1. Alabama
  2. Michigan
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington


  1. Lamar Jackson–The Louisville QB had several Heisman moments in leading the Cardinals to a  32-25 come-from-behind win over  Virginia, including throwing a 29-yard TD pass to Jaylen Smith with 13 seconds left for the game winner.
  2. Clemson–The Tigers came from behind  with a 37-34 win over Florida State on Saturday night which upped their record to 8-0 and kept them in the hunt to make the College Football Playoffs for the second consecutive season. Leading the way was QB DeShaun Watson who had 430 yards of offense and pushed himself back into Heisman consideration. When was the last time two QBs from the same division finished 1-2 in the Heisman  race? The answer: Never.
  3.  Kentucky–No it’s not basketball season yet, but the football Wildcats are on a roll  They are 5-2 overall, 4-2 in the SEC East and coming off a 35-21 win at Missouri, which was their third straight win. They still have challenges ahead–Georgia, Tennessee and Louisville. But becoming bowl eligible (they have a game against FCS Austin Peay) is defiinitely a possibility.
  4. (tie for third really–Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers was again a force on defense and offense in the Wolverines win over 32-23 Michigan State. If Michigan wins the  Big Ten title, expect Peppers to be on a lot of Heisman ballots The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.