Two weeks into the college football season, and the Heisman Trophy favorites have already started to distance themselves from the common rabble. After a couple of upset wins and shocking chokes, these six are the best candidates for college football's ultimate individual prize.
7. Trevor Lawrence
Lawrence started the year as the betting favorite to win the Heisman, and he should hold that mantle until someone can unseat him. His numbers may not be as gaudy as others, but he had to go up against a conference foe in Georgia Tech and a ranked Texas A&M team. Once Lawrence kicks it into high gear, the rest of college football should be quaking in their boots.
6. Justin Fields
Fields has been as good as advertised through two games, having thrown for 458 yards and six touchdowns while adding three scores as a runner. The likes of Michigan and Michigan State will provide much more of a challenge defensively than Florida Atlantic or Cincinnati, but Ryan Day and Ohio State have to be feeling good about the direction they are heading in with Fields at the helm.
5. Travis Etienne
Etienne didn't have a spectacular Week 2 against a stingy Texas A&M defense, but he's still got 258 rushing yards and three TDs to go along with five receptions for 55 yards, which puts him ahead of his teammate Lawrence, who has thrown for 436 yards, two TDs and three picks.
4. Jonathan Taylor
Taylor leads all of college football with eight total touchdowns, three of which have come as a receiver in what has been an impressive show of improvement this season. While Wisconsin will need to win the Big Ten West for Taylor to have a legit shot at the trophy, he'll continue to be insanely productive all year long and will keep hanging around in the conversation.
3. Tua Tagovailoa
Tua has been electric to start the season, but there's only so much that one can pick up when that loaded Alabama offense goes up against schools like Duke and New Mexico State. While Will Muschamp and South Carolina will be at least a little bit more difficult to run up the score on, Tagovailoa and that offense should still have no problem moving the ball.
2. Joe Burrow
After looking very limited as a passer last year, Burrow has come out firing in 2019, throwing nine touchdowns in his first two games, four of which came in an amazing 45-point performance on the road in a win against Texas. As long as Burrow keeps throwing the way he has been and LSU keeps winning, he shouldn't be ruled out as a Heisman contender.
1. Jalen Hurts
Hurts struggled with downfield accuracy in his tenure as an Alabama quarterback, but seems to have no issues with that after arriving in Norman. Lincoln Riley has molded two straight Heisman winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, and Hurts could make it three in a row if he continues to light it up in Big 12 play.