When you beat a conference foe, 52-3, you’re bound to get even more attention across the college football world than you did previously. Already considered one of the best teams in the country, that’s exactly what happened for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The scarlet and gray already jumped up one spot to No. 3 in the latest AP Poll, but that’s not all. As his team did, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields also climbed one spot to No. 3 in ESPN’s latest Heisman Watch, moving ahead of Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor. It just so happens that the Buckeyes and Badgers are set to play each other this weekend.
Notable: Fields continues to put up huge numbers for the No. 3 Buckeyes. Against Northwestern, he recorded at least four total TDs for the sixth time in seven games this season. This time, he passed for 194 yards and four TDs.
Quotable: “I think we feel good about the way we came out coming off the bye week — with energy, starting fresh and just refocused on all the things that matter within the program.” — Ohio State coach Ryan Day
In the rout over Northwestern this past weekend, Fields made it look quite easy while leading the offense, completing 18-of-23 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns. With Taylor’s Badgers getting upset by Illinois paired with Fields doing well once again, it was inevitable that the quarterback would jump the running back in the rankings.
Fields might be a bit behind Burrow, Hurts, and Tagovailoa in the rankings, but if he can continue to lead the Buckeyes to wins, it might only be a matter of time until he is a top-three candidate. Keep in mind, finishing in the top-three of the Heisman voting is key because three players are invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
Given the type of player and person Fields is this was expected, but while talking to the media on Wednesday, the quarterback reiterated that he doesn’t care about personal awards or accomplishments, all he is worried about are national championships.
Justin Fields said he doesn’t care about any personal accomplishments, only national titles at Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/adndqF61r0
— Wyatt Crosher (@wcrosher) October 23, 2019
While Fields is helping lead Ohio State, Burrow is doing the same down in the Bayou. After making his debut atop the Heisman rankings last week, the former Buckeye and current LSU quarterback keep the top spot again this week. His climb is truly incredible and it’s the reason the Tigers are dominating offensively. Burrow has gone from an average quarterback to one that is not only the favorite to win the Heisman as it currently stands, but could be a top-five pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as well.
Down in Alabama, Tagovailoa will miss at least this week’s game after tearing a ligament in his ankle when his ankle got stuck under him during a routine tackle. If he misses more than a week or two, it could not only greatly affect the Crimson Tide, but Tua’s standing in the Heisman race as well.
Bovada‘s top Heisman Trophy odds:
Some key things to notice in the odds: