9. QB Shea Patterson, Sr. Michigan
A whole slew of things have to happen for Patterson to be in the Heisman chase.
First, Michigan’s passing game has to be even better. Patterson was good this year – completing 65% of his throws for 2,361 yards and 21 scores with five picks, and he ran for two touchdowns – but the numbers should rise up with a loaded receiving corps returning.
Second, he has to get off to a big start, and the season has to build. The Big Ten opener is at Wisconsin in late September, and he’ll get a spotlight game at Penn State in mid-October with a date against Notre Dame to follow.
Third, beat Ohio State.
Four, see Third.
And if the first four parts come together, then he has to lead the way to a Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. He was close this year – in 2019 he has to finish the drill to get to New York.