The Heisman Trophy frontrunner has changed once again in wake of Georgia running back Todd Gurley’s suspension, and the race remains close.
Week 6 of college football was not as wild or exciting as Week 5, but it will be nearly impossible to see that many upsets in a week again.
Although the AP Top 25 did not blow up again, the Heisman race did. Running back Todd Gurley has been suspended for the entire season after being allegedly being embroiled in an autograph scandal, so his status as the frontrunner is entirely gone.
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper is also slowly being eliminated from the race after being held to two catches for 22 yards against Arkansas.
There are also candidates who emerged once again after being pushed to the background, and a new frontrunner has taken Gurley’s place. The race is far from over though.
Here are the top five Heisman Trophy candidates following Week 7 of college football.
5. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Although Wisconsin remains unranked, they improved to 4-2 with a 38-28 victory over Illinois. Gordon was the primary reason for the Badgers’ win as he rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries. Gordon has already rushed for over 1,000 yards this season, and he ranks second in the nation in rushing yards.
Although Wisconsin has not been one of the better teams, it is looking like Gordon may be this year’s Andre Williams even if the Badgers finish with a mediocre record. It’s too hard to ignore his monster numbers, and the Badgers would be an awful team without him since they don’t have a reliable quarterback.
Stats: 132 carries, 1,046 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns; 6 receptions, 27 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns