Updated: October 4, 2015, 1:53 PM ET
ESPN Experts' Poll
Oct. 6, 2015
|Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State||Jr.||0||3||2||1||2||22|
|Myles Garrett||DE||Texas A&M||So.||0||0||1||2||0||7|
ESPN experts: Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Brian Bennett, Rece Davis, Travis Haney, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Ted Miller, Mark Schlabach and Jake Trotter
Tracking the Candidates
Oct. 6, 2015
Fournette was a unanimous No. 1 in Heisman Watch balloting after becoming the first player in SEC history to rush for 200 yards in three consecutive games. Next up is South Carolina, which ranks 75th in the country in rushing defense (170 yards per game) and gave up 159 yards to Georgia's Nick Chubb on Sept. 20.
Boykin moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 in Heisman Watch balloting after his attention-grabbing performance against Texas on Saturday. This week's opponent is Kansas State, which was gutted by Boykin on the ground (17 carries, 123 yards, 3 TD) in last season's 41-20 TCU win.
Indiana took OSU to the wire, but the Hoosiers had absolutely no answer for Elliott, who scored on runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards in lifting the top-ranked Buckeyes to an 18th consecutive win. Elliott ranks in the top-10 nationally in rushing yards (145.8 per game), rushing TDs (8) and all-purpose yards (161 per game).
Chubb fell from No. 2 to No. 4 in Heisman Watch balloting despite another good statistical day, underscoring the close relationship between Heisman candidacy and team performance. This week's opponent, Tennessee, held Chubb to 32 yards on 11 carries Sept. 27, 2014.
Garrett helped shut down the Mississippi State offense in Saturday's win, logging seven tackles, two tackles for losses, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass deflection as Texas A&M moved to 5-0. Despite constant double-teams, Garrett ranks third nationally with 7.5 sacks.
Recent Heisman Trophy Winners
|2013||Jameis Winston||Florida State|
|2012||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M|
|2006||Troy Smith||Ohio State|