12up Logo12up Logo

Heisman Power Rankings After Week 2

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 07:  Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
LSU v Texas | Tim Warner/Getty Images

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

CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up ahead of their game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Memorial Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Texas A&M v Clemson | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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

COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 31:  Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes completes a pass to K.J. Hill #14 of the Ohio State Buckeyes for a first down in the third quarter against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Ohio Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Florida Atlantic 45-21.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Florida Atlantic v Ohio State | Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

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

CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA - SEPTEMBER 07: Roney Elam #27 of the Texas A&M Aggies tries to stop Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Texas A&M v Clemson | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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

MADISON, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers scores a touchdown past Norman Anderson #16 of the Central Michigan Chippewas in the first quarter at Camp Randall Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Central Michigan v Wisconsin | Dylan Buell/Getty Images

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

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the New Mexico State Aggies in the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
New Mexico State v Alabama | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - AUGUST 31: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up prior to the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Tiger Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
Georgia Southern v LSU | Marianna Massey/Getty Images

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

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 07: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to throw against the South Dakota Coyotes at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Coyotes 70-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
South Dakota v Oklahoma | Brett Deering/Getty Images

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.