Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #10

Nebraska at Ohio State

Both teams have one loss with aspirations of making the Big Ten Championship and ultimately the College Football Playoff; a loss for either team could very well end dreams of both. JT Barrett and Tommy Armstrong are both in the Heisman discussion. A good game for Barrett and the Buckeyes will keep the stakes high for their showdown against currently undefeated Michigan. A win for Armstrong and the Huskers would keep their hopes alive of making the playoff.

Week 9 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
2 2 Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
3 3 Jake Browning QB Washington
4 4 Jabril Peppers DB Michigan
5 5 JT Barrett QB Ohio State
6 8 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
7 6 Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
8 9 Trevor Knight QB Texas A&M
9 10 Josh Dobbs QB Tennessee
10 6 Tommy Armstrong QB Nebraska

The top three players in this week’s Heisman HYPE rankings all had very close victories, although Lamar Jackson and Louisville’s win over Virginia was very surprising to even be a contest. Nebraska suffered their first loss of the season to Wisconsin, knocking Tommy Armstrong down 4 spots in the rankings.

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #9

Clemson at Florida State

After beating Louisville in a close game on October 1st, Clemson put itself in the driver’s seat of the ACC Atlantic division. Deshaun Watson is back near the top of most Heisman rankings. Despite an embarrassing loss to Louisville earlier this year and a last-second loss to North Carolina, Florida State remains a legitimate threat at home to beat Clemson. A win forĀ  the Tigers would essentially punch their ticket to the ACC Championship game and give them a very good chance of making the College Football Playoff for the second straight year. A big win would help Watson keep the pressure on Lamar Jackson in the Heisman race as well.

Week 8 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
2 3 Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
3 6 Jake Browning QB Washington
4 5 Jabril Peppers DB Michigan
5 2 JT Barrett QB Ohio State
6 8 Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
7 7 Tommy Armstrong QB Nebraska
8 9 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
9 4 Trevor Knight QB Texas A&M
10 5 Josh Dobbs QB Tennessee

Lamar Jackson hangs on to the top spot again after an impressive performance in Louisville’s win against NC State (355 passing yards with 3 TDs along with 76 rushing yards and 1 TD). JT Barrett fell three spots as Ohio State took its first loss of the season to Penn State in Happy Valley. Trevor Knight fell five spots as Texas A&M took its first loss of the season to Alabama.

 

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #8

Texas A&M at Alabama

This game has major College Football Playoff implications, as the Aggies and Tide are both undefeated. The winner will likely end up in the SEC Championship game, while the loser will be on the outside looking in. Trevor Knight has been in the Heisman discussion, and a big win against an undefeated, defending National Champion Alabama would be a huge boost for his Heisman case, much in the way it essentially won Johnny Manziel the Heisman in 2012.

Week 7 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
2 2 JT Barrett QB Ohio State
3 4 Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
4 5 Trevor Knight QB Texas A&M
5 6 Jabril Peppers DB Michigan
6 NR Jake Browning QB Washington
7 8 Tommy Armstrong QB Nebraska
8 7 Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
9 NR Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
10 5 Josh Dobbs QB Tennessee

Louisville’s game against Duke on Thursday was closer than expected, but they came out with the win and Jackson had a solid performance to remain atop the list. Both JT Barrett and Deshaun Watson had games that went to overtime, but escaped with wins to stay undefeated and remain at 2nd and 3rd in the rankings, respectively. Trevor Knight’s upcoming match-up with Alabama gives him a big time opportunity to make a case to move up in the rankings next week.

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #7

Ohio State vs Wisconsin

Ohio State and Michigan are the only remaining undefeated teams in the Big Ten. A spot in the conference championship game and likely a spot in the College Football Playoff will hinge on that matchup in November. For that to happen, Ohio State will have to get past Wisconsin, who game Michigan an run in the Big House two weeks ago. JT Barrett is still very much in the Heisman race and he will have to continue to have big games through October and November to strengthen his chances.

Week 6 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
2 2 JT Barrett QB Ohio State
3 4 Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
4 5 Trevor Knight QB Texas A&M
5 3 Josh Dobbs QB Tennessee
6 9 Jabril Peppers DB Michigan
7 8 Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
8 6 Tommy Armstrong QB Nebraska
9 NR Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
10 10 Chad Kelly QB Mississippi

Louisville had a bye this week, but Jackson remained atop the list. JT Barrett, Deshaun Watson and Trevor Knight all kept their teams undefeated. Peppers had a solid game in Michigan’s rout of Rutgers, improving his Heisman position. Houston’s loss to Navy likely ended their hopes of making the College Football Playoff and hurt Greg Ward’s Heisman chances as well.

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #6

Tennessee vs Texas A&M

In addition to being a top 10 matchup of two undefeated SEC teams with potential CFB Playoff implications, this game features two quarterbacks on the Heisman radar: Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs and Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight. This is the biggest game left on Tennessee’s schedule, and a win would definitely strengthen Dobbs’ Heisman resume. The Aggies, on the other hand, have Alabama and Ole Miss left on their schedule.

Week 5 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
2 3 JT Barrett QB Ohio State
3 2 Josh Dobbs QB Tennessee
4 7 Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
5 4 Trevor Knight QB Texas A&M
6 5 Tommy Armstrong QB Nebraska
7 8 Greg Ward QB Houston
8 10 Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
9 NR Jabril Peppers DB Michigan
10 9 Chad Kelly QB Mississippi

The Louisville-Clemson match-up did not disappoint and neither did the star quarterbacks. Despite the loss, Lamar Jackson put up 295 passing yards and a touchdown along with 162 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Jackson holds on to the top spot, but the margin has shrunk.