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ESPN Releases Its Week 10 Heisman Trophy Poll

Chase Young rushes the passer for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 18: Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to rush the quarterback against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 18, 2019 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

One month of the 2019 regular season remains, and the Heisman Trophy race is heating up. ESPN has updated its weekly Heisman poll.

Each week, 10 writers tally their votes for the Heisman. Entering Week 10, there has been a major change in the top five.

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young has vaulted all the way to No. 3, behind LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. Young has been the best overall player in college football this season, dominating opponents on a weekly basis.

There's no doubt that the Heisman is an offensive award, and typically a quarterback award. Still, Young is making a compelling case for being the first winner on the defensive side since Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997.

Here is ESPN's current Heisman top five:

  1. LSU QB Joe Burrow
  2. Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts
  3. Ohio State DE Chase Young
  4. Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
  5. Ohio State QB Justin Fields

The upcoming Alabama-LSU game on November 9 will be a major test for Burrow. If he plays well and LSU wins, the Heisman could be wrapped up that day.

Tagovailoa has slipped in ESPN's polling, partially because of Young's rise and also because he got injured. If he can return to the field for the LSU game and plays well, he might be able to make a late run at the top prize.

As for Hurts, he's been tremendous, but we'll see how much Oklahoma's upset loss at Kansas State affects his Heisman stock.