The Big Ten in terms of Heisman conversation has so far boiled down to three players on two teams.
Let’s begin with the sensational sophomore from Wisconsin Jonathan ‘Touchdown’ Taylor, or JTT for the intrigue of 90’s kids out there. Taylor amassed 253 yards and three TD’s on Saturday against a team not exactly known for their elite run-stopping defense, the New Mexico Lobos. It’s clear that the Badgers want to showcase Taylor as much as possible and so far it’s working. JTT leads the nation in rushing yards (398), rushing TD’s (5), and 5th in rushing attempts (51). Looking back at Taylor’s outstanding freshman season, he’s well on his way to one-upping that year statistically, and he finished 6th in the Heisman then.
Two guys, one team, two different sides of the ball. The quarterback for The Ohio State Buckeyes has long been a Heisman contender. After all, it felt like JT Barrett had been suiting up since the early 2000’s. But Dwayne Haskins is the guy now and he is playing in expert mode to begin the 2018 season. So far Haskins has completed 79% of his passes for 546 yards and nine TD’s. His QB rating is 4th in the country. This upcoming Saturday will be Ohio State’s stiffest competition so far in this young 2018 season when they meet TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. TCU has a top-10 defense in terms of rushing and passing yards allowed. I assure you that does not make the Buckeyes nervous.
The other guy on the other side of the ball has a much more challenging route to the Heisman. A defensive player hasn’t won the Heisman since Charles Woodson (Woodson also returned punts and played WR) and for a defensive player to do so, it would take a monster season. Defensive End Nick Bosa is beginning to put together that type of monster season. So far Bosa has three sacks through two games and has been a nightmare for opposing offensive tackles, disrupting anything and everything that offenses have been trying to do. It’s a long shot but it’s not impossible for a defensive end to claim Heisman glory in 2018.