After his impressive comeback bid fell short, Kyler Murray’s bid took a slight hit as did Will Grier’s as he threw 3 picks. In the meantime Travis Etienne is emerging as a contender, and Sam Ehlinger could be on the verge of doing the same.
Others considered: QB Sam Ehlinger (Texas), WR Laviska Shenault (Colorado), RB Darrell Henderson (Memphis), DT Ed Oliver (Houston), QB Ian Book (Notre Dame), QB Eric Dungey (Syracuse), QB Gardner Minshew (Washington State), QB Jake Fromm (Georgia), QB Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), and QB D’Eriq King (Houston)
Dropped out: RB Benny Snell (Kentucky)
10. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin (Last Week NR)—If Taylor is to remain relevant in this race, he needs a big game against Michigan on Saturday. Despite playing in only 5 games, he is 3rd in the nation in rushing yards.
9. QB Justin Herbert, Oregon (Last Week #10)— Without a doubt, Herbert is an impressive player who looks like a future pro, but his candidacy is built on being the best in the west.
8. QB McKenzie Milton, UCF (Last Week NR)— He’s a winner, and UCF’s continued streak is keeping Milton a contender even though he’s well off-pace from last season’s performance.
7. QB Trace McSorley, Penn State (Last Week #6)— McSorley did not play last week but faces Michigan State on Saturday.
6. QB Ryan Finley, NC State (Last Week #9)— Finley has thrown for 300+ yards in 4 out of 5 games in what is shaping up to be a big step up from a strong 2017. Can he beat Clemson, though? This week’s key game will move him up the list or send him sliding back down.
5. RB Travis Etienne, Clemson (Last Week #7)— A remarkable 4 game stretch has Etienne 4th in rushing yards and TDs and 3rd in yards per attempt with 9.2. Clemson’s lack of marquee opponents is a strike against him, but he is increasingly formidable in this race.
4. QB Will Grier, West Virginia (Last Week #4)— After throwing 3 INTs against Kansas, Grier stands as a solid but distant 4th. If he wins the race, it’ll be because of an incredible November against the Big 12 gauntlet.
3. QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (Last Week #1)— Barring Texas’ final FG, Murray would likely top the list. The professional baseball player is second only to Tua in passer rating and yards per attempt, and #3 isn’t close in either category. The loss is a setback in a race against other Heisman-worthy competitors.
2. QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State (Last Week #3)— Haskins replaced one of the most decorated players in Ohio State’s storied history and is doing so with incredible success. He’s top 10 in completion percentage, passing yards, yards per attempt, passing TDs (#1), and rating.
1. QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (Last Week #2)— What Tua is doing in limited opportunities is, quite simply, astounding. He leads the nation in completion percentage, yards per attempt, and rating. At the end of the day, it might not matter that he may not have “moment” that came in a tight game.