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Heisman Watch: Can Justin Fields catch Joe Burrow?

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Joe Burrow remains No. 1 in our latest rankings. Justin Fields checks in at No. 2, but he has a steep hill to climb to catch Burrow.

Throughout the season, ESPN.com writers will vote for their top Heisman candidates.

To get the final rankings, we use the following methodology: 10 voters, five votes each. Points system: five points for first-place votes, four points for second-place votes, three points for third-place votes, two points for fourth-place votes and one point for fifth-place votes.

Voters: Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Kyle Bonagura, Bill Connelly, Heather Dinich, David M. Hale, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Adam Rittenberg, Mark Schlabach


Total points: 49 (first-place votes: 9)

Notable: Burrow threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday’s win over Texas A&M, and this season has broken the LSU single-season record for yards and touchdown passes. Burrow’s 44 TD throws tied the SEC’s single season mark, too.

Quotable: “Joe’s meant a lot to Louisiana and Louisiana is very proud of LSU football,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said. “The guy’s been phenomenal.”


Total points: 30 (first-place votes: 0)

Notable: Fields came up big against Michigan, tossing for four TDs and coming back into the game after briefly leaving due to a knee injury. On the season, he’s thrown 37 TDs and just one interception.

Quotable: “You talk about tough, wow. I’ve never been around a tougher quarterback than [Fields],” OSU head coach Ryan Day said.


Total points: 26 (first-place votes: 1)

Notable: Young had two QB hurries against Michigan, and has 16.5 sacks on the season — which leads FBS and is an Ohio State single-season record.

Quotable: “He’s having a phenomenal season and is the clear top prospect in the class.” — ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.


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Jalen Hurts does it all, as he runs in for a 28-yard touchdown, hauls in a 4-yard TD and throws a 3-yard score as the Sooners win Bedlam.

Total points: 23 (first-place votes: 0)

Notable: Against rival Oklahoma State, Hurts threw for a TD, rushed for one and caught another in the Sooners’ win Saturday. He also threw for 163 yards and rushed for 63 more.

Quotable: “Now Hurts has made progress with his arm. There’s no question he has improved as a passer.” — Mel Kiper Jr.

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Total points: 8 (first-place votes: 0)

Notable: Taylor ran for two TDs and caught another in a win over Minnesota, and now has 25 touchdowns on the season and is second in FBS in rushing yards.

Quotable: “Taylor is instinctive between the tackles, and he displays patience and then makes defenders miss with his burst.” — ESPN’s Todd McShay


Total points: 6 (first-place votes: 0)

Notable: Against Oklahoma, Hubbard rushed for 104 yards, his 10th straight game rushing for more than 100 yards. His 1,936 yards on the season are the second-highest total in Oklahoma State history.

Quotable: “I thought he had a little room early,” OU head coach Lincoln Riley said. “We made some adjustments as the game went on. I thought our defensive line was very disruptive cleaning running lanes. The few times he did get loose, I felt we did a good job of bringing him down to the ground, and we didn’t let him pop a big one.”


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Trevor Lawrence throws for 295 yards and three touchdowns in Clemson’s 38-3 victory over South Carolina.

Total points: 5 (first-place votes: 0)

Notable: In a blowout win over South Carolina, Lawrence tossed for 295 yards and three touchdowns. He also completed an ACC record-tying 18 straight throws, and rushed for 66 yards.

Quotable: “Man,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said he told Lawrence, “it’s just so much fun watching you play quarterback.”


Total points: 2 (first-place votes: 0)

Notable: In a big win over Michigan, Dobbins ran for four TDs and 211 yards, and inched closer to 1,700 yards rushing on the season.

Quotable: “Dobbins is a home run hitter.” — Mel Kiper Jr.


Total points: 1 (first-place votes: 0)

Notable: Huntley threw for two TDs and 165 yards to help Utah improve to 11-1 on the season going into the Pac-12 championship game.

Quotable: “We started out slow, but we handled business.” — Huntley

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