In another shocking road upset, the Ohio State Buckeyes lost, convincingly, at Purdue 49-20 and Heisman Trophy candidate Dwayne Haskins comes away looking less like a viable candidate to end up in New York. The numbers may look good on paper, 470 yards, 2 touchdowns but look closer. Haskins threw the ball an astonishing 73 times while the Buckeyes only ran the ball 25 times. Despite that, Ohio State did not score a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Ohio State ran 98 plays and only scored 20 points. That is not Heisman-worthy, especially from a blue blood program like Ohio State.
Contrast that with Tua Tagovailoa, who threw the ball 26 times, completing 19 for 306 yards and four touchdowns in another rout of Tennessee. The Alabama Crimson Tide signal caller has all but wrapped up the Heisman at this point. He has yet to throw an interception, has a QBR over 97 and generally looks like a created NCAA player more than a real, live human.
The race isn’t over and while it looks like it will be the ‘Bama signal caller’s name at the end of the season, it should be mentioned that the Big 12 does have two viable candidates and there are a lot of meaningful games remaining. It won’t matter if Alabama remains a death star in a galaxy of Plutos, but it could at least be a fun race at the end to see who goes to New York.
Tua Tagovailoa - 107 /152 (70.4%), 2066 yards, 25 TD, 0 INT
Dwayne Haskins - 224 / 315 (71.1%), 2801 yards, 30 TD, 5 INT
Will Grier - 137 / 192 (71.4%), 1919 yards, 22 TD, 7 INT
Kyler Murray - 115 / 159 (72.3%), 1977 yards, 25 TD, 3 INT [66 rushes, 428 yards, 5 TD)