With the Ohio State Buckeyes on a bye week, there’s not much that went on in Columbus last weekend other than the players and coaches getting to watch college football games from the comfort of their own couches. Even with Justin Fields not racking up any stats, he remained at No. 5 in ESPN’s latest Heisman Watch:
Notable: Fields and the undefeated Buckeyes were on a bye this week, but throughout the season OSU’s first-year starter has been masterful, accounting for 18 TDs and 1,298 yards. Oh, and he has 98 completions to just one interception.
Quotable: “Fields is the only first-year starter on this list, but he hasn’t looked like it. The Georgia transfer has made good decisions in Ryan Day’s offense, both with where to throw the ball and when to take off and run.” — ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg
There is a very familiar and likable name for Buckeye Nation now atop the list for the first time. After one heckuva first half of the season for current LSU quarterback and former Buckeye Joe Burrow, the gunslinger jumped Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa this week, taking over the top spot in the Heisman Watch by just one point and one first-place vote.
Outside of Burrow barely edging Tua, the top-five remained the same. Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb is a new addition this week, appearing in the rankings for the first time this season. If Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins (116 carries, 826 yards, si touchdowns; seven catches, 44 yards, one touchdown) continues to impress and the scarlet and gray continue to win, he might just find himself on the Heisman Watch as some point this season.
Whether he does or doesn’t, Fields and Dobbins seem to be a perfect 1-2 punch the Buckeyes backfield, one that the offense can lean on.
Bovada‘s top-10 Heisman Trophy odds:
Some key things to notice in the odds: