It wasn’t the prettiest of weeks in college football odds for most top ranked teams and their football stars, but Week 5 was still able to offer a lot of crucial pointers towards the developing shape of the 2015-16 Heisman Trophy race. For most part, things happened as expected, though it is worth noting that a good number of the Heisman-seeking quarterbacks didn’t raise their stocks that much. It was more a week of the running backs, something College Football betting enthusiasts should take note of, as we head into the heart of conference games this October. Here is a look at the solid Heisman Trophy Candidates who are leading the rest after Week 5.
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Best of the Best
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Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU Tigers
It’s probably unfair to say this now, but going by the way Fournette is consistently piling up big numbers as the Tigers are maintain their flawless record, it will almost take a miracle for another RB to oust this stud runner from his solid contention in the Heisman race. Last Week, the sophomore running back continued with his solid season, rushing for his third straight 200-yard game and collecting three scores to lead the Tigers (4-0, 2-0 SEC) to a stunning 44-22 win over Eastern Michigan. With 864 yards and 11 touchdowns in just four games, Fournette is certainly deserving of all the praises coming his way and the projections about him being destined for a top pick in next year’s NFL draft. The SEC road is tough for the Tigers, but as long as Fournette keeps on delivering, it’s hard to see anyone outmuscling this LSU star from his early tight grasp on the Heisman Trophy.
Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU Horned Frogs
Of all quarterbacks in the league, there’s little doubt that Boykin is the outright favorite to win this season’s Heisman, and it isn’t even close, as he leads the rest of the competition by oceans apart. Since the start of the season, Boykin’s numbers continue to get better, and if that trend is to stay the same, the Heisman Trophy will be a two-horse race between him and Fournette. In Week 5, the mercurial dual-threat QB passed for 5 TDs and 332 passing yards, helping the Horned Frogs (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) to a 50-7 whitewashing win over the Texas Longhorns. For the season, Boykin has thrown for 1,802 yards and 19 TDs against just three interceptions, while also running for more than 200 yards and another score. Simply put, the #2 senior is already responsible for over 2,000 yards of offense and 20 combined touchdowns in just five games for his team this season. Considering he’s not been playing some games fully, often being rested after the third quarter, you can’t help but feel awed by the royal performances of this Boy-King!
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State Buckeyes
After claiming the Offensive MVP Award in last season’s Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff national championship game, and also being named as the 2015 preseason Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year; Elliot has done nothing but cement his place as the best player for the undefeated Ohio State (5-0, 1-0). The regression of teammates and preseason Heisman favorites Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller so far has particularly helped Elliot’s cause, as his worth can no longer be shadowed under the bright performances of his QBs. With the Buckeyes staring at the dark hole of an upset from Indiana in Week 5, Elliot proved to be the team’s savior, exploding for a monster second-half performance to finish the game with a career-high 274 yards, along with three touchdowns. All the talks about Ohio State’s hard-earned 34-27 win over Indiana would have not been possible without Elliot’s brilliant contribution. In the season, the junior running back has rushed for 729 yards and eight touchdowns. Obviously, Fournette and Boykin will be hard to beat to the Heisman Trophy, but if the Buckeyes can stay undefeated and Elliot continues to give big performances, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that the St. Louis native will figure in the final Heisman mix.
Best of the Rest
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia Bulldogs
The Bulldogs were utterly outclassed in their 38-10 home loss to Alabama in Week 5, but Chubb still featured quite well for his team in the game, recording his fifth straight game of at least 120 rushing yards for Georgia. He finished the game against the Tide with 146 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. For the season, Chubb has rushed for 745 yards and seven touchdowns for the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 SEC), and although catching up to Fournette won’t be easy, the Georgia star figures to be a constant name being mentioned in the Heisman race.
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide
Like Chubb, Henry will have a hard time beating the NCAA Football betting odds to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy, but going by the way he bounced back nicely from the loss to Ole Miss, it would be ill-advised to write him off…now. Against the Bulldogs, Henry collected 148 rushing yards and one touchdown on 26 carries to earn Alabama (4-1, 1-1) a second successive win since losing to the Rebels in Week 3. Henry has racked up a total of 570 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in his five games for the Tide this season.
Note: This Year’s Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation, which will be the 81st Edition, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8:00 PM ET in New York City. For more information on the event, you can check out Heisman.com.