Heisman Trophy Winner 2019: Can Anyone Beat Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts to College Football Award?

The college football season is only three games young but the same old truths have been reaffirmed.

Clemson and Alabama look nigh-on impossible to stop, while Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma are legitimate playoff candidates.

If teams have lived up to expectations, the same can be said for Heisman Trophy contenders.

Unsurprisingly, quarterbacks lead the race for the award, with Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts and Joe Burrow the three runaway favorites so far.

Tagovailoa began the season as a joint-favorite along Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence to win the Heisman Trophy and now leads the race as 2/1 favorite.

The Alabama signal caller is 3-0 this season and had an incredible performance in Week 3, throwing for a career-best 444 yards and five touchdowns against South Carolina. The junior quarterback has already racked up 1,007 yards with 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Hurts, who lost his starting spot in Alabama to Tagovailoa last season, follows his former teammate at 3/1.

The senior quarterback has been unstoppable since transferring to Oklahoma from Alabama in the offseason. Hurts has 880 passing yards and nine touchdowns in the first three games of the season, to which he has added a scarcely believable 373 rushing yards and four scores on the ground.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up before their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 14 in Columbia, South Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty

To put it another way, Hurts leads the Sooners in both passing and rushing yards after three games.

Against UCLA on Saturday, Hurts became the first Oklahoma quarterback to pass for 200 yards and rush for 100 yards in the first half. If he keeps up this level of performance, Hurts could rewrite a few records.

"I think that he's a special player," UCLA coach Chip Kelly was quoted as saying by ESPN on Saturday.

"He's as good as I've ever had the opportunity to coach against. I'd put Jalen Hurts and Kyler Murray, who we'd played against last year, and Andrew Luck as the three [best] quarterbacks who I've coached against."

At 4/1, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the third-favorite to land the Heisman Trophy. Of the top six favorites, he is also the one who had the longest odds at the beginning of the season, when he was an 18/1 outsider.

The odds, however, have shrunk at the same breakneck speed the Ohio native runs his offense. Burrow has 1,122 passing yards and 11 touchdowns through the first three games, during which he has completed 83.3 percent of passes.

"This is who we are as an offense," he said after LSU routed Northwestern State 65-14 on Saturday. "We are going to take our quick passes and our deep shots and that is going to continue to work well for us."

Lawrence started the campaign as joint-favorite, but he has seen his odds lengthen from 3/1 to 15/2.

The Clemson quarterback hasn't done much wrong—although he does have five interceptions already—but his performances haven't been quite as stratospheric as those of his main rivals.

The sophomore finished with a career-best 395 passing yards against Syracuse on Saturday and has five touchdowns and 831 passing yards through the first three games.

Justin Fields rounds up the top-five favorites after his odds shortened from 16/1 to 10/1. The Ohio State quarterback has hit the ground running since transferring to the Buckeyes from Georgia in the offseason.

Fields has 657 passing yards in the first three games of the season with nine touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a quarterback rating of 92.9, the third-highest in college football behind Hurts and Tagovailoa.

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