Preseason Heisman Trophy Favorites
LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow capped off an amazing 2019 season with the Heisman Trophy. Burrow also led the Tigers to the National Championship and is likely to be the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick in 2020. Burrow came out of nowhere to land the Heisman Trophy after starting the season well outside the list of favorites. College football fans are debating whether LSU can repeat as National Champions or if another team will lift the trophy. Fans can visit https://silentbet.com/ ahead of the new college football season to get a bet bonus to wager on the team they believe will win the college football National Championship this season.
The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner may not be a long-shot like Burrow was last season. Regardless of who it is, a shortlist of top candidates has already been drawn up. If any outsider is going take on the most prestigious award in college sports, then they will have to outdo these gentlemen.
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
The Ohio State Buckeyes have produced seven Heisman Trophy winners and quarterback Justin Fields could be No. 8 on the Buckeyes’ Heisman winner list. Fields had an excellent 2019 and if it hadn’t been for Burrow’s unbelievable numbers, would have most likely won the trophy. The quarterback completed 67.2% of his passes and threw for 3,272 yards and 41 touchdowns. Fields was only picked off three times.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence had a lot of haters last season. If it wasn’t memes mocking his hair and headband, it was college football pundits criticizing his interceptions total. Lawrence tossed eight interceptions in his first seven games of the season. It doesn’t sound as bad as it was made out to be, especially with Lawrence totaling 36 touchdowns during the season. He also threw for 3,665 yards. Lawrence added nine running touchdowns. If he can be more consistent from the start, the Heisman Trophy could be his.
Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
Chuba Hubbard looked like a lock to join the NFL Draft 2020, but shocked college football followers – and pleased Oklahoma State fans – by remaining in Stillwater for another year. The running back led college football with 2,094 rushing yards in 2019. He tallied 21 touchdowns on the ground which was the third-most in the country. The big knock against Hubbard winning the Heisman Trophy is Oklahoma State. The team isn’t likely to fight for a National Championship.
Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame
Ian Book had a very good season at Notre Dame in 2019. He threw for 3,034 yards and 34 touchdowns against six interceptions. His biggest issue was a weak schedule with Notre Dame playing New Mexico and Bowling Green. Had Book produced his numbers with tougher teams on Notre Dame’s schedule in the first half of the season, he may have challenged Burrow for the Heisman.
Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
Travis Etienne is another potential Heisman Trophy winner that decided to return for another season rather than go into the NFL Draft 2020. His decision to stay won’t only help his candidacy for the award, but it will make Clemson a strong favorite to win the National Championship. Etienne scampered for 1,614 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior. He added 432 receiving yards and four touchdowns on just 37 receptions.