No one's winning the Heisman Trophy in the opening weekend -- the Forecaster checked and they won't let us cast any votes his early -- but a contender can certainly put himself in a position where he's forced to play catchup.
Meanwhile, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence had the most pedestrian day among the front-runners, with the kind of opener that hasn't been the foundation for a run at the Heisman since, well, the Tigers quarterback has been alive.
He threw for 168 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions -- and added another score on the ground -- with Lawrence posting a 114.8 efficiency rating that was the worst of any of his career starts in a Tigers uniform. No quarterback has had that kind of a down season opener and still went on to win the trophy since Nebraska's Eric Crouch, who was as much a runner as he was a passer, had a 114.9 efficiency rating in the Cornhuskers' opener in 2001.
The poster boy of the defending national champs with an epic performance against Alabama in the title game, Lawrence entered the season with plenty of leeway in this race. That being said, the Tigers only have two regular season matchups against Top-25 teams -- this weekend vs. No. 12 Texas A&M and Sept. 14 against No. 21 Syracuse -- and Lawrence has to contender with another challenger in his own backfield in Travis Etienne, who is coming off a 200-yard day.
Look, Lawrence is going o remain a factor in this race regardless. That's the luxury you have when you owned the stage in the College Football Playoff as a true freshman, but he can solidify himself as the early Heisman leader Saturday afternoon at Clemson Memorial Stadium and, in the process, deliver a blow to another contender in Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond.
Here are the players poised to rise and fall as we head into the second week of the season.
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ON THE RISE: Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson
Despite the doom and gloom of the picture painted above, Lawrence remains a force in this race and he'll be helped that he's facing a Texas A&M defense that has issues vs. the pass. Only Ole Miss and Missouri allow more yards through the air than the Aggies' 253.2 yards per game and they'll be without the secondary's leading tackler last season in the suspended Debione Renfro. This may be the Tigers' toughest game of the regular season, and with Heisman campaigns built on owning big moments, Lawrence -- who has already shown he can thrive in the spotlight, just ask Alabama -- should be more than up to the task.
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ON THE RISE: Joe Burrow, QB LSU
Burrow came out blazing operating the Tigers' new hurry-up, no-huddle spread offense in the opener vs. Georgia Southern, throwing for 278 yards on 23 of 27 passing for five touchdowns and zero interceptions. That won't be a surprise to No. 9 Texas as they host sixth-ranked LSU, but Burrow has plenty of weapons at his disposal with Terrace Marshall, who had three TDs last week, while Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase both the hit the end zone as well. Texas was 100th in FBS last year, allowing 261.4 yards per game through the ground, and has eight new starters. Burrow could feast on that inexperience.
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ON THE RISE: D'Andre Swift, RB Georgia
His teammate and fellow contender Jake Fromm was solid in the opener vs. Vanderbilt, but Swift starred and showed he's healthy in rushing 16 times (one off his career-high set last season vs. Auburn). He'll look to build off that in consecutive games where he shouldn't get much of a workload -- vs. Murray State and Arkansas State -- before the Bulldogs host No. 8 Notre Dame. Swift clearly has himself on a short list with Etienne and Taylor as the top candidates at the running back position.
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FALL GUYS: Kellen Mond, QB Texas A&M
Mond racked up over 460 yards off offense last season vs. Clemson in an eventual loss in College Station. Considering the Tigers' rebuilt offense, which has just four starters back from a year ago, has yet to be tested, this could be a chance for Mond to upstage Lawrence and Etienne and make an early statement. While short on experience, this Clemson D remains talented behind senior linebacker Chad Smith and Baylon Spector, but as we saw last year, a big game vs. Mond may not be enough to take down the Tigers and the Aggies QB likely needs a win here to be a true factor in the race.
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FALL GUYS: Sam Ehlinger, QB Texas
It's arguably the Longhorns' biggest home game since they hosted Ohio State in 2006 as Ehlinger and Co. take on LSU. Ehlinger is coming off a four-touchdown day and he's going to be tested against a Tigers defense that is loaded, with eight starters back from last season, headlined by safety Grant Delpit. If Ehlinger can lead the Longhorns to an upset, expect those calls that Texas is back to turn into screams from Austin. But with Keaontay Ingram the only real healthy option in the 'Horns' running game depleted, Ehlinger may have his hands full operating a limited offense.
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FALL GUYS: Justin Herbert, QB Oregon
Herbert and the Ducks badly needed a win over Auburn in Atlanta in the opener, for the Pac-12's reputation, Oregon's playoff hopes and Herbert's candidacy. All took a major hit in the loss to the Tigers and while Herbert has chances later on to try and pick up the pieces, they won't come this week vs. Nevada or the following week against Montana.