When you only play one half of football, it’s tough to keep up with the rest of the Heisman Trophy contenders in one week of football. That seems to be the case for Justin Fields. After leading the Ohio State Buckeyes to a dominate, 76-5, win over Miami (Ohio) this past Saturday, the quarterback returned to No. 5 in ESPN’s latest Heisman Watch, right where he was before moving up to No. 4 last week. Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor jumped Fields after his Badgers demolished Michigan Saturday afternoon.
Prior to being pulled at halftime, Fields completed 14-of-21 for 223 yards and four touchdowns. He also added nine carries for 36 yards and two touchdowns. All six of his touchdowns came in the second quarter, which is quite an incredible feat in itself.
Justin Fields is the first Ohio State quarterback with 6 TD responsible for in a quarter. pic.twitter.com/DuFOrf6UgR
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 21, 2019
Notable: It seems as though Justin Fields is scoring at least five touchdowns every week for the Buckeyes (technically, he’s at 19 through four games). On Saturday against Miami (Ohio), Fields continued his dominance, throwing for four TDs and rushing for two in OSU’s blowout win. And that was all in the first half.
Quotable: “It’s pretty awesome, it’s not fun to go against, but pretty awesome to see how many explosive athletes they got.” — Miami (Ohio) head coach Chuck Martin
Obviously, just a third of the way into the season, there’s still plenty of time for Fields to prove the type of quarterback he is and can be. After four straight blowouts to start the year, Fields and the Buckeyes will travel to Lincoln for their first road game of the season against Nebraska. They might not be ranked, but the Cornhuskers will give Ohio State a tough matchup. Not only for the first-road-game-of-the-season jitters, but Lincoln will be rocking with the game in primetime Saturday night. It will be up to Fields to keep the offense rolling.
With that said, while the competition might get tougher the rest of the season, Fields will only become more comfortable with the offense as the season rolls along. Add in the chemistry he will continue to gain with his wide receivers while developing under head coach Ryan Day and this offense could be really, really fun the rest of the way.
Burrow and Fields are the two players that I love in these rankings the most. If J.K. Dobbins continues his momentum while dominating on the field, Ohio State could have two current players and one former Buckeye in the Heisman Watch. Now that would be fun.
Bovada‘s top-10 2019 Heisman Trophy odds:
Some key things to notice in those Bovada odds: