Welcome to our weekly Heisman watch for the 2020 college football season. Throughout the season, the authors of ESPN.com will vote for their top candidates for the Heisman Trophy.
To obtain the final evaluation, we use the following methodology: 12 voters, five votes each. Points system: five points for first place, four points for second place, three points for third place, two points for fourth place and one point for fifth place.
The voters: Bill Connally, Heather Dinich, David M. Hale, Sam Khan Jr, Chris Law, Harry Liles Jr, Ryan McGee, Adam Rittenberg, Alex Scarborough, Mark Slabah, Tom Vanharen, Dave Wilson…
Total points: 53 (first place: 6/12)
It’s remarkable: Jones lost 385 yards and four touchdowns to win LSU on Saturday. It was a charming but typical Bum-QB show. His QBR 96.3 remains the best in the FBS this season.
I’m quoting: It’s hard to say how well Steve Sarkisian is handling this crime now. Mac Jones is a favorite for the Heisman Trophy, and now DeVonte Smith is for the votes. — Alex Scarborough
Heisman’s chances: -110
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Total score: 53 (first place: 5/12)
It’s remarkable: Trask followed Jones’ pace in the Battle of Heisman and threw 433 yards and four TDs for the victory over Tennessee. Another regular season game has yet to come before Trask and Jones play their first game of the season on the 19th. December against each other in the SEC championship.
I’m quoting: It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Kyle Trask helped rejuvenate the alligator program by putting a star in the spotlight to bring Florida back into the SEC championship game. — Chris Lowe
Heisman’s chances: -110
Total score: 27 (first place: 0)
It’s remarkable: Lawrence played a convincing game in a major Tiger victory over Virginia Tech – he threw for TD and ran for two more, but he still has a hill to climb to break Jones and Trask.
I’m quoting: With the big games ahead of the boys, his chances of getting Heisman seem to be getting smaller. On the other hand, Dashon Watson was one of the top three in two votes. He didn’t win, but in the end he got better equipment. — David Hale
Heisman’s chances: +1400
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Trevor Lawrence of Clemson scored three touchdowns, two on the ground and one in the air, in Clemson’s dominant 45-10 victory over Virginia Tech.
Total score: 24 (first place: 1/12)
It’s remarkable: Since the Crimson Tide has many ways to attack, it’s easy to overlook Smith. But after the LSU show on Saturday it would have been difficult – Smith made eight shots of 231 meters and three touchdowns.
I’m quoting: It was clearly a shame to see the man go 200 yards in one half, USL coach Ed Orgeron said of the game.
Heisman’s chances: +3000
The total number of points in brackets: Justin Fields, Ohio QB (9); Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame (6); Naji Harris, RB, Alabama (3); Jareth Patterson, RB, Buffalo (2); Bris Hall, RB, Iowa (1); Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (1).