The race for the Heisman Trophy still has the same frontrunners, but more candidates have emerged after they had breakout games in a week filled with upsets.
Week 4 of college football has come to an end, and more shocking upsets took place as No. 8 LSU fell to Mississippi State at home and plummeted to No. 17 in the rankings.
No. 18 Missouri fell out of the rankings entirely since they lost at home to Indiana. All of the top five teams struggled, but they managed to escape with wins and stay undefeated.
The Heisman race opened up with Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon returning to form and Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah having another incredible performance.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s stock took a major hit since he was suspended for the Clemson game for standing up on a table and yelling obscenities in front of students.
Here are the top five Heisman candidates as of Week 4, which has changed a lot since the past couple of weeks.
5. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
Abdullah has jumped even deeper into the Heisman race following his performance against Miami in a 41-31 victory for Nebraska. The senior running back rushed for 229 yards with two touchdowns on 35 carries against the Hurricanes. The Cornhuskers improved to 4-0 with their victory, so Abdullah has both a winning record and impressive stats on his side.
Although the Cornhuskers are still at No. 21 in the rankings, they can rise even higher in the rankings with wins against Michigan State and/or Wisconsin. Abdullah has been the centerpiece of the Cornhuskers offense, which has scored 45.5 points per game, ranking 10th in the country.
Stats: 92 carries, 625 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns; 5 catches, 108 yards, 2 touchdowns