Getting into the deeper part of the season, more and more players are making their names heard, while others are falling out of the start studded group. Many favor Lamar Jackson at the moment, but it is not over yet.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB: How did Lamar Jackson fare against the No. 2 ranked team in the country? He completely dominated them. He exposed Florida State’s defense in every aspect of the game. He exposed the Seminoles so badly, they won 63-20. Jackson totaled 216 yards through the air with one touchdown, and totaled a whopping 146 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground. He has dominated every week this year and is the clear cut favorite at the moment.
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, RB: McCaffrey is consistent. He is playing very well this season, but no one is talking much about him. He has played just two games, but his numbers have been impressive nonetheless. Against Southern Cal last week, he ran for 172 yards and a touchdown and caught three balls for 66 yards and a touchdown. He will continue to perform, but he’ll need to produce some scary numbers to help his case.
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, ATH: The animal had nine tackles and a sack this last week, but did more than just play defense. He had two kickoff returns for 81 yards and four punt returns for 99 yards and a touchdown. I will continue to say… Jabrill Peppers is a freak.
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, QB: How does J.T. size up against a tough Oklahoma team — 152 yards through the air, yea that’s not a lot, but four touchdowns through the air is no joke. He also completed 14 of 20 passes, which is a great percentage. He isn’t throwing the ball nearly as much as many other quarterbacks, but he is still producing nonetheless. He also put together 74 rushing yards on the ground.
Deshaun Watson, Clemson, QB: No Watson is not a favorite for the award, but he is back in the mix. Thursday he led the Tigers to a 26-7 victory over an undefeated Georgia Tech team in Atlanta. You may be thinking, “Why is that so impressive?” It’s because they haven’t won a game in that building since 2003, and are historically have not played well at Georgia Tech. Watson also threw threw for 304 yards and a two touchdowns while completing 32 of 48 passes (67 percent).
Leonard Fournette, LSU, RB: Fournette ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns last week. The main reason this powerhouse is back in the equation is because he can go off at any time. He can explode for a 250-yard game at any time, and I think it’s too early to count him out.
Running out of time:
Nick Chubb, Georgia, RB: He has been playing worse and worse since Week 1. He needs to pick it up this week.
Greg Ward Jr, Houston, QB: He is still a front runner, and although he had three total touchdowns in the last game, two interceptions against Cincinnati is not going to make him look good.
In the hunt:
Deshone Kizer, Notre Dame, QB
Donnel Pumpfrey, San Diego State, RB
Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech, QB
Corey Clement, Wisconsin, RB
Saquon Barkley, Penn State, RB
Myles Garret, Texas A&M, DE
James Conner, Pittsburgh, RB
Kalen Ballage, ASU, RB
Mark Walton, Miami, RB
Jake Browning, Washington, QB