Helping lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to a dominant 34-10 win over then-No. 25 Michigan State, you’d think that Justin Fields would either stay put or rise among the Heisman Trophy contenders. When you add in that he finished the game having completed 17-of-25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 11 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown on the ground and is now the only player in the country to have both a passing and rushing touchdown in each game so far this season.
Fields continued to impress, but with the Wisconsin Badgers making it look easy against Kent State and Jonathan Taylor rushing for 186 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries while also adding three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown, the running back was bound to climb in the rankings. Unfortunately for Fields, that means that he fell one spot, dropping back to No. 5 once again in ESPN’s latest Heisman Watch:
Notable: Fields’ three TDs — two through the air and one on the ground — helped Ohio State beat Michigan State and move into a tie for No. 3 in the AP poll. He now has 26 TDs through his first six career college starts for the undefeated Buckeyes.
Quotable: “I think we showed flashes, but we weren’t really consistent the whole game on the offensive side,” Fields said. “If we get better at that and more consistent about that, I think we’ll definitely be one of the best offenses in the country.”
Although he is back in the fifth spot, Fields can certainly rise in the rankings as long as he continues to develop and at least play the way he has been so far this season. Whether it’s through the air or with his ability to make plays with his legs, the quarterback will only get better as he gains more experience.
With the list getting trimmed down to six after there were five players that received votes last week, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young did not make the list this time around after receiving one vote last week. It doesn’t mean that he had a bad game, but we all know that the Heisman Trophy is pretty much a quarterback’s award unless some other position has an incredible season. A player on defense basically has no chance of winning it. There’s a reason five of the six players listed are quarterbacks.
Bovada‘s top-10 Heisman Trophy odds:
Some key things to notice in the odds: