Updated: September 27, 2016, 7:49 AM ET

ESPN Experts' Poll

Sept. 27, 2016
Name Position School Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Soph. 10 0 0 0 0 50
Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford Jr. 0 10 0 0 0 40
J.T. Barrett QB Ohio State Jr. 0 0 7 2 0 25
Donnel Pumphrey RB San Diego State Sr. 0 0 1 4 1 12
Greg Ward Jr. QB Houston Sr. 0 0 1 2 4 11
Deshaun Watson QB Clemson Jr. 0 0 0 2 1 5
Jabrill Peppers LB Michigan Jr. 0 0 1 0 1 4
Patrick Mahomes II QB Texas Tech Jr. 0 0 0 2 2
Myles Garrett DL Texas A&M Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 1

ESPN experts: Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Brian Bennett, Rece Davis, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Ted Miller, Mark Schlabach, Mitch Sherman and Jake Trotter

Tracking the Candidates

Sept. 27, 2016
Jackson made it look easy as usual in a win over Marshall, throwing for 417 yards and five scores in one half of action. He's back on the big national stage this week when his Cardinals face No. 5 Clemson. If Jackson outduels Deshaun Watson and takes down the defending ACC champs on Saturday, he could definitely hold onto this No. 1 spot for the next four or five weeks
WEEK 4 AT MARSHALL
PASSING
YDSTDINTCMP%QBR
4175154.577.7
 
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
6225.2
2016 SEASON
PASSING
YDSTDINTCMP%QBR
133013358.793.7
 
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
526128.6
UCLA's defense loaded up to stop McCaffrey and mostly succeeded, holding him to 138 yards and keeping him out of the end zone. Of course, McCaffrey has set the bar so high for himself and so consistently leaped over it that a 138-yard day is somehow considered disappointing.
WEEK 4 AT UCLA
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
13805.3
 
RECEIVING
RECYDSYPRTD
2136.50
2016 SEASON
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
43635.5
 
RECEIVING
RECYDSYPRTD
121199.91
Barrett held steady in our Heisman Watch voting after a bye week. He'll get two easier tune-up games to start Big Ten play -- against Rutgers and Indiana -- before a big showdown with No. 8 Wisconsin in Madison on Nov. 15.
WEEK 3 AT OKLAHOMA
PASSING
YDSTDINTCMP%QBR
1524070.086.0
 
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
7404.4
2016 SEASON
PASSING
YDSTDINTCMP%QBR
65010167.167.4
 
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
15934.1
The nation's leading rusher is a full 50 yards per game ahead of McCaffrey and every over back in college football and ranks second in rushing TDs among all FBS running backs despite playing just three games. After a bye, Pumphrey should get back to putting up monster numbers against South Alabama.
WEEK 3 AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
22039.6
 
RECEIVING
RECYDSYPRTD
1-30.00
2016 SEASON
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
59978.2
 
RECEIVING
RECYDSYPRTD
9677.40
Ward led Houston to scores on eight straight drives before calling it a day early in the third quarter of a 64-3 win at Texas State. He said his shoulder felt fine after the game, too, which is important. Next up is the big revenge game against UConn, the only team that defeated UH in 2015.
WEEK 5 VS. CONNECTICUT
PASSING
RATYDSTDINTCMP%
196.33893084.2
 
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
6525.4
2016 SEASON
PASSING
YDSTDINTCMP%QBR
9365265.784.8
 
RUSHING
YDSTDYPC
11332.2

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