2. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor was one of the favorites to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy entering the season, which obviously worked in his favor. And as the Badgers cruised past Western Kentucky in Week 1, he did nothing to cast doubt with 145 yards rushing and two touchdowns. However, it looked like his campaign might take a shot early against New Mexico in Week 2 with Wisconsin struggling and Taylor registering a bad fumble.
However, Taylor almost single-handedly changed the narrative of the Saturday affair and took the Badgers home. At the end of the 45-14 win for Wisconsin, the sophomore running back finished with 33 carries for 253 yards and three touchdowns. He’s simply a workhorse working behind one of the best offensive lines in the country. With that combo, the yards and touchdowns are going to keep coming.
1. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
At this point, this is Will Grier’s Heisman race to lose. The West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback is steering right into the hype train rolling for him and just cranking up the speed at this point. In a ho-hum 52-17 win over Youngstown State in Week 2, Grier looked phenomenal as he went 21-of-26 for 332 yards, four scores and an interception.
Grier is clearly one of the most gifted passers in the country and has the weapons and system in place around him to put that into action. He’s going to continually put up these yardage totals and touchdown numbers with low interception totals. If he can do just that and West Virginia can, as a whole, stay rolling as well, it’s going to be hard to see anyone besides Grier getting hardware in New York.