QB Joe Burrow, LSU
Why Joe Burrow Should Win The Heisman: It was supposed to be Tua Tagovailoa’s SEC, or Jake Fromm’s. No one could’ve foreseen what was coming.
Burrow was okay as a junior. He was tough, he won ten games, beat UCF in the Fiesta Bowl, and threw 16 touchdown passes. He showed skills, but he wasn’t all that accurate, the offense relied on the defense, and then it all changed.
Joe Brady stepped in as the passing game coordinator, offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger tweaked things a bit, and boom … LSU came up with a special offense that ripped through everyone and everything.
Burrow finished the regular season with a 201.47 passer rating – Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield finished at 199 in their respective Heisman-winning seasons – hitting 78% of his passes for 4,715 yards and 48 touchdowns with six picks, and he even ran for three scores.
Oh yeah, and he beat Alabama at Alabama, won and SEC Championship, and got LSU to the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.
Why Joe Burrow Shouldn’t Win The Heisman: Was it him or the system? He was surrounded by special NFL talent, the defense – even though it didn’t always play like it – was loaded, and he had plenty of time to operate. He didn’t run like Jalen Hurts, and he finished behind Washington State QB Anthony Gordon in total offense – and Gordon had one fewer game.
Signature Heisman Game: November 30 at Alabama. It might have actually been the 45-38 win at Texas, throwing for 471 yards and four scores. That got him on the map, but it was the 31-of-39, 393-yard, three touchdown day in the 46-41 shootout with the Tide that everyone saw.
Prediction Of Where Joe Burrow Will Finish: First, and by one of the biggest margins ever