Editor’s Note: Since publication, Chase Young has been suspended for the Maryland game due to what is being reported as a minor NCAA infraction due to a loan taken from a friend. There is a possibility more comes about from this story and it affects Young’s Heisman chances or that it is a blip during his run — think Cam Newton.
Even following their second bye week in four weeks, the Ohio State Buckeyes made plenty of headlines this week. The first of which was being named the No. 1-ranked team in the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time ever, with the new top 25 being released for the first time this past Tuesday. The second is with Chase Young somehow moving up in the Heisman Trophy race even though he which this past weekend’s college football games from the comfort of his own couch.
The defensive end moved from No. 3 to No. 2, jumping ahead of Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, in the ESPN’s latest Heisman Watch.
Notable: Young is now on the board for Heisman odds at Caesars Sportsbook. It took a little while, but the general public is finally noticing that he’s pretty darn good — and dominant (29 tackles and 13.5 sacks) for the undefeated Buckeyes.
Quotable: “I think he’s got a tremendous chance [to win the Heisman], especially because Ohio State is going to be on so many big stages.” — ESPN’s Paul Finebaum
While Young climbed one spot, Justin Fields remained at No. 5, much like he has been over the last few weeks. The quarterback has dominated for the Buckeyes but is seemingly not playing enough to put up the stats of the other quarterbacks ahead of him in the race due to Ohio State blowing out many of their opponents.
Notable: Like everyone above him on the list, Fields had the weekend off. Also like everyone above him, Fields has put up video-game numbers through 10 weeks of the season. He has thrown for 24 TDs with just one interception.
Quotable: “He just extends plays,” a defensive coordinator who faced Ohio State said. “All of a sudden, you get everybody covered, you’re blitzing, it doesn’t matter. He finds ways to extend the plays and make big plays with his legs and his arm.”
Although two Buckeyes remain in the race, J.K. Dobbins fell out of it, at least for now. The running back made his first appearance in the Heisman race last week. Even though that’s the case, it’s still quite impressive that the scarlet and gray have two of the top-five players in the Heisman Trophy race nonetheless. Their dominance has been key, and it’s the reason they are considered the top team in college football with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball.
Much like he has since taking the top spot a few weeks ago, former Buckeye and current LSU quarterback Joe Burrow remains atop the rankings. His Tigers have a huge test this weekend against No. 3, which will be the biggest game of the season to date. If Burrow dominates the Crimson Tide like he has much of the opposition so far this season, it might be tough for anyone to catch up to him in the race, but there’s still plenty of time left in the season for a player to prove their worth for the most prestigious individual trophy in college football.
Bovada‘s top-10 Heisman odds:
Some key things to notice in the odds: