Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett is leading an undefeated Buckeyes team to weekly blowouts. But it seems he’ll still have to chase down Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, even after the Cardinals’ loss, to win the Heisman Trophy.
The Louisville quarterback is still seen as the huge Heisman favorite after he picked up 457 offensive yards in the thrilling 42-36 loss at Clemson. USA Today’s voters gave Jackson 26 first-place votes, dwarfing the competition.
Though Clemson QB Deshaun Watson had three first-place votes to Barrett’s one, the Ohio State quarterback had the slight edge in total points on Watson, 43 to 39. Jackson had 84 points.
This brings up the question: Can Barrett do enough to catch Jackson? If Ohio State remains unbeaten, the Buckeyes star will not drop, if at all, in Heisman positioning. But if Louisville wins out, Jackson’s numbers will probably be so ridiculous, he’ll be difficult to deny.
Here’s a look at where Barrett and Jackson currently are with their season statistics:
- Barrett: 70-for-102 passing, 888 yards, 14 TD, 2 INTs with 205 rushing yards, 3 TDs
- Jackson: 101-170 passing for 1,625 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs with 688 rushing yards, 14 TDs
Jackson already has the leading spot and much bigger stats — Ohio State routs mean the Buckeyes haven’t needed Barrett to play full games.
Jackson will be tough to beat.