When you’re the No. 1-ranked team in the country, you’re bound to have at least a player or two in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy. The fact that the Ohio State Buckeyes have two of the top-3 and three of the top-9 candidates is quite impressive, but it just goes to show how much they have dominated all season. They have not only been juggernaut-like on both offense and defense, but they have made it look easy against much of their schedule as well. Add in that they dominated Mich-Again in The Game, and, well, the college football world has continued to take notice of just how good this team is.
With their dominance, Chase Young, Justin Fields, and J.K. Dobbins are now all involved in the Heisman Trophy discussion. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow might have it locked up, but being invited to New York for the ceremony in itself is quite an accomplishment. All three Buckeyes have a chance to do just, as ESPN’s latest Heisman Watch shows us:
Fields continues to lead one of the best offenses in the country, all while making plays with his arm and legs while rarely ever turning the ball over. With his four-touchdown performance to help the Buckeyes dominate Michigan, the quarterback leapfrogged Young to get the No. 2 spot in the voting.
Notable: Fields came up big against Michigan, tossing four TD passes and coming back into the game after briefly leaving due to a knee injury. On the season, he’s thrown for 37 TDs and just one interception.
Quotable: “You talk about tough, wow. I’ve never been around a tougher quarterback than [Fields],” OSU head coach Ryan Day said.
Even after being suspended two games and not recording a single tackle against Michigan this past Saturday, Young is still No. 3 on the list, dropping one spot in place of his quarterback. That alone truly shows just how dominant he has been. While the stat sheet might show that the defensive end was nonexistent in The Game, it was simply because he was always double- or triple-teamed and even after times held to keep him away from the quarterback. He’s the most dominant player in college football. Heisman voters know that.
Notable: Young had two QB hurries against Michigan, and has 16.5 sacks this season — which leads FBS and is an Ohio State single-season record.
Quotable: “He’s having a phenomenal season and is the clear top prospect in the class.” — ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
Much like some of his other teammates, Dobbins has been consistent and dominant for the majority of the season. Finally, national analysts are beginning to take notice. While Fields and the passing attack have sure been very good for the Buckeyes, Dobbins and the rushing attack can’t (and shouldn’t) go unnoticed. The running back has consistently put up numbers all season, even if it is only in the first half of many games due to Ohio State blowing out their opponent. In the game against Michigan alone, Dobbins put up 260 yards and four touchdowns. Not bad.
Notable: In a big win over Michigan, Dobbins ran for four TDs and 211 yards, and inched closer to 1,700 yards rushing this season.
Quotable: “Dobbins is a home run hitter.” — Mel Kiper Jr.
The fact that the Buckeyes have three players in the Heisman race is an incredible feat. Don’t take this team or this dominance for granted.
Ohio State has already made it their mission to get their guys to New York as well. The Buckeyes aren’t just campaigning for one player, but all three: Fields, Young, and Dobbins.
Bovada‘s top Heisman odds:
Some key things to notice in the odds: