Heisman Watch calls out the weekend’s polarizing performances and how they impact the Heisman Trophy race.
Top Heisman-like Performances:
- Greg Ward Jr‘s performance Saturday came against a defense that ranked fifth in FBS last season in efficiency. Houston looked every ounce of their No. 15th rank today against Oklahoma. They will ride the ranks and remain in the limelight for the weeks to come. BTW, Tom Herman said Ward Jr. weighed 171 pounds against Florida State last year; 189 pounds for today’s game.
- Nick Chubb ran for 222 yards in his return from a gruesome knee injury and scored on a 55-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter to clinch the No. 18 Bulldogs’ 33-24 victory over No. 22 North Carolina.
- Louisville QB Lamar Jackson had himself a night on Thursday. Well, he actually only had himself a half. In the first half alone Jackson threw for 286 yards and six td’s and ran for 119 yards and 2 td’s. Yikes! A 56-0 score against the Charlotte team that, putting it politely, wasn’t quite equipped to handle the Cardinal offense.
- JT Barrett finishes 21-31 for 349 yards and 7 total TDs against Bowling Green. Barrett had the same number of TD’s today as Johnny Manziel has in his NFL career.
- Christian McCaffrey is on the board. Rushing for 126 yards and two TD’s is nice, but a 96 yard Houdini-esque punt return called back for a block in the back was the real play of the night. Despite the highlight reel, the All-American running back was held relatively in check. The two TD’s came from distances of 41 and 35 yards…respectively
- No. 2 Clemson, Deshaun Watson escape with 19-13 win over Auburn. Watson put together a couple of nice 4th qtr drives. He’s still got it. If you’re a Browns fan, I highly encourage watching as much Clemson & Deshaun Watson as you can this year. I promise, it will ease the pain.
- Leonard Fournette ran for his 138 yards (+31 yard pass). But once again, LSU didn’t create much around him. Fournette becomes the fourth Tiger in 3,000-yard career rushing club and suffers minor ankle injury against Wisconsin. (Les Miles, “I don’t think it’s an injury that’s going to keep him from playing.”)
- Trevor Knight, Texas A&M, threw for 239 yards and accounted for three TDs, including a 1-yard run in overtime to lead the Aggies to a 31-24 victory over No. 16 UCLA in his debut.
- Houston pulled off the first shocker of the season. This was at the expense of Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners.
- Hopes were high for Josh Rosen when UCLA opened at College Station today. The Bruins lost in overtime. No doubt, Rosen’s 3 interceptions left a bad taste in the mouth.