Heisman Watch: Week 13
As college football gets another week closer to the end, the Heisman race heats up although the winner may already be chosen. Week 12 didn’t disappoint and shook up the rankings due to a season-ending injury and another missed game for a star. Let’s take a look at the Heisman rankings heading into week 13 action:
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
The trophy is Burrow's to lose, as he continues to lead LSU to a perfect season. Although Burrow threw two interceptions this past weekend, that only brings his total up to six for the season. Those interceptions can be overlooked due to the fact that Burrow also threw for five touchdowns and 489 yards in the same game.
Averaging just under four touchdowns and 368 yards through the air a game has most likely sealed the trophy for the senior. Expect Burrow to win the Heisman, but whatever follows him will be a surprise.
Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
Hurts channeled his inner Tom Brady on Saturday as he led the Sooners back from a 28-3 deficit against the undefeated Baylor Bears. Hurts struggled early as he had three turnovers, including two lost fumbles. En route to the comeback victory, the Heisman hopeful had 297 passing yards and another 114 on the ground. The transfer found the endzone four times before sealing the 34-31 victory. Hurts will continue to chase Burrow, however, it may be too late to catch him.
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Fields makes a jump into the top three as the Buckeyes continue to roll. Fields threw for four touchdowns and 305 yards in this past weekends win over Rutgers. The sophomore quarterback has an incredible 31 touchdowns on the year while only throwing one interception. Fields also has added 10 touchdowns with his feet and almost 400 extra yards on the ground. Fields will continue to make his case and will have a good chance to, as he finishes his season against Penn State and Michigan.
Chase Young, QB, Ohio State
Although Young has missed the past two weeks due to suspension, the defensive end has a chance to put his name back in the conversation. Young was on pace for a historic season but missing two games slowed him down a bit. The sophomore should still break the Ohio State single-season sack record but also has two tough matchups coming up.
If Young has monster games against Penn State and Michigan, look for the potential number one pick to plead his case for the coveted trophy.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Tagovailoa was a favorite all season long before suffering a season ending injury this past weekend. This injury takes the sophomores name off the ballot but everyone is hopeful for a quick and full recovery for the talented kid. Tagovailoa had a successful surgery earlier this week.
Outside looking in:
Justin Herbert, Oregon, QB: 2662 passing yards, 29 total touchdowns;
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