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ESPN Names Its Heisman Trophy Favorite For 2018 Season

Baker Mayfield with Lamar Jackson and Bryce Love at the Heisman trophy ceremony.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Lamar Jackson of Louisville (L), Bryce Love of Stanford and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma attend the press conference for the 2017 Heisman Trophy Presentation on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The college football season is nearly here. Before the season begins, college football analysts predict the winners of each conference, the College Football Playoff, and college football's top award - the Heisman.

On Friday morning, ESPN released its new predictions for the Heisman Trophy. Despite the run of quarterbacks lately (six of the last seven), ESPN is going with a running back to top the list.

Last year's runner-up sits at No. 1. It's Stanford running back Bryce Love who exploded for over 2,000 yards after taking over for Christian McCaffrey.

Here's the top five.

  1. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
  2. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
  3. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
  4. Will Grier, QB, WVU
  5. Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona

Ed Oliver is an interesting choice for the Heisman. Although he's been a dominant force since his freshman season. Oliver is a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft, but that doesn't make his case for the Heisman any easier.

Ndamukong Suh is the last defensive lineman to sit in the top five of Heisman voting - a feat he accomplished in 2009. Suh racked up 85 tackles, including 20.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks during that season.

You can see the full Heisman Watch list here.