The preseason narrative that 2017 would be the Year of the Quarterback? That was as inaccurate as so many passes from some of the best QBs. USC's Sam Darnold has served up too many turnovers (10 picks), UCLA's Josh Rosen has done the same (eight), and preseason sleepers Jarrett Stidham of Auburn and Josh Allen from Wyoming have underwhelmed. While Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (2,347 yards, 19 TDs, 2 INTs) is having a season worthy of a statue, SI's Heisman watch is otherwise packed with running backs. Here are the odds on the top five as the trophy race heads for the homestretch.
SAQUON BARKLEY, Penn State
The country's most versatile back has 1,478 all-purpose yards, with five catches of 40 yards or more. Two other RBs on this list—Love and Taylor—have six catches combined.
BRYCE LOVE, Stanford
The Cardinal's start times don't help his cause, but he has three marquee games (Washington State, Washington and Notre Dame) in which to make his case.
JOSH ADAMS, Notre Dame
An underrated Irish player? Don't roll your eyes. The 6'2", 225-pound junior—who has six carries of 60 yards or longer—is the best back at South Bend in at least a decade.
JONATHAN TAYLOR, Wisconsin
The nation's best freshman is a 5'11", 214-pound former high school sprint champ. Taylor has played seven games; in three of them he has run for more than 200 yards.
RASHAAD PENNY, San Diego State
With 191.3 all-purpose yards per game—against Pac-12 opponents, that number swells to 279.5—the 5'11", 220-pound senior trails only Barkley and Love.