The race to New York has taken many turns this year, between injuries and huge performances, many different players have emerged as favorites. Going into an important Week 12, the time has come to make a statement in some of the biggest games of the year. Who is the favorite to take home the trophy in New York City come December 14th at 8pm ET/7pm CT? This will serve as the official Bluebloods’ Heisman Poll, so who do we think has a lead and who do we think may be on the outside looking in?
- Joe Burrow (QB; LSU)
78.6 comp% 3,687 yards passing 38 Tds 6 INTs
Joe Burrow has been the best player in college football this year and it has not been a race since about Week 5-6. The amount of progress this kid has made in one year is outrageous and I think it adds to his “Heisman Story,” which is necessary to have to win the award. Burrow had his “Heisman Moment” in a huge win in Tuscaloosa over Alabama, which completes his resume. Right now, Burrow has a big lead over the competition, but there are still 3 weeks of the season left and anything can happen.
- Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)
69.1 comp% 2,164 yards passing 31 Tds 1 INT 10 rushing TDs
Justin Fields has been extremely consistent for the Buckeyes and has led them to an undefeated record this season. This offense has been dominant and I think Justin Fields is the reason for the offensive explosion we have seen in Columbus this year. Only 1 interception this entire year (10 games) is absolutely absurd, because this team has played some tough games. If Fields continues his playmaking in big games against Penn State and Michigan, then Burrow may have some serious competition. The only knock on Fields’ resume is that he does not have a “Heisman Moment” yet, but he will have plenty of chances in the coming weeks.
- Jalen Hurts (QB, Oklahoma)
73% comp% 3,039 yards passing 28 Tds 5 INTs 15 rushing TDs
Jalen Hurts may have the best “Heisman Story” out of any candidate, but the loss to K-State really hurt his resume. I think the difference between Hurts and Fields is almost nothing; it may even be a tie. I gave the edge to Fields due to his consistency and leading the team to an undefeated record, but the race is not over. We saw Kyler Murray overtake Tua Tagovailoa last year in Championship Weekend, so I think Hurts still has a real shot. The comeback win over Baylor was reminiscent of Cam Newton when he led Auburn back from a 24-0 deficit in Tuscaloosa and this may serve as Hurts’ “Heisman Moment” and he still has a few chances.
- Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)
68.1% comp% 2,575 yards passing, 27 Tds, 8 INTs, 7 Tds rushing
Will Lawrence win the Heisman? Probably not, but he could play his way into a trip to New York. This past month (November) has been absolutely spectacular with Lawrence putting up 10 Tds, No INTs and a QB rating of over 210. If the roll continues then Lawrence could find himself with an outside shot at the award, but the tough early season stretch may have eliminated him from winning. A bigger negative to the resume is no “Heisman Moment” and with a weak schedule there may not be an opportunity to have that moment.
- Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon)
Stats: 69.6% comp% 2,662 yards passing 28 TDs 3 INTs
Herbert has had another impressive season as the QB for the Ducks, but has mostly stayed off the radar of many CFB fans. PAC-12 @ Dark is not for the average fan, but dedicated CFB fans have known about Herbert and most are extremely impressed. The knock on Herbert is his lack of gaudy statistics and lack of explosiveness. He missed a chance at his “Heisman Moment” against Auburn in Dallas in Week 1. A huge matchup with Utah looms ahead and that is the perfect opportunity for Herbert to remind the voters and average fans about who he is and why he deserves to be in New York.
Outside; Looking In:
- Chase Young (DE, Ohio State)
- Chuba Hubbard (RB, Oklahoma State)
- Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama)
- Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin)
- J.K. Dobbins (RB, Ohio State)