Heisman Watch: Joe Burrow stakes his declare as front-runner

What a Saturday for Joe Burrow. The Heisman favourite threw for practically 400 yards in LSU’s 46-41 win over Alabama, cementing himself because the front-runner.

All through the season, ESPN.com writers will vote for his or her prime Heisman candidates.


To get the ultimate rankings, we use the next methodology: 10 voters, 5 votes every. Factors system: 5 factors for first-place votes, 4 factors for second-place votes, three factors for third-place votes, two factors for fourth-place votes and one level for fifth-place votes.

Voters: Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Kyle Bonagura, Invoice Connelly, Heather Dinich, David M. Hale, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Adam Rittenberg, Mark Schlabach


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Complete factors: 50 (first-place votes: 10)

Notable: If there was any doubt about Burrow’s standing as the favourite going into final weekend, it was laid to relaxation on Saturday. The Tigers’ star QB threw for 393 yards and three TDs in LSU’s win over Bama, its first over the Tide since 2011. Burrow, who was carried off the sector on his teammates’ shoulders, additionally rushed for 64 yards.

Quotable: “He is among the finest we have had right here.” — LSU head coach Ed Orgeron

Heisman odds (Caesars Sportsbook): -700

Complete factors: 31 (first-place votes: zero)

Notable: Hurts and the Sooners bounced again from their first lack of the season with a detailed win over the Cyclones. OU’s dual-threat QB threw for 3 TDs and ran for 2 extra. He threw for 273 yards and rushed for 68 as Oklahoma held off a late rally from Iowa State.

Quotable: “You’ve gotten video games like this,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley stated. “You don’t need them, particularly when you’ve got an opportunity to separate like we did. But when they occur, you have to discover a approach to man up and discover a approach to win ultimately.”

Heisman odds: 7-1

Complete factors: 28 (first-place votes: zero)

Notable: Tagovailoa, nonetheless hobbled by his beforehand injured ankle, returned from surgical procedure and placed on a valiant efficiency within the Tide’s loss to LSU. He threw for a whopping 418 yards (together with a late 85-yard TD cross) and 4 TDs.

Quotable: “He stated he might play within the recreation, he wished to play within the recreation and he thought he might exit and do job. I feel he was a warrior by way of what he did.” — Alabama head coach Nick Saban

Heisman odds: 12-1

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Justin Fields throws three landing passes and runs in one other rating as No. 1 Ohio State beats Maryland 73-14.

Complete factors: 16 (first-place votes: zero)

Notable: It was simply one other day on the workplace for Fields, who threw for 3 TDs and ran for an additional — all within the first half — in a blowout win over Maryland. He threw for 200 yards as Ohio State shredded the Terps’ protection and stayed undefeated on the yr.

Quotable: “We went by slightly adversity this week,” coach Ryan Day stated. “Adversity reveals character, and our character was on the forefront of this recreation. I felt we got here out and confirmed we’re product of one thing particular right here.”

Heisman odds: 7-1

Complete factors: 12 (first-place votes: zero)

Notable: Younger sat out OSU’s blowout win over Maryland Saturday due to a potential NCAA violation. The most recent information is that the Buckeyes count on Younger to be handed a four-game suspension for accepting a mortgage from a household buddy. Any absence places an enormous dent in Younger’s Heisman candidacy, which was choosing up steam the previous two weeks.

Quotable: “Chase Younger has confirmed what an awesome participant he’s. … He is the perfect participant in [the 2020 NFL] draft.” — ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

Heisman odds: 100-1

Complete factors: 5 (first-place votes: zero)

Notable: His Cowboys had been off Saturday, however Hubbard stays the main rusher in FBS with 1,604 yards — greater than 100 yards forward of No. 2 on the checklist.

Quotable: “It took FBS coaches some time to study Hubbard, however now they know all concerning the world-class sprinter from Alberta, Canada.” — ESPN’s Chris Low and Mark Schlabach

Heisman odds: 75-1

Complete factors: 2 (first-place votes: zero)

Notable: Taylor labored his manner again on this checklist with a formidable efficiency towards Iowa on Saturday. He rushed for a season-high 250 yards (130 of which got here within the fourth quarter). He additionally was the primary RB this season to eclipse 100 yards towards the Hawkeyes. His 250 yards had been essentially the most ever by a Wisconsin participant towards Iowa.

Quotable: “Jonathan has been nice all season, however I feel he holds himself to a excessive normal,” teammate Quintez Cephus stated. “He wished to come back out right here and do what he did at present. He advised us he was going to be higher, and he did it. Props to him.”

Heisman odds: 150-1

Complete factors: 1 (first-place votes: zero)

Notable: Oregon was on a bye over the weekend, however the Geese stay within the CFP image. Herbert, in the meantime, is simply 5 TDs shy of tying his mark of 29 TDs final season.

Quotable: “To this point, so good for Herbert, who has accomplished 69.four% of his passes with 24 touchdowns and two interceptions. He acquired off to a sluggish begin within the win over USC, however he completed sturdy, finishing all 10 of his throws off play-action for 128 yards and three touchdowns.” — ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

Heisman odds: 40-1

Complete factors: 1 (first-place votes: zero)

Notable: Within the first quarter alone, Lawrence threw for 2 TDs and ran for an additional en path to a 55-10 win over NC State. He completed with 276 yards for the undefeated Tigers earlier than being taken out of the blowout early.

Quotable: “Our guys had been locked in and simply actually able to play. And our execution was super in that first half. We actually performed about as clear as you possibly can play. We did not make many errors.” — Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney

Heisman odds: 150-1