Goodbye October, Welcome November! With just five weeks left in the 2015-16 college football season, the race for Heisman Trophy is getting tighter by the week, with various candidates doing their level best in the College Football betting odds to impress the voters. In Week 9, a good number of the top contenders were not in action, taking the week off due to their respective byes. Nonetheless, there was plenty of action across the league, with a number of them influencing our rankings ahead of the Week 10 games. Here is our updated list of our top five Heisman contenders as we enter Week 10 online betting fans, starting with a couple of honorable mentions.
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Who are our Honorable Mentions for the Heisman Trophy?
Christian McCaffrey, Running Back, Sophomore, Stanford
The Cardinal had a tough outing against the Cougars last week, escaping with a 30-28 win. Stanford’s struggles were clearly evident in McCaffrey’s game, as he carried the ball 22 times for 107 yards along with four catches for 26 yards, which was below his season average of 259.7 all-purpose yards per game. However, with Stanford still unbeaten in Pac-12 play, and McCaffrey boasting of 175 carries in his eight games this season for 1,060 yards and six rushing TDs, plus 25 receptions for 310 yards and two scores; the running back still has a solid outside chance to boost his Heisman chances.
Next Game: The Cardinal have a road trip against the Colorado Buffaloes.
Greg Ward Jr., Quarterback, Junior, Houston
The biggest reason behind Houston’s flawless 8-0 record in the season is the mind-blowing dual-threat efficiency of Ward at QB. In his last game, he completed 15 of 23 his passes for 221 yards and a TD, along with 33 yards and another score on the ground. On the season, Ward is impressively completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 1,955 yards and 11 TDs to go along with 710 rushing yards and 16 additional TDs on the ground. With such stellar numbers, it goes without saying that Ward is a special talent, even if the Heisman voters probably won’t rank him that highly because he is supposedly playing for a small team.
Next Game: The Cougars will be battling Cincinnati this Saturday.
Lynch continued his season-long productivity with a big game in the 41-13 win over Tulane in Week 9, throwing 26 of 42 passes for 343 yards and a TD, along with seven rushes for 43 scrambled yards on the ground. So far this season, the junior QB is completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 2,709 yards and 18 TDs against just one interception. He has additionally rushed for two rushing scores in the eight games he’s played so far.
Next Game: Memphis will be going against Navy on Saturday.
Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Junior, Ohio State
Elliot, Ohio State’s No. 1 running back, was on a bye, just like the rest of his teammates. With 167 carries for 1,130 yards and 13 touchdowns, along with 23 catches for 160 yards in his eight games this season, Elliot is certainly a force to reckon with. Playing against Minnesota this week won’t be much of a test, so you can expect him to pound the ground hard, north of 120 yards.
Next Game: Ohio State Hosts Minnesota on Saturday.
Who are the Top 5 Candidates for the Heisman Trophy?
#5 Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Sophomore, Clemson
Watson was in clutch mode last week, totaling six touchdowns to help the Tigers to an entertaining 56-41 victory North Carolina State. His passing game was spot-on, as he completed 23 of 30 passes for 383 yards and 5 TDs, while adding 54 yards rushing and another TD on the ground. On the season, Watson is sporting a stellar 70.3 percent completion of his passes for 1,936 yards and 20 touchdowns, along with 386 rushing yards and four scores on the ground. His efficiency will be tested to the maximum this week, when the Tigers host the Seminoles in arguably the biggest game of the ACC this year.
Next Game: Clemson will face a stern test against Florida State on Saturday.
#4 Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver, Senior, TCU
For the sixth time in a row this season, Doctson lit up the scoreboards in Week 9 with a multi-touchdown game, which allowed the Horned Frogs to thump West Virginia 40-10. In that game, he posted 11 catches for 183 yards and 2 TDs, taking his season tally to 71 receptions for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns through eight games. With his QB, Trevone Boykin, playing like an alien possessed with the evil genius of solid passing, there’s no doubt that Doctson will be in the running for Heisman, possibly finishing among the Finalists. In fact, hadn’t it been for Boykin’s supremacy, all the votes here could have easily landed in Doctson’s favor.
Next Game: TCU has a big test against Oklahoma State on Saturday.
#3 Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver, Junior, Baylor
Playing this Thursday in Kansas State without injured starting QB Seth Russell will definitely be hard for Coleman and the Bears who are coming off a bye week. Nonetheless, Jarrett Stidham has shown signs of brilliance in the games he’s played on a backup role this season, so Baylor’s high-octane offense may just continue to hum in favor of Coleman, who has racked up 47 catches for 962 yards with 18 touchdowns in seven games this season. And if Coleman isn’t much of a beneficiary of the Heisman spotlight left by Russell, then be sure that Baylor’s star running back Shock Linwood will take up the reins in the offense. Linwood, a junior back, has so far tallied 121 carries for 974 yards and nine touchdowns in seven games this season.
Next Game: The Bears have a road trip to Kansas State.
#2 Leonard Fournette, Running Back, Sophomore, LSU
After pounding the ground for a league-leading 1,352 yards rushing with 15 touchdowns in his team’s first seven games (along with seven catches for 58 yards), Fournette took a Week 9 bye to rest his legs and prepare for this week’s blockbuster encounter against the Crimson Tide in Alabama. If he can manage to put up a stellar performance against Alabama’s vaunted defense, there’ll probably be nobody in this list to match up to him.
Next Game: LSU Faces a Make-or-Break Encounter Against Alabama on Saturday
Thanks to his 84 yards rushing with one score to go with 388 yards passing with three touchdowns in last Thursday’s 40-10 win over West Virginia, Boykin is back at the top of our Heisman betting. Not to mention, his solid total yardage output against WVU allowed him to create a new school record of 12,041 yards total offense in TCU, with the previous record held by Andy Dalton (11,925). Playing against Oklahoma State this week will be extremely hard, but with his future looking so bright, it will take something very special to dim Boykin down.
Next Game: TCU has a big test against Oklahoma State on Saturday.