Not much changed in my Heisman picture on Week 9, but it did look for awhile like the leader was about to come back to pack. The upcoming week, though, could spark a big shake-up.
Leonard Fournette, LSU, RB
Yes, he's missed three games this season but he's averaged 168 rushing yards a game and over eight yards a carry. Fournette essentially hasn't faced any cupcake opponents to fatten up his stats. He's played three SEC games and at Wisconsin, which has a Top 10 defense.
Fournette also has a huge springboard game up next when Alabama visits. I don't think the Tigers will pull off the upset, but if they do and he plays well, watch out. He'll go from the periphery to the top of this list.
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D'Onta Foreman, Texas, RB
I was tempted to include Donnel Pumphrey in here but I'll go with backs who consistently face much tougher defenses. I also considered Dalvin Cook, but Foreman's numbers have been even more impressive as he's been the one true go-to guy on a young UT team that's been all over the map. Foreman's averaging 163 yards rushing in conference play and 205 yards rushing against ranked opponents.
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Jonathan Allen, Alabama, DL
I know Jabrill Peppers is the do-everything guy who also plays defense for Michigan -- and he is the X-factor guy in this race with the most buzz. But I'm sticking with the best player on the best team in college football. His six sacks in eight games is his headline stat and he's got some stunning highlight clips to back it all up.
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Jake Browning, Washington, QB
His numbers weren't eye-popping this time. Browning completed 12 of 20 passes for 186 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, but did so in a very hostile environment.
His 28-3 TD-INT ratio and 68 percent completion rate for an undefeated team keep in near the top as we get closer to the stretch run.
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Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB
He and his Cards needed a game-winning TD pass with just 13 seconds remaining to survive a trip to 2-6 UVA. With his four touchdowns Saturday he now has accounted for 38 on the season in eight games--only 18 teams have scored more through that many games.