It’s hard to believe that we are already in the month October with just over half the regular season left to play. Teams are starting to stick out as title contenders while some individual players have been rising to extraordinary levels. With that in mind, what better way to breakdown what’s occurred in the season’s first half than a Heisman poll?
Understand that this list will be backed up from past performances, stats, and odds to state each one their cases. Let’s get started.
5. Deshaun Watson
After throwing for 4,109 yards, scoring a total of 47 touchdowns and completing 67.8 percent of his passes as a sophomore in 2015. It was quite foreseen to jump onto the notion that Watson would enter 2016 as the nation’s preeminent Heisman front-runner. But through numerous mediocre performances in September, most notably in a Week 2 matchup with Troy where he completed only 50 percent of his passes and finished with a 6.5 QBR, so far Watson’s Heisman hype has been relatively kept in check.
Currently, Watson is sporting a middling 61.7 completion percentage and a 17:9 TD-INT ratio. For comparison’s sake, Watson’s nine interception mark alone through six weeks was 65 percent of the amount that Watson finished with all of last year. Still, the Clemson star might have ignited a spark after last week’s sterling campaign against Louisville, a game where he connected on 20 of his 31 passes for 306 yards and five touchdowns (two of them coming when the Tigers trailed early in the 4th quarter). For now, Watson has a lot of work to do in order to recapture his 3rd place Heisman finish a season ago. However, it appears that he’s slowly working his way up to being that superhuman quarterback we all envisioned at the start of the season.