Welcome to our moment Heisman Watch of those 2020 college football season. This week, we all advised that the Big Ten into the race.
Throughout this season, ESPN.com authors will vote in their best Heisman candidates. We aren’t including players whose autumn seasons were postponed or that picked out.
To receive the last positions, we utilize the following methodology: 13 voters, five votes each. Points strategy: five factors for first-place votes, four factors for second-place votes, three factors for third-place votes, two factors to get fourth-place votes and one stage for fifth-place votes.
Voters: Andrea Adelson, Kyle Bonagura, Bill Connelly, Heather Dinich, David M. Hale, Chris Low, Harry Lyles Jr. , Ivan Maisel, Adam Rittenberg, Alex Scarborough, Mark Schlabach, Tom VanHaaren, Dave Wilson
Total factors: 65 (first-place votes: 13)
Notable: Lawrence obtained all 13 first-place votes this week, and it is likely because he pitched three TDs — on just nine attempts — at the Tigers’ blowout win over The Citadel final weekend. ) He had just one incompletion one of those nine throws.
Quotable: “Might have been my most efficient day since I’ve been here,” Lawrence said. “That was just fun.”
Total factors: 39 (first-place votes: 0)
Notable: The Big Ten is back, which means Fields is, also. The Buckeyes’ QB threw for 41 touchdowns (and only 3 picks) annually and threw for at least 3,000 metres while leading OSU into the College Football Playoff.
Quotable: “Fields has shown high-end accuracy, a quick release with some zip on the ball and the ability to adjust arm angles to make difficult throws off-schedule.” — Todd McShay
Total points: 29 (first-place votes: 0)
Notable: The Sooners were off last weekend, which gave us one more week to marvel at Rattler’s OU debut, a game in which he threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns.
Quotable: “I feel like I’ve earned a lot of trust from my guys on the team,” Rattler said. “Being the quarterback, you have to have that assertive leadership and bring certain qualities to you, and I feel like I’m still working on that, but doing a pretty good job with it.”
Total points: 28 (first-place votes: 0)
Notable: Ehlinger and Texas didn’t play Saturday, but the senior QB put on a show in the Longhorns’ opener, tossing five touchdowns in just the first half. He threw for 426 yards total.
Quotable: “Ehlinger is experienced enough that he doesn’t need to depend on one or two guys, which should pay big dividends for the Longhorns this season in an offensive system designed to spread the wealth.” — Chris Low
D’Eriq King throws for 325 yards and three touchdown passes and Cam’Ron Harris and Jaylan Knighton run in touchdowns as No. 17 Miami beats No. 18 Louisville 47-34.
Total points: 10 (first-place votes: 0)
Notable: Welcome to Miami, D’Eriq King. In his second game for the Canes, the transfer QB from Houston led Miami to a big win over Louisville, throwing for three touchdowns and 325 yards.
Quotable: “We talked about creating more explosive plays through the passing game, which we were able to do,” Miami coach Manny Diaz said, “but we obviously had some through the running game, as well. We can still be so much better. The explosive plays, it was who we wanted to be.”
Total factors: 5 (first-place votes: 0)
Notable: Etienne had eight carries for 68 yards in Clemson’s win over The Citadel, getting lots of rest from the blowout.
Quotable: “Etienne could have been a top-40 pick in the 2020 draft, but he decided to return to school for another season. He doesn’t have much to prove in my eyes.” — Mel Kiper Jr.
Others getting votes:
Total factors in parentheses ( ):
Najee Harris, Alabama (4); Dillon Gabriel, UCF (4); Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State (3 ) ); Ian Book, Notre Dame (3 ) ); Mac Jones, Alabama (two ); Jaylen Waddle, Alabama (two ); Myles Brennan, LSU (1)