2. OHIO STATE QB J.T. BARRETT
J.T. Barrett ascending to No. 2 surprised me a bit — in part because only one media outlet ranks him that high individually, USA Today. However, he’s collectively a Top 3 option, which inched him past Ward and Watson for the second spot on this week’s forecast.
Barrett’s services were not needed much against overmatched Rutgers. He didn’t score a rushing touchdown, and hasn’t in almost a month with the Buckeyes fulfilling their bye Week 4. However, he had his third game of at least four passing scores, and has matched Lamar Jackson in that category with one game less to his credit.
Ohio State gets Indiana this Saturday, with the Hoosiers fresh off a milestone win over Michigan State. The Indiana defense is vulnerable, so look for Barrett to rack up some big numbers.
1. LOUISVILLE QB LAMAR JACKSON
Not since Rocky Balboa has someone proven so much in defeat. Lamar Jackson buried Florida State and Syracuse in Louisville’s first two ACC contests, but his valiant effort in leading the Cardinals back from a three-score deficit Week 5 vs. Clemson made the quarterback’s strongest Heisman case of the season.
Jackson scored three touchdowns and racked up nearly 500 yards of offense against one of the nation’s most talented defenses.
He’s currently on pace to rush for 34 touchdowns on the season. That alone would land any player in the Heisman presentation, but add he’s on pace to pass for the same number, and Louisville athletics might be safe booking a hotel room in Manhattan for the second weekend of December.