This week, there were a number of changes and reassurances that came with the performance of several teams. Notably, the Alabama Crimson Tide demonstrated once again exactly why they are number 1, as they trounced the previous number 6 ranked school Texas A&M.

With this resounding victory, it has become abundantly clear that University of Alabama football is completely in a class of its own. It appears as if there is no stopping them, as the next ranked SEC team in the ranking is now Texas A&M at 9. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it should be a lock for them to appear in the College Football Playoffs, even if they potentially lose a game.

Although this SEC matchup only reassured their spot, another school that was positioning itself to appear in the playoff, The Ohio State University Buckeyes appear to have lost their positioning. With a loss to the Wisconsin Badgers who have already lost two games, they dropped five spots from 2 to 7. Once again though, they can very well move their way back in to the Playoff if they are able to defeat Michigan in the last week of the regular season, and then also win the Big Ten Championship.

  1. Alabama
  2. Michigan
  3. Clemson
  4. Louisville
  5. Washington
  6. West Virginia
  7. Ohio State
  8. Nebraska
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Baylor
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Florida
  13. Boise State
  14. Utah
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Florida State
  17. Auburn
  18. Tennessee
  19. Western Michigan
  20. North Carolina
  21. North Dakota State
  22. Navy
  23. Penn State
  24. Virginia Tech
  25. Colorado

Now in regards to our Heisman Trophy picks…

  1. Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
  2. Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
  3. Jake Browning QB Washington
  4. JT Barret QB Ohio State
  5. Jabril Peppers LB Michigan

Louisville Quarterback Lamar Jackson was the unanimous pick, with his stellar season thus far it certainly appears as if he would be well deserving of the honor. However, between Watson, Browning, and Barret, each certainly has his own very compelling case as to why they should win this year’s Heisman Trophy.

The wild card pick here is certainly Jabril Peppers of the University of Michigan. Peppers is a versatile athlete who can do so much more than just be a great defender. He has been a fantastic returner, receiver, and rusher. There is so much that he can do, if he has a couple strong outings where he is able to do all these things in big games, his case would be greatly helped.

At the end of the end, as the season begins to wind down the Heisman frontrunners will become more clear with big national games. There is still plenty of time for any of these athletes, or others to stand out.

What do you think? Is your team on the list? Let HYPELINE know in the comments!

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Jake Leahy is a Staff Writer for Hypeline News, frequent contributor on 560 the Answer in Chicago, and a student at Deerfield High School (IL). Follow him on Twitter @jakealeahy.


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