Week 6 of college football marks halfway through the season for the majority of teams in the country and for a lot of these Heisman hopefuls, the stat-padding portion of the schedule has come to an end. With conference play heating up and an abundance of games left to play in top-heavy conferences, here’s where Partika Post has Heisman candidates ranked:
1. Tua Tagovailoa (Quarterback, Alabama)
Passing Yards: 1,495
It’s simple. The man throws around 16 passes a game, scores touchdowns, doesn’t turn the ball over, and wins football games. His QBR is not only the top in the country, but it’s on pace to put him at the top all-time (and it’s not even close). He doesn’t play in the fourth quarter and he has the big-play effect of just about any player in the country. The bulk of his schedule is yet to come with LSU and Auburn (and probably Georgia), but Alabama (and Tua) can probably afford a loss and still remain the favorites for the title and the Heisman trophy.
2. Dwayne Haskins (Quarterback, Ohio State)
Passing Yards: 1,919
It’s hard to make a case against Haskins, who is the only player in the country to rank in the top 5 in QBR (5th), passing yards (3rd), and touchdowns (1st). He throws dimes out of the pocket and looks to be the best quarterback Ohio State’s had . . . ever. He’s statistically proficient and continually acts as the coach on the field for Urban Meyer. He’s maneuvered through TCU and Penn State, but his touchdown count will have to outweigh Tua’s efficiency for him to be holding the Heisman at the end of the season.
3. Kyler Murray (Quarterback, Oklahoma)
Passing Yards: 1,764
If he runs through the Big XII the way he has so far, Mr. Do-It-All for Oklahoma will put himself in great position to be a finalist come December. His speed, mobility, and running ability (5 rushing touchdowns) make him the most versatile quarterback of the bunch. He looks poised to have another shot at Texas if he wins out, which could push him over the edge with a win in the Big XII title game.
4. Laviska Shenault Jr. (Wide Receiver, Colorado)
Receiving Yards: 708
It’s hard to really determine how good Colorado and Shenault could be in the Pac-12, but the season is just starting. Shenault is the go-to man for the Buffaloes every time he steps on the field. He has at least 1 touchdown in every game this season and averages 10.2 receptions per game. He’s had at least 10 receptions and over 120 yards in every game this season outside of Colorado’s blowout win over New Hampshire. If these numbers continue, he can be in the Heisman conversation with any player of any position.
5. Will Grier (Quarterback, West Virginia)
Passing Yards: 1,819
At this point in the season, Grier is the 4th best quarterback in the Heisman race due to the godly numbers of Tagovailoa, Haskins, and Murray. Regardless, he has thrown for almost more yards than anyone in the country with one less game (NC State was canceled) and he has 21 touchdowns. He’s been playing good football and winning games, but Texas, TCU, and Oklahoma loom in November. If he can put a shortage to his interceptions (3 against Kansas) and prove his name belongs in the conversation, he could have West Virginia playing for a spot in the playoff.