Written by: Coleman Bahr – Staff Writer (@ColemanBahr)
Lamar Jackson- Louisville Cardinals (QB)
Lamar Jackson and Louisville had a much-needed week off after a prolific start to 2016. As for Lamar Jackson, he still holds lead in total touchdowns, Total Quarterback Rating, and rushing touchdowns, while ranking 10th in rushing yards. Louisville has a Friday game this week, and they should annihilate Duke at home coming off a bye week.
Deshaun Watson- Clemson Tigers (QB)
Deshaun Watson is back to doing Deshaun Watson things, and Clemson is back to doing Clemson things. After a slow start to 2016, Clemson has seemingly returned to their 2015 form, and they look ready to make a title run. Watson led the charge against Boston College last week, going 15 of 25 for 270 yards and four scores in the 56-10 victory. Clemson takes on North Carolina State this week who boast a strong 4-1 record, but their strength of schedule tells me that Clemson should win quite handily, and Watson should put on another show.
| Middle of the Pack
J.T Barrett- Ohio State Buckeyes (QB)
J.T Barrett’s Heisman stock slipped a little after a rough game against a mediocre Indiana squad. He completed just 9 of his 21 passes, accumulating only 93 yards, and a touchdown. However, he still saved himself with his legs with 137 yards rushing. Let’s see if Barrett can bounce back against eighth ranked Wisconsin, who rank 11th in total defense in terms of yards allowed.
| Rising Fast
Jake Browning- Washington Huskies (QB)
Jake Browning has slowly led Washington up the rankings, and his play has been phenomenal. Through 6 games this season he has 26 total touchdowns, good for third in the nation, and he ranks second in total QBR, only trailing Lamar Jackson. While some may question Washington’s strength of schedule, they have rolled over opponents in all but one occasion, including a 44-6 thrashing of Stanford, who was ranked seventh at the time. Washington has a chance to run the table with only one ranked opponent left on the schedule, and Browning is someone who should be in the Heisman talk every week from here on out.
Dalvin Cook- Florida State Seminoles (RB)
I don’t think anyone on FSU hates Miami more than Dalvin Cook, and it showed on Saturday. He had another stellar performance, posting 150 yards rushing, 59 yards receiving, and one touchdown to lead the way in FSU’s 20-19 victory. That was his third consecutive game of over 200 all-purpose yards, and he now ranks third in the FBS in rushing yards, and first among power five backs. Cook is also the top receiving back in the nation in terms of yards, posting 345 yards on 20 receptions.