Heisman Hopefuls: Week 6

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It's that time again! Let's check in with the 2018 Heisman Trophy race courtesy of Heisman Hopefuls!

Not much has changed, as the Heisman scene is still dominated by quarterbacks. There's a ton of passers blowing up the country right now, several of which just missed in consideration for this week's update. For now, familiar faces continue to pace the field, although they're in a different order than the last time we saw them.

Happy Trails!

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin (Previously: 4th)

Listen, it isn't exactly like Taylor has done anything to play himself out of consideration for the 2018 Heisman Trophy. He's rushed for over 100 yards in every game this season, but he's now been held out of the end zone in two consecutive games and the Badgers are something of a national afterthought after a terrible home loss to BYU in September.

Year to date:

Record: 3-1

102 carries, 628 rushing yards (6.16 ypc), 5 rushing touchdowns

The Fab Five

On to the short-list! Below are my current standings for the 2018 Heisman race after the first five full weeks of the college season.

5. McKenzie Milton, QB, Central Florida (Previously: N/R)

Oh hello there, McKenzie. Welcome to the show! Milton commandeered the Knights to an undefeated...ahem..."national championship" season in 2017, but it was considered largely the product of Coach Scott Frost.

Now? Frost is winless at Nebraska and Milton is red-hot...just like the Knights. Central Florida is climbing the polls again and it's due in large part to the stellar play of the diminutive passer.

Year to date:

Record: 4-0

84/137 passing (61.3%), 1223 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 198 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns

4. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma (Previously: 2nd)

Pretty crazy to think Murray has been on a torrid pace and slide DOWN two spots in the rankings. It's a hard knock life in the race for the Heisman.

Murray torched the Baylor Bears for a career high seven touchdowns this past weekend, if he can capture a few more games of that magnitude and carry the Sooners to a Big 12 Championship without Rodney Anderson, he'll be right in the thick of it.

Murray meets his toughest test of the season thus far in Week 6 against Texas in the Red River Rivalry.

Year to date: 

Record: 5-0

77/109 passing (70.6%), 1469 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 276 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns

3. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State (Previously: 3rd)

Listen, I get it. Haskins nickeled and dimed the Nittany Lions for a majority of the night in a comeback 27-26 win in Happy Valley last weekend. But it would have been so easy for Haskins, who was knocked around a ton, to fold all together. He didn't.

Instead, Haskins made the right decisions down the stretch. And like it or not, Heisman voters aren't going to ask what his air yards were. (Heck, the majority of them probably don't even know what air yards are.)

Instead, they're going to look at the resume and see Haskins, who has played terrific all season, was the winning QB on a team that defeated Penn State in Happy Valley after trailing by 13 with 8 minutes left.

Year to date:

Record: 5-0

109/154 passing (70.8%), 1464 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 36 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown

2. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama (Previously: 4th)

Someone find me that Vince McMahon GIF. You know, the one where he's so overwhelmed that he falls backwards out of his chair? Tua still has not played a single snap in the 4th quarter of any football game. That's how good the Tide are this year.

But that may work against him in the eyes of some voters...such a dominant team all around may mitigate his value in the Heisman race. Tua has been terrific this season. He's averaging 13.2 yards per attempt...let that sink in.

I can't wait until someone gives Alabama a close game so we can see if he can replicate the late game magic that won the Tide last year's CFB Playoff.

Year to date:

Record: 5-0

66/88 passing (75.0%), 1161 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 115 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns

1. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia (Previously: 1st)

Why Grier? Because he's the most important player to his football team out of any of the leaders on this list, in my opinion. Add in how good he's been and his current pace as a passer?

Grier is playing pitch and catch as the focal point of his entire team. And he's suddenly got the Mountaineers in the top 10 of the polls with games against Kansas, Iowa State and Baylor in the month of October.

Needless to say, Grier is going to continue to fill up the stat sheet before crunch time in November (games against Texas, TCU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma). We'll find out just how real Grier's Heisman hopes are next month, but for now he's pacing the field.

Year to date:

Record: 4-0

98/136 passing (72.1%), 1487 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions

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Kyle Crabbs

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