What to Heisman Watch: Week 7


NC State @ #3 Clemson

Saturday, Noon on ABC

NC State has been surprisingly exceptional this year.  The Wolfpack’s only defeat came by way of a three-point loss.  Their RB Matt Dayes averages 112.6 yards per game rushing.  Their QB Ryan Finley has completed nearly 70% of his passes and has a 9:0 TD to turnover ration. They just beat Notre Dame.  Nevermind, everyone’s beating Notre Dame this year.

But you didn’t come here to read about NC State’s QB.  Clemson’s Deshaun Watson should see Louisville’s Lamar Jackson’s game last night as an opportunity to gain a lot of ground in the Heisman race.  The Heisman is all about momentum, not that Jackson lost any, but he didn’t separate himself any further with a lackluster night by his standards.  Lick your chops Watson, you have a big opportunity today.

Wake Forest @ #14 Florida St

Saturday, 3:30 pm ET on ESPN

Florida St. RB Dalvin Cook is finally living up to all the hype that surrounded him before the season.  In basically three phenomenal games of work, Cook is third in the country with 785 rushing yards and first in total yards from scrimmage with 1,130 yards.  After Wake Forest, the Seminoles are off for a week before they welcome Clemson to Tallahassee, FL.  Just when we thought his Heisman candidacy was dead, Cook is on the verge of resurrection before our very eyes.

#1 Alabama @ #9 Tennessee

Saturday, 3:30 pm ET on CBS

A win against Alabama makes all the pain go away.  Pain from losing a heart-breaker at Texas A&M last Saturday.  Pain turned to joy.  Joy turned to an exhalting surge in the Heisman polls.  Beating ‘Bama is no easy task but what it can do for your Heisman campaign is significant.  Last year Chad Kelly quickly jumped towards the top of Heisman discussion after beating ‘Bama last year.  Johnny Manziel basically won the Heisman on the field after Texas A&M beat the Tide at home.  Before that Cam Newton solidified his Heisman with a 28-27 victory over ‘Bama.  There are many paths to take to win a Heisman, one is going through Alabama.  Can Volunteers QB Josh Dobbs take that path today?

UNC @ #16 Miami (FL)

Saturday, 3:30 pm ET on ABC

Miami QB Brad Kaaya against UNC’s QB Mitch Trubisky.  Both these guys could quarterback the Heisman JV team.

#12 Ole Miss @ #22 Arkansas

Saturday, 7 pm ET on ESPN

The best two-loss team in the country, Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly is averaging 319.2 passing yards per game on the season.  Good by most standards, great by SEC standards.  Still alive in the SEC run, the Rebels can continue to gain national attention with a big win against a tough opponent in the Razorbacks.

Tulsa @ #13 Houston

Saturday, 7 pm ET on ESPN2

#pray4Tulsa.  Houston should be mad.  Greg Ward Jr. should be hungry.  I’ll say it again, #pray4Tulsa tonight.

#2 Ohio State @ #8 Wisconsin

8:00 pm ET on ABC

The Badgers give up only 12.2 ppg on defense.  The Buckeyes average 53.2 ppg on offense.  Something’s gotta give.  For JT Barrett to really improve his Heisman stock he’ll need to do more than just beat Wisconsin.  Barrett needs to prove on a national stage that he every bit the dynamic dual-threat quarterback that Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson is.




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