1. QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
It’s easy to look at the numbers and assume that Justin Fields is having a better season than Fromm. The Ohio State quarterback has been amazing so far, he’s handling all of the pressure of the position and the job as well as humanly possible, and he’s knee-deep in the hunt for the Heisman with the big games coming up.
Fromm is having an equally strong season, but in a different way.
This isn’t a flash-and-dash Georgia team. It has a great defense, arguably the nation’s best offensive line, and it wins games by wearing teams down with a relentless steamroller style.
Fromm might not be a runner, and he’s not coming up with the jaw-dropping throws that Tua Tagovailoa is making look routine, but he’s doing exactly what a team that’s in the College Football Playoff needs.
He’s not screwing up, and he’s the steadiest of steady leaders.
What this Georgia offense needs is reliable accuracy – Fromm is hitting 78% of his throws.
It needs a big play once in a while when the chances are there – he’s averaging almost ten yards per throw.
It needs a quarterback who isn’t going to let the other team in the game with the big mistake – he has yet to throw an interception.
Against Notre Dame on the big stage he completed 20-of-26 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown with no picks. That might not seem like much, but it was the exact game Georgia needed out of its guy to get away with the win.
His big moments are coming up. He still has to face Florida and he still has to go against Auburn. And if all goes well, he still has to face either Alabama or LSU in the SEC Championship.
Don’t count him out of the Heisman hunt quite yet.