1. Trevor Lawrence – QB, Clemson
The Tigers’ fan base was struck with the ground-breaking news regarding Trevor Lawrence prior to their week nine matchup with Boston College. Per multiple reports, Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. This devastating news leaves Dabo Swinney and Clemson without their star Quarterback for two weeks. Though edging out Boston College in a nail-biting finish, Clemson prevailed 34-28 to avoid the upset with their true freshman under center. It’s clear that the Tigers without, Lawrence, are just not the same. Lawrence will have to miss next week’s matchup against No. 4 ranked Notre Dame, but will be eligible to return against Florida State, on November 21st.
2. Mac Jones – QB, Alabama
It’s Mac Jones’ time to shine. The Junior Quarterback from Jacksonville, Florida has been over-exceeding expectations this season. Pummeling Mississippi State 41-0, Jones and the Crimson Tide had a field day on their home turf. Completing 77% of his passes, Jones connected on 291 passing yards and four touchdowns. 203 of those yards, as well as all the touchdowns thrown, were to star wideout DeVonta Smith. When the two are on the same page, there’s no stopping them. Jones has overtaken Justin Fields in the power rankings and will look to overtake Trevor Lawrence, sooner than later. Jones and the Crimson Tide will battle LSU next weekend.
3. Justin Fields – QB, Ohio State
Tackling Penn State in the ‘Battle of the B1G’, Fields and Ohio State proved they are a top team in College Football. The Buckeyes win proved pivotal into their all-around team effort. Offensively and defensively, Ryan Day’s group was strong on the gridiron. Under center, Fields was consistent all game and finished with an 82.4% completion along with 318 passing yards. Not to be forgotten, the 6-foot-3 Junior connected on four passing touchdowns. Finishing the game with a 97.2 QBR, Fields is a lock to be a top-tier Quarterback in this year’s draft class. Next week, Field and the Buckeyes will face Rutgers.
4. Zach Wilson – QB, BYU
The Junior leader of the BYU Cougars has been putting together a very under-the-radar Heisman campaign. 6-foot-3 Zach Wilson ranks top-ten in passing yards, touchdowns and QBR this season. Leading the No. 11 ranked Cougars to a dominating 41-10 win against WKU, Wilson on only 18 passes, threw a blitzing 224 passing yards and three touchdowns. Averaging an 85 QBR per start, Wilson should be in all Heisman talks as he has led BYU into an undefeated start as the top ranked team in the nation. Next week, BYU will take on No. 21 Boise State.
5. Dillion Gabriel – QB, UCF
Rounding out the top-five is UCF’s Dillion Gabriel. Leading UCF to a somewhat-decent 4-2 second, Gabriel is pasting together a stellar Sophomore season. Defeating Houston 44-21, Gabriel launched 328 passing yards on two touchdowns. With this, Gabriel now leads the nation in passing yards and touchdowns. Underlooked by stars such as Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Mac Jones, Dillion Gabriel should be in the conversation of the best Quarterback in the nation. Gabriel and the Knights face Temple next week.
Najee Harris – RB, Alabama
Elijah Moore – WR, Ole Miss
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