A rocky college football season is nearing the completion of its regular season. To say that things went swimmingly, even under the circumstances, would be a bit of a stretch.
Games have been canceled at every turn, players have opted out of the season altogether, and teams are backing out of playing in bowl games just like Pitt announced earlier today.
As so much negativity floats in the atmosphere around the sport, the battle for the Heisman trophy has been nothing short of fantastic.
Going into the season, I would have bet the house on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the future winner of the famed trophy.
Unfortunately, Lawrence was forced to miss time this year due to a positive coronavirus test. To say that there isn’t a chance that Lawrence wins the honor would be wrong, but the odds aren’t in his favor either. He is third or fourth in a race that has been narrowed down to two people.
Those in question are Alabama’s Mac Jones and Florida’s Kyle Trask.
Playing under center at two of the most respected college football programs is a large load to bear, but both have done a job that is nothing short of tremendous this season.
Alabama’s climb to reclaim the top spot in college football from programs like Clemson and LSU this season has gone off without any problems so far, that is in large part thanks to Jones and fellow Heisman contender, wide receiver DeVonta Smith.
The Crimson Tide’s 9-0 record has been pioneered by Jones’ 27 touchdown passes, good for third in the nation, and his 96.3 QBR, which tops the nation’s rankings.
Over the team’s last five games, Jones has thrown 15 touchdowns and just one interception. In the same timespan, he has had three 300-yard plus games. Most recently, he put on a masterful display against defending national champions, LSU. The performance featured totals of 385 passing yards, four touchdowns, and a 71.4 completion percentage. Jones has just three interceptions to his name too, proving that the only people that get their hands on his throws are dressed in crimson and white.
Rivaling his numbers is Trask, who has not thrown an interception in over a month. Trask has matched Jones with just three total interceptions in the entire season as well, proving that his ball security is among the best in the country.
The senior’s QBR sits at 92.7, which is the third best in the FBS. His touchdown total of 38 and his 3,243 passing yards rank first and second in the country respectively. Both of those numbers are better than Jones’ numbers, which could give him a slight edge if they hold.
Where Trask falters in comparison is in the wins and losses column. The Gators dropped a game in October to Texas A&M by a final score of 41-38. Trask was sacked just once in the game and didn’t turn the ball over, but a loss goes a long way in a Heisman race this close.
A looming SEC Championship contest could not only secure either Alabama or Florida a spot in the College Football Playoff, but it could also pay dividends when it comes time to crown a Heisman winner.
Regardless of what the state of your favorite college program is, be sure to keep an eye on a fantastic battle for the Heisman Trophy as the season’s end quickly approaches.