With four of the top five teams in college football inactive last week, and the only active one of that group (Clemson) beating up on an FCS team, there wasn't too much movement in the top of the 2019 Heisman Trophy rankings. However, the debate for the top spot remains as intense as ever, as at least four players have a legit claim for college football's ultimate award.
6. Ohio State RB JK Dobbins
The Ohio State running back narrowly beat out Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard and Oregon's Justin Herbert to nab the final spot on this list. Only Hubbard and Boston College's AJ Dillon have more rushing yards than Dobbins' 1,110, and his nine touchdowns further cement that he's right up there with Jonathan Taylor in the debate for the best running back in college football. Dobbins will make a pro team very happy next year, but he has a shot to win some major hardware before this season is over.
5. Ohio State QB Justin Fields
Buckeyes fans better be thankful that Fields had his transfer waiver request approved, because he has been nothing short of marvelous this season. Fields has thrown just one interception on the season, but has found the end zone 33 times (24 passing touchdowns, nine rushing touchdowns). As long as No. 1 is locked in behind center, the Buckeyes should be considered the class of the Big Ten and a team that is capable of winning a title, with Fields at the center of it all.
4. Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
Tua missed a perfect opportunity to pad his stats against Chad Morris' lowly Arkansas side thanks to an ankle injury, but Tagovailoa should still remain in the thick of the Heisman race, even if he loses to LSU. Tua still has 27 passing TDs and just two interceptions on the season, and Alabama's team success should be a huge feather in Tagovailoa's cap when voting season comes around. If his ankle permits him, Tua will be a Heisman finalist.
3. Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts
Hurts and his stock took a major step backwards when the Sooners fell to Kansas State, but his gaudy production should keep Lincoln Riley's dream of coaching three straight Heisman winners alive. Hurts has 21 touchdowns through the air this year, to go along with 801 rushing yards and 13 scores on the ground. His production is unmatched across college football, and he'll probably end up in New York, provided the wheels don't fall off in Norman.
2. Ohio State DE Chase Young
After Ndamukong Suh was robbed of his Heisman in 2009, we've been collectively waiting for a defensive player that could equal Charles Woodson's historic feat in 1997. Tyrann Mathieu and Manti Te'o had their chances, but Young has the best case of all of them. The future Top 5 pick is leading the country with 13.5 sacks, and he completely destroyed one of the best offensive lines in the country in the Wisconsin game. As long as Ohio State stays in the national title conversation, Young will get his fair share of Heisman love.
1. LSU QB Joe Burrow
Burrow's accuracy is already at a historic level, and he has done nothing except torch the best defenses in the country. With a 78% completion percentage and 30 touchdowns, Burrow trails only Washington State's Anthony Gordon in passing yards this season. The driving force behind the No. 1 and undefeated LSU Tigers, Burrow will look to cement himself as the favorite and put LSU in pole position for a title...if he can take down Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama in Tuscaloosa.