The Heisman Trophy is one of the most prestigious awards of all time, and it is given out to the best college football player in the country each season. This is also one of the awards that stir up the most debate and discussion during the college football season.

Five Heisman Trophy Frontrunners

Here are five of the frontrunners, in order, after five weeks of college football games have been completed.

1. Bryce Young, Alabama

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The Heisman Trophy doesn’t always go to the best player on the best team, but that certainly helps when building a resume. Quarterback Bryce Young has the Alabama Crimson Tide as the top-ranked team in the country, and he has put up some monster stats as well.

Young has thrown for 1,365 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, and he has done that while throwing just two interceptions. He is completing 73 percent of his passes, and he just completely overwhelms and frustrates opposing defenses.

If Alabama continues to dominate opponents then it will be hard for someone other than Young to win the award.

2. Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

Heisman Trophy Desmond Ridder

Desmond Ridder burst onto the scene a season ago as the quarterback of Cincinnati, and he has followed that up with a great start in 2021. Ridder just led his Bearcats team to an upset win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and his stock has never been higher.

Cincinnati is going to have to keep winning games to keep Ridder in the conversation, but there is no doubt that he is worthy. Ridder has thrown for 1,045 yards and nine touchdowns this season, and he can also make some big plays with his legs.

3. Bijan Robinson, Texas

It’s typically hard for running backs to win the Heisman Trophy Award as quarterbacks tend to get all of the praise. That could be the case again this season, but Bijan Robinson is easily the best running back in the country.

Robinson has 105 carries for 652 yards this season, which is good enough for an average of 6.2 yards per carry. Texas leans heavily on Robinson when they have the ball, and he has been nearly impossible to slow down up to this point.

4. Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma

Oklahoma has a history of producing Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, and there could be another winner this season. Spencer Rattler continues to put up some ridiculous numbers for the Sooners, and he could have them back in the College Football Playoff.

Rattler has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, but he does have four interceptions. There hasn’t really been a huge breakout game yet from Rattler, but that could come later against some weaker Big 12 Conference defenses.

5. CJ Stroud, Ohio State

The Ohio State Buckeyes were upset by the Oregon Ducks just two weeks ago, and that is going to hurt the resume for CJ Stroud. If Ohio State is able to win all of their remaining games then the resume for Stroud will continue to get better.

Stroud has thrown for 1,293 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, and he is going to continue to light up opposing defenses. The Big Ten Conference might be the best in the country this season, and that could help him gain some recognition.


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