College Football 2020: Top 5 Heisman Trophy candidates after Week 6

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Each week, the Heisman Trophy picture gets a little clearer, even if the rest of college football is a wild mess. Who tops the race after Week 6?

Another awesome week of college football was wrapped up on Saturday and this season has already gotten weird.

Turns out the championship hangover is real down in the Bayou. Florida’s defense is a serious problem. And maybe everyone jumped the gun on “The U” being back. This season is starting to give me some real 2007 vibes with the amount of upsets already.

The usual suspects of Alabama, Georgia and Clemson look like the three best teams in the country and likely three of the four playoff teams. All three of their quarterbacks are part of this week’s Heisman watch list.

Here are a few other guys who are just outside the top five after Week 6.

  • Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

Breece Hall is quietly becoming one of the best running backs in the country. He might not be a household name just yet playing at Iowa State, even though he should be. He’s a real game-changer for the Cyclones that are in serious contention for the Big 12 title. Hall is second in the country in rushing yards with 531, having rushed for 100 plus in every game and second in rushing touchdowns with eight.

  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Another guy who’s not a household name yet, but will be drafted next year. Zach Wilson’s fourth in the country in passing yards with 1,241 and has led the Cougars to a 4-0 start. Wilson isn’t going to bring home the Heisman but he’s a guy every college football fan should try to watch.

  • Shane Buechele, QB, SMU

Another non-Power Five guy who’s putting on a show this season. Shane Buechele is second in the country in passing yards with 1,326 and has tossed 10 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. With the way SMU loves to pass the ball, don’t be surprised if Buechele’s name is at the top of quarterback stats by the end of the season, but the loss of receiver Reggie Roberson really hurts.

  • D’Eriq King, QB, Miami

Last week I talked about the winner of D’Eriq King vs. Trevor Lawrence being in prime position for the Heisman. Well, Lawrence looked great and King did not. He only completed 12-of-28 pass attempts for 121 yards and threw two interceptions. He was able to get going on the ground rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Miami’s offense that looked so potent to start the season was stifled by Clemson’s defense. King really hurt himself in regards to the Heisman with that performance, but this is still the best Miami’s offense has looked in a while. He should still be able to stuff the stat sheet against some of the more inferior defenses of the ACC.

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