Ohio State is the No. 1 team in the country, and loaded with talent to match. Head coach Ryan Day thinks that he has at least three Heisman-caliber players on the roster.
College football’s most prestigious individual award is likely to go to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Two Buckeyes have come up for the award though.
Justin Fields has found himself in the Heisman race, at least according to odds on the award, for most of the year. He helped himself today in the win over Michigan, with a gutsy 302 yard, four touchdown performance, playing through an injury to make some really brilliant throws.
Chase Young may be the single most dominant player in the country at defensive end. He didn’t have the same eye-popping performance as last week against Penn State, but he got after Shea Patterson a bit and still takes up much of the offense’s focus whenever he’s on the field.
J.K. Dobbins hasn’t received as much Heisman attention as his teammates, but he has been one of the best running backs in the country all year, and blew up again today for 260 total yards and four touchdowns. He is a Doak Walker award finalist.
Ryan Day was asked about Heisman voting, and as far as he’s concerned, all three should head to New York.
OSU coach Ryan Day asked who his best Heisman Trophy candidate is: "I'll say this: All three of them played great today. All three of them deserve to be in New York and I'll let everybody make a decision on what they think."
— Nathan Baird (@nwbaird) November 30, 2019
We’ll see if any of them ultimately do, but even if Ohio State is totally snubbed by the list of finalists, it is hard to find a team that match their consistency or raw talent.
Seeing Fields, Young, Dobbins, and the rest of the Buckeyes face the likes of LSU, Clemson, or whomever in the College Football Playoff will be an absolute treat, assuming they beat the Wisconsin-Minnesota winner next weekend.