The top 3 on this week’s Heisman Watch have separated themselves from the rest of the pack. With no clear running back favorite, an injury to Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr., and no defensive standout that has the statistics to compete with the quarterbacks, these 3 historic seasons will continue to develop as November football is upon us.
1. Tua Tagovailoa (Quarterback, Alabama)
Passing Yards: 2,066
The Alabama quarterback came back from a knee injury to roll Tennessee last weekend on his way to raising his already historic QBR rating. He still has no interceptions and is running away as the best player in college football. He’s completing over 70% of his passes and has a bye week before a showdown with LSU.
2. Dwayne Haskins (Quarterback, Ohio State)
Passing Yards: 2,801
Haskins is also having a historic season at the quarterback position and is leading the nation in passing yards thanks to a school record 73 pass attempts in a loss at Purdue last Saturday. Defense and an inability to get a run game going costed the Buckeyes, but Haskins still threw for 470 yards. The bye week could not come at a better time for Columbus before they take on Nebraska and Michigan State to kick off November.
3. Kyler Murray (Quarterback, Oklahoma)
Passing Yards: 1,977
Oklahoma’s all-around weapon continues to be Kyler Murray at quarterback. He has the potential to lead Oklahoma back to the Big XII Championship game and continues to make plays with his legs (428 yards, 5 rushing touchdowns). His legs and completion percentage (72.3%) keep him up-to-par with Haskins and Tagovailoa in the Heisman race. These three look like the clear favorites to be named finalists.