Heading into the 2015 college football season my preseason Heisman Trophy pick was quarterback Trevone Boykin. There were some good reasons to believe he would at least be heading to New York City, including I believed TCU will go undefeated, he plays quarterback and hit his stride at the right time a season ago. Boykin may very well end up making the trip to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation, but right now there seems to be a different clear frontrunner for the award. LSU running back Leonard Fournette struck a Heisman pose after scoring his first career touchdown last season, but now he has become the player to beat as we get to the end of September and move into October.
College football tends to be a bit too over reactionary to any one particular week, so I do not want to get too carried away with Fournette’s performance against Auburn this past weekend. But it was darn impressive and worthy of Heisman buzz. He was already one of the top players in the game and has been worth watching from the start, but on the strength of two SEC wins, including one against another Heisman hopeful in Dak Prescott of Mississippi State, Fournette has established himself as what many believe to be the best player in college football. Sure, there is still plenty of football to be played, and many more big games and opportunities for Fournette to come, but the Heisman watch is officially on and Fournette is on the top of the list right now.
In this episode of the podcast I welcomed Zac Ellis of Sports Illustrated to discuss the Heisman Watch, which he does regularly for SI.com. Ellis and I discuss some of the early favorites in the hunt, some names that have dropped off for one reason or another and take a look at a couple of the key games for the Heisman Trophy race being played this weekend. After Ellis says good-bye, I highlighted some thoughts on the Group of Five chase for the New Years Six, in which I strongly recommend to anyone listening to tune into tonight’s American Athletic Conference game between Cincinnati and Memphis (which I also previewed for Athlon Sports). There may not be a Heisman Trophy candidate on either team, but the game is a pivotal one for the entire Group of Five conversation.
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