An up and down college football weekend created a 5-man race near the top for the Heisman trophy. 5 quarterbacks on 5 teams that are hoping for a College Football Playoff berth are vying for a not only a spot in the final four, but atop college football hierarchy.
1. Tua Tagovailoa (Quarterback, Alabama)
Passing Yards: 2,361
Touchdowns-to-Interceptions: 27:1, 3 rushing TD
Through 9 games, Tua’s QBR has still remained nothing short of spectacular. It took him until last Saturday against LSU to throw an interception, but Alabama’s shutout win in Baton Rouge should prove that they are not only the best team, but Tua is – at the moment – the best quarterback.
Next game: vs #18 Mississippi State (CBS, 3:30 PM)
2. Kyler Murray (Quarterback, Oklahoma)
Passing Yards: 2,689
Touchdowns-to-Interceptions: 31:5, 7 rushing TD
Murray has been keeping stride with Tagovailoa with the same exact QBR rating. If he can win a Big XII title and overcome Oklahoma’s defensive struggles, he will have a very high chance of giving the Sooners back-to-back Heisman trophy winners (Baker Mayfield 2017). The difference between Murray and the other quarterbacks is his legs, rushing for 100 yards in a classic shootout against Texas Tech.
Next game: vs Oklahoma State (ABC, 3:30 PM)
3. Dwayne Haskins (Quarterback, Ohio State)
Passing Yards: 3,053
Haskins struggled heavily to get the ball to his wide receivers in Saturday’s close win against Nebraska. He is still outthrowing Murray and Tagovailoa (FBS 3rd in passing yards) and he leads the nation with Hawai’i quarterback Cole McDonald for passing touchdowns (32). If Ohio State could have a 2014-esque turnaround to their offense, Haskins would have a strong case – but he’s running out of time.
Next game: at Michigan State (FOX, 12:00 PM)
4. Gardner Minshew (Quarterback, Washington State)
Passing Yards: 3,517
Touchdowns-to-Interceptions: 27:7, 2 rushing TD
Minshew leads the nation in passing yards and has over 1,000 more yards than Tagovailoa. His stock rises by the Saturday and he is making a strong case for the Pac-12’s playoff hopes. He also has thrown for over 300 yards (5 400-yard games) in every game this season.
Next game: at Colorado (ESPN, 3:30 PM)
5. Will Grier (Quarterback, West Virginia)
Passing Yards: 2,618
Touchdowns-to-Interceptions: 28:7, 1 rushing TD
Grier led the Mountaineers to a win against Texas and now has complete control in the Big XII. WVU could face off against Oklahoma in back-to-back weeks thanks to the round robin nature of the conference, which would have big Heisman implications with Murray on the other sideline.
Next game: vs TCU (FS1, 12:00 PM)