2. WASHINGTON QB JAKE BROWNING
Jake Browning didn’t dazzle against a stout Utah defense last week, but he didn’t need to for the Huskies to win their most high-profile game to date. That’s enough to keep the Washington sophomore at No. 2 in the Heisman Top 10.
Browning went a modest 12-of-20 Saturday for 186 yards with an interception, and his streak of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown came to an end. He did, however, score a pair of touchdowns through the air to help keep Washington on pace for an undefeated regular season.
Browning might have the most to gain of any Heisman contender in the final month. The Huskies host a suddenly surging USC on Nov. 12 and draw Washington State in the regular-season finale, potentially for a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Add a hypothetical title game appearance, and Browning has three opportunities to make a huge splash.
Whether or not it’s a big enough splash to catch No. 1, well…
1. LOUISVILLE QB LAMAR JACKSON
Lamar Jackson remains a unanimous No. 1 across every tracked outlets’ rankings this week. While it seemed this final stretch wouldn’t provide many more opportunities for him to add to his resume, here comes a stiff challenge from ACC foe Virginia.
The Cavaliers’ early lead and game-long effort necessitated the kind of late-game takeover that cements a Heisman case. Down a point, Jackson led the Cardinals 75 yards for the go-ahead score.
It will take something dramatic for him to lose firm control on the top spot.