Updated: September 27, 2016, 7:49 AM ET
ESPN Experts' Poll
Sept. 27, 2016
|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|
|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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent Heisman Trophy Winners
|2013||Jameis Winston||Florida State|
|2012||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M|
|2011||Robert Griffin III||Baylor|
|2006||Troy Smith||Ohio State|