Heading into Week 8 we are getting into the thick of the college football season. Close games are happening, and Heisman stocks are rising, as well as dropping. Here are our leaders as well as those just on the fringe as the college football season hits the back stretch of the schedule.
Deshaun Watson, Clemson, QB: Clemson had a close game against unranked NC State. This is a game that they really should have lost thanks to four turnovers, including three in the red zone, but Dabo Swinney’s prayers were answered. Watson did his part to get the win. He had his best game of the season overall, as he completed 39 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns. He also produced his first rushing touchdown of the year.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB: Coming off a bye week, Jackson had a rough time taking down the Duke Blue Devils. Duke is a tough team, and it was no surprise the injury riddled Blue Devils put up a genuine fight. Jackson had a good game, not great, throwing for 181 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 144 yards and another touchdown. For many, this wasn’t his best performances. People haven’t realized that it is impossible to keep up with the way he was playing. From time to time, you come back down to earth. This was still a good performance.
Jake Browning, Washington QB: Bye week… Will he cool down?
J.T. Barrett, OSU, QB: In a week of close games, Barrett had one of the toughest going up against Wisconsin. They pulled out an overtime victory, with Barrett leading the way. He totaled 226 yards and a touchdown through the air and 92 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. A big win for Barrett and the Buckeyes.
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan ATH: Bye week… nothing will change. He is an animal.
Donnel Pumpfrey, SDSU, RB: It’s time to get serious about Pumpfrey, he’s legit. He ran for 220 yards and two touchdowns last week against Fresno State. Besides his first week this season, every other game this year he has rushed for over 140 yards. If you don’t believe me, watch him and you’ll see. He is the real deal.
Still in the hunt:
Dalvin Cook, FSU, RB
Greg Ward JR, Houston, QB
Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, DE