badgers look to bounce back in Columbus this weekend.
157 CAR | 957 RUSH YDS | 15 RUSH TD | 6.1 AVG
16 REC | 138 REC YDS | 4 REC TD | 8.6 AVG
5. Justin Fields | Ohio State QB | Sophomore | Last week: 5
Meanwhile, Justin Fields has a chance to make a statement of his own against the stingy Wisconsin defense this Saturday, as it should be the biggest test of the season for Ohio State after coasting through the early schedule with all wins by three possessions or more. Fields might break all the way into the top three if he has an outstanding game this weekend in a Buckeyes win.
70.7% | 1,492 PASS YDS | 22 PASS TD | 1 INT
63 CAR | 291 RUSH YDS | 8 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.