Heisman watch entering Week 8 as Trevor Lawrence is running away with the Heisman race but Mac Jones is keeping things interesting before Justin Fields starts his season on Saturday.
Through the first seven weeks of the 2020 college football season, the Heisman Trophy race hasn’t been as much of a race as it has been a runaway. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who entered the year as one of the bonafide favorites to win the most prestigious individual award in the sport, has looked the part and more. And that was indeed the case in Week 7.
In a game in which Clemson put up 73 points on Georgia Tech, the all-world quarterback was phenomenal, submitting one of the most dominant halves from a quarterback in recent college football memory. And in doing so, he only further extended his lead as the frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy.
Things are going to get shaken up in the Heisman Trophy race come Week 8, though. The Big Ten is slated to kick off its 2020 season, which means players like Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields — a finalist last season — Penn State running back Journey Brown and a handful of others will have their opportunity to insert themselves into the conversation.
It will be interesting to see how players from the Big Ten fit into the race, though. With the late start to their season and a limited schedule in comparison to teams from the AAC, ACC, Big 12 and SEC, you have to wonder if voters will hold that against Fields and his conference peers. But again, we don’t have to worry about that for another week.
For now, let’s look at the action from Week 7 and prior to that as we once again dive into the top 10 Heisman rankings for the 2020 season.