Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Louisville: 1,625 yards, 14 touchdowns, 688 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns
Jackson and the Cardinals were on a bye this week but Jackson still leads the Heisman race by a large margin. Louisville faces Duke on Saturday.
Deshaun Watson, quarterback, Clemson: 1,568 yards, 18 touchdowns
Clemson had a Friday night date with Boston College, and it went quite well for the Tigers. Clemson won 56-10 and Watson was responsible for four touchdowns. The Tigers are undefeated this season and that bodes well for Watson. Heisman winners traditionally come from contending teams. Clemson plays North Carolina State on Saturday.
Jake Browning, quarterback, Washington: 1,418 yards, 23 touchdowns
Washington blew out Oregon on Saturday. The Huskies snapped a 12-year drought against the Ducks with a 70-21 victory. Browning’s breakout campaign continued. He tossed six, count ‘em, six touchdowns and 304 yards. Browning was accurate against Oregon. He missed on only six of his passes. Browning will have to wait to try and move up in the rankings because Washington is on a bye this week.
Seth Russell, quarterback, Baylor: 1,326 yards, 14 touchdowns
Like the frontrunner, Russell was on a bye this week. Baylor’s next game is Saturday against Kansas.
J.T. Barrett, quarterback, Ohio State: 981 yards, 15 touchdowns
Barrett had a lackluster showing this week against Indiana. The Buckeyes won 38-17. He threw for only 93 yards and one touchdown. He had a better day running the ball. Barrett scampered for 137 yards and a touchdown. Indiana has shown it can play spoiler. The Hoosiers upset Michigan State in their fourth game. The task does not get much easier, though. The Buckeyes take on Wisconsin on Saturday.
Oklahoma State’s top candidate
Mason Rudolph, quarterback: 2,039 yards, 13 touchdowns
Rudolph was busy Saturday. He threw the ball 44 times for 351 yards and four touchdowns. The Cowboys needed a comeback to beat the Cyclones 38-31, and Rudolph led the way. Three of Rudolph’s four touchdowns came with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Rudolph needs OSU to become a contender to catch up to the rest of the field. The Cowboys are on a bye next week.