Josh Rosen (QB – UCLA) ML + 2500
Why we think Rosen will win the Heisman:
Don’t call it a comeback. However, the 2015 freshman All-American QB Josh Rosen is coming back from a shoulder surgery that cut his 2016 season short. For UCLA, the Bruins are coming off their worst season (4-8) by far under Head Coach Jim Mora. Picked to finish third or fourth in the PAC-12 South Division, the 2017 Bruins come in underrated, unappreciated and undervalued. Let’s not forget, UCLA has done an incredible job recruiting (top-25 each of the last four years including a number of 5 star recruits according to Rivals.com). Last year, Lamar Jackson and Louisville came from outside the preseason Heisman hype and as a team outside the top-25 to become a Heisman winner and at one point, a top-5 ranked team. This season, Rosen and UCLA is in position to do the same. A potential #1 draft pick, Josh Rosen could live up the hype that preceded his Sophomore year and take home Heisman glory, but let’s not call it a comeback quite yet.
Big Games on Tap*:
9/3 UCLA v. Texas A&M
9/23 UCLA @ #14 Stanford
10/28 UCLA @ #7 Washington
11/3 UCLA @ #25 Utah
11/18 UCLA @ #3 USC
*Rankings come courteous of the College Coaches Poll
Why we don’t think Rosen will win the Heisman:
The hype that once surrounded Josh Rosen has subsided. Now Rosen is arguably the 4th best college quarterback in his own conference (S. Darnold-USC, J. Browning-UW, L. Falk-WSU) and that’s just the PAC-12. Rosen and UCLA would need a flawless season both in wins, stats and most importantly – health. It certainly doesn’t help matters that UCLA’s four toughest games in the PAC-12 are all on the road.