1. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson- Jackson really delivered for the Cardinals on Saturday, finding wide receiver Jaylen Smith on a game-winning pass with 13 seconds left to escape Virginia. It was the sophomore’s fourth touchdown throw to go along with well over 400 yards of total offense. The Cardinals had more trouble than expected with the Cavaliers, but in the end, Jackson got them across the finish line.
2. Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers- He accounted for eight points, a rushing touchdown and a return of a failed two-point conversion attempt. On defense 7 tackles and a sack is not a bad day’s work. Peppers is the best player in college football, but end the end we already know this award doesn’t usually go to the best football player.
3. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson- While not having one of his best days Watson was 27-of-43 for 378 yards, two touchdowns, and two picks. But when Clemson needed him most, he rallied his team back, capped by a 34-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Leggett with two minutes left. He is a big time player, that makes big time plays, in big time situations.
4. Washington QB Jake Browning- Browning was largely held in check by the talented Utes defense, finishing 12-of-20 for 186 yards, two touchdowns to John Ross and an interception. Browning drops in my rankings this week, his next big shot to shine will be against red-hot USC on Nov.12th.
5. San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey- The senior is currently running away with the nation’s lead in rushing, racing for 1,469 yards and 13 scores on 223 carries.
6. Alabama QB Jalen Hurts- Hurts has thrown for 12 touchdowns and 1,578 yards, but it’s his 521 yards and nine scores on the ground that have really helped transform the Bama offensive attack. You can beat next year he starts out in the top 3.
7. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield- Has been on fire lately, at this rate, the Sooners could win the Big 12. Mayfield is on fire.
8). Florida State RB Dalvin Cook- Cook almost singlehandedly carried the Noles back from a two-touchdown against deficit by rushing for 169 yards and four scores on 19 carries. The Seminoles have no big regular season games left, so Cook has virtually no shot at the Heisman this year.