Heisman watch candidate No. 4: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
As touched on briefly, Justin Fields is in an extremely tough spot. When you look at the raw numbers for the Buckeyes quarterback, it’s hard to argue with his Heisman candidacy. Through four games, Fields has 1,208 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He’s also rushed for over 130 yards with three scores. That’s all quite impressive in the aggregate.
However, the problems arise when you start to dig into the minutia of Fields’ season. For starters, there is always some recency bias and Fields is coming off the worst game of his college career, throwing three picks and completing only 60 percent of his passes against Indiana. More than that, though, the Ohio State signal-caller is running out of games. With two cancelations, they only have two games left on the schedule. Is that enough for a true Heisman run? It’s hard for me to buy into that.
Heisman watch candidate No. 3: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Though the BYU Cougars were never initially slated to play on Saturday in Week 13, there was a ton of speculation about the possibility of the team picking up a game against a Pac-12 team that saw a game get canceled (namely, Washington). Eventually, though, the Cougars went into the week and were idle as planned. And while that hurts their College Football Playoff dark-horse chances, it does nothing to Zach Wilson in the Heisman race.
The junior has enjoyed nothing short of a superstar season in 2020 as the Cougars quarterback has completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 2,724 yards, 26 touchdowns and only two interceptions, all of which are career bests. Throw in the fact that Wilson already has eight rushing scores too and it’s hard to imagine a world in which he’s not a finalist for this award.