Another week, another dominant performance by LSU star running back, Leonard Fournette. Is it even worth it for other player to compete for the award? Barring an injury, (cross your fingers) it seems like the sophomore LSU running back is well on his way to hauling in only the 2nd Heisman trophy in the program’s storied history.
No matter how clear-cut the Heisman race may seem, it must go on. Let’s take a look at the guys with the best chance to dethrone Fournette as the favorite for the Heisman trophy:
1.) Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU (+/- 0)
Stats: 864 rushing yards, 8.7 yards per rush, 11 TDs, 16 receiving yards
You can’t say enough about Leonard Fournette, as a sophomore, everyone already knows who he is. The LSU running back has been the consensus favorite to win the prized Heisman trophy for the past few weeks, and it doesn’t look like anything will change anytime soon. Fournette has rushed for over 200 yards in three consecutive games and looks to be the first non-QB to win the Heisman since 2009.
2.) Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU (+1)
Stats: 1,802 passing yards, 19-3 TDs-INTs, 63% completion percentage, 242 rushing yards, 2 TDs
With 5 more passing TD passes, Boykin is now tied for the FBS lead with 19 passing TDs. He has led a top 5 TCU team to an undefeated record and strengthens his Heisman campaign week after week with wins and big performances.
3.) Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State (+1)
Stats: 729 rushing yards, 7.2 yards per rush, 8 TDs, 63 receiving yards
With a career game where he ran for 274 yards, the most in school history, Ezekiel Elliot strengthened his Heisman campaign as he the #1 Buckeyes to a victory avoiding a conference upset. If Elliot can put together more big performances like this, he may be able to provide legitimate competition with Fournette.
4.) Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia (-2)
Stats: 745 rushing yards, 8.1 yards per rush, 7 TDs, 32 receiving yards, 1 TD
Despite his 13th consecutive 100 yard performance, Nick Chubb slips in my Heisman Watch due to a big loss Georgia suffered. He slightly edges Elliot’s production, yardage wise, but the Heisman isn’t just about stats. Had Chubb been able to lead his team to a big win, he’d be right behind Fournette. In Georgia’s loss, Chubb broke Herschel Walker’s school record for most consecutive 100 yard rushing games.
5.) Seth Russell, QB, Baylor (NR)
Stats: 1,281 passing yards, 19-5 TDs-INTs, 63% completion percentage, 172 rushing yards, 3 TDs
The 5th spot in my Heisman watch was up for grabs. As much as I like Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma, he is slightly edged by Seth Russell this week due to Russell’s performance against Texas Tech and his importance to my #2 team in the country. Russell and Mayfield are neck and neck at this point, however.