We've crossed the halfway point of the college football season, and the list of candidates for the game's most iconic award has narrowed.
As it stands, there are only five players capable of hoisting the Heisman Trophy come December. With that, this week's Forecast is both a ranking of those candidates and the crowning of the Halfway Heisman, which (dramatic pause), goes to ...
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1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama QB
Vegas. Always. Knows. Tagovailoa was the preseason favorite, and he's lived up to the hype, tossing 27 TDs to one interception. There will be major tests ahead with the Nov. 9 date with No. 2 LSU, the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30 vs. No. 11 Auburn and a potential SEC Championship Game, but if he does deliver Alabama's first win by a quarterback, Tua would be in some ridiculous company. The last runner-up to go on to claim the award the next season was the legendary Herschel Walker in 1982.
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2. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma QB
The Alabama transfer passed the toughest test on the regular-season schedule with flying colors with over 360 yards of offense vs. Texas in Week 7. To underscore his complete game: Hurts is second in FBS in pass efficiency and third in yards per carry. Outside of a Nov. 16 trip to No. 18 Baylor, there isn't another Top 25 team on the regular season schedule (though he could well see those same Bears again in the Big 12 title game). On the heels of Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray going to make it very interesting to see if Oklahoma gets a third straight trophy.
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3. Joe Burrow, LSU QB
Burrow will have his chance to knock Tua from the top spot in the aforementioned showdown in Tuscaloosa -- which comes after the Tigers face the Tigers of the Plains when Auburn comes to Baton Rouge on Oct. 26 -- but for now he's third in these rankings. Burrow, who is hitting on nearly 80 percent of his passes and is third in the nation in total offense, is at the least in line to make program history. The Tigers have never had a QB finish higher in the voting than Bert Jones, who was fourth in 1972.
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4. Justin Fields, Ohio State QB
It's crazy how intertwined this year's top contenders are with Hurts and Tagovailoa once sharing the same locker room and Fields transferring to Ohio State to take a job that would have been Burrow's if he stayed put in Columbus. But they're all thriving now and Fields has a 187.5 efficiency rating (sixth in FBS) and is one of two QBs to have thrown for 17 or more TDs on fewer than 100 completions. The other: Hurts. Fields' biggest test is coming Oct. 26 vs. No. 6 Wisconsin, a clash that will determine the Big Ten's best bet for the award between the Buckeyes QB and ...
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5. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin RB
Taylor's numbers are similar to those of Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins (Dobbins has 826 yards to Taylor's 825), but the Badgers star has a nation's best 14 touchdowns. Plus, with Fields, Dobbins isn't the Buckeyes most logical candidate. Taylor is that for Wisconsin and he's the position's only real chance at a second Heisman in the last 10 years. He's averaging 137.5 yards per game, and if that carried through a potential spot it the Big Ten title game, Taylor would be at 1,787 yards on the year and challenging to become just the seventh player ever with 6,000 or more career yards (and he's just a junior, mind you). The other four players to reach that mark at major programs (Ron Dayne, Tony Dorsett, Charles White and Ricky Williams), are all Heisman winners.