What To Heisman Watch: Week 8


San Jose St. @ San Diego St.

Friday, 10:30 pm ET on ESPN2

The nations leading rusher Donnel Pumphrey and SDSU take on one of the worst run defenses in all of college football.  The last road game San Jose St played, New Mexico ran for 446 yards and five touchdowns.  #pray4SanJoseSt.

NC State @ #7 Louisville

Saturday, Noon ET on ABC

Lamar Jackson, Lamar Jackson, and Lamar Jackson.  That’s all the reason you need to tune in to this one.  If that’s not enough NC State will have played in consecutive weeks, Deshone Kizer, Deshaun Watson, DeLamar Jackson.  Brutal.  Thanks to the assistance of Hurricane Matthew, the Wolfpack held Kizer to just 54 yards passing.  They followed that up with sunshine and clear blue skies and a 378 yard passing game from Watson.  Jackson may see Watson’s total last week as a challenge.  If so, #pray4NCStateAgain

#22 North Carolina @ Virginia

Saturday, 3:00 pm ET on ACCNetwork

He’s not out of it yet.  Tar Heels QB Mitch Trubisky averages 295 passing yards per game.  Virginia gives up 281 yards per game through the air.  A big game Saturday and a winnable schedule going forward could land UNC in the ACC Conference Championship with a potential showdown against Lamar Jackson or Deshaun Watson.  From a passing perspective, Trubisky is having a better season than both those guys.  #TheBigTrubisky

Illinois @ #3 Michigan

Saturday, 3:30 pm ET on BTN

We need a Jabrill Peppers field goal attempt and we need it two weeks ago! #PutPeppersAtKicker

#6 Texas A&M @ #1 Alabama

Saturday, 3:30 pm ET on CBS

The biggest game of the weekend features a load of defensive stars and two quarterbacks trying to make a Heisman case for themselves.  Getting better each week, Crimson Tide QB Jalen Hurts is carrying a ton of momentum heading into the most important month on the Heisman calendar, November.  Having not played last week, Aggies QB Trevor Knight is the forgotten QB in the Heisman mix.  Quick reminder; Knight’s team is undefeated (6-0), he’s averaging 334 yards of total offense a game, he’s averaging three touchdowns a game and the last time an Aggies quarterback went into Tuscaloosa and beat the #1 ranked ‘Bama team, he won the Heisman.  #JohnnyManzielsMatter

Oregon State @ #5 Washington

Saturday, 6:30 pm ET on PAC-12

If Oregon State has a strength it’s in their pass defense.  The Beavers are giving up only 179.5 passing YPG and the 5th fewest passing touchdowns per game (0.7).  With that said Huskies QB Jake Browning is the best QB they will have faced this season.  Washington has had two weeks to prepare which can go one of two ways: they lost some momentum after scoring 35, 44, 70 points respectively in the three weeks prior to their bye or they are so prepared that Oregon State boards their bus and heads home at halftime.  #BrowningVsBeavers

#2 Ohio State @ Penn State

Saturday, 8:00 pm ET on ABC

If you haven’t seen Penn St. RB Saquon Barkley run the ball yet you are in for a treat because he’s tricks defenders thinking he’s going one way but then the other (see what I did there, trick-or-treat.  Halloween around the corner.  I digress).  Barkley is probably the most elusive back in college football which is an intriguing matchup for an Ohio State defense that’s talented, but did give up 164 yards last week to Wisconsin’s Corey Clement.  As for Ohio St., everything runs through QB J.T. Barrett.  Over 1,800 total yards and 22 total touchdowns, a prime-time game on a Saturday night is the best means to gain exposure for Heisman voters.  I’d expect the Buckeyes and the Heisman mad scientist Urban Meyer to make Barrett’s play a point of emphasis even more than usual.  Is that even possible?  #UrbanCreatesHeismansInALab

#16 Oklahoma @ Texas Tech

Saturday, 8:00 pm ET on FOX

OU’s Baker Mayfield vs. Tech’s Patrick Mahomes III!   I can say it right now, #pray4passdefense.  If these guys don’t combine for 1,000 yards passing and 100 points it will honestly be a letdown.

#23 Ole Miss @ #25 LSU

Saturday, 9:00 pm ET on ESPN

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly and LSU RB Leonard Fournette. This game was circled on the preseason Heisman calendar a looooooooooooooooong time ago.  #HeismanFavoritesAugust2016



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