Week Eight 2020 Heisman Rankings

Week Eight 2020 Heisman Rankings

We’ve made it to Championship November. Quite often not only does the championship race take shape during this month, but the Heisman race does as well. The unfortunate news of Trevor Lawrence testing positive for Covid has opened the door to make this a much tighter race. But, how much headway was Mac Jones and Justin Fields able to make? Let’s take a look as we unveil our week seven 2020 Heisman rankings.

Zach Wilson could end up being the candidate with the most to win this weekend. With BYU playing their first ranked opponent against Boise State he could catapult his way up the rankings. Additionally, two names that we cannot leave out is Devonta Smith and Grayson McCall. Smith had a career day against Mississippi State with 11 catches for 203 yards and four touchdowns. And McCall has Coastal Carolina into the top 15 in the country with a five-touchdown performance against Georgia State. Now, let’s look at the extended leader board in our week eight 2020 Heisman rankings.

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Note: Ties were broken alphabetically by player’s last name

Ranking Player Position Team Points
1 Trevor Lawrence QB 70
2 Mac Jones QB 67
3 Justin Fields QB 63
4 Zach Wilson QB 23
5 Travis Etienne RB 21
6 Najee Harris RB 20
7 Kyle Trask QB 14
8 Devonta Smith WR 3
9 Grayson McCall QB 2
10 Shane Buechele QB 1
11 Javonte Williams RB 1

Top Five Candidates

1. Trevor Lawrence

QB | Clemson                                                                                                                                                     Next Game: 11/7 at Notre Dame

Lawrence was diagnosed with Covid and missed the Boston College game and will miss this weeks matchup against Notre Dame as well. Unfortunately, besides his health, there are a couple of things going against Lawrence here. The fact that D.J. Uiagalelei performed so well and the offense did not miss a beat works against him. If he performs well again this week against Notre Dame his value may drop once again.

2020 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% RATING
1,833 17 2 70.7 178.6
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
71 4 2.4

2. Mac Jones

QB | Alabama                                                                                                                                                 Next Game: 11/14 at LSU

Jones continued his stellar play with a four-touchdown performance against Mississippi State on Saturday. The Tide offense is continuing to stay hot with another 40 point performance. However, with the loss of Jaylen Waddle, it will be interesting to see how defenses start to try to take away Devonta Smith.  The Tide have this week off before traveling to Baton Rouge.

2020 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% RATING
2,196 16 2 78.5 210.3
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
-9 1 -0.5

3. Justin Fields

QB | Ohio State                                                                                                                                                Next Game: 11/7 vs Rutgers

It’s only two games, but Fields is within striking distance of winning this award. With Lawrence missing two games, Fields appears to be the clear beneficiary of that lost time. He currently has as many incompletions (7) as total touchdowns on the year. He should be able to pad those statistics against an improved, but not yet on Ohio State’s level, Rutgers team on Saturday.

2020 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% RATING
594 6 0 87.3 214.0
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
50 1 2.4

4. Zach Wilson

QB | BYU                                                                                                                                                Next Game: 11/6 at Boise State

After another tune-up in which Wilson and BYU passed with flying colors, they finally get their marquee matchup. On Friday night, the Cougars battle Boise State on the blue turf in prime time. With Lawrence sitting out another game due to Covid, Alabama in a bye week, and Ohio State playing Rutgers this could be a huge opportunity for Wilson to make a statement and move up in the rankings.

2020 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% RATING
2,152 19 2 74.6 198.7
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
150 7 3.7

5. Travis Etienne

RB | Clemson                                                                                                                                                     Next Game: 11/7 at Notre Dame

Etienne was phenomenal Saturday against Boston College. The Tigers needed someone to step up in a big way with Lawrence out and Etienne did just that. He had over 220 all-purpose yards with two touchdowns in the come from behind win. The Tigers will need everything he has this week as Clemson faces what figures to be its toughest challenge of the year against Notre Dame in South Bend.

2020 SEASON
RUSHING
ATT YARDS AVG TD G
103 606 5.9 9 7
RECEIVING
YARDS AVG TD
434 15.0 2

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