Penn State junior RB
His case: Still the betting favorite, but the gap between Barkley and the field closed after the Nittany Lions’ 39-38 loss Saturday at Ohio State. Barkley had that opening kickoff return for a touchdown, but that blown lead leaves a big stain.
This week: Saturday at Michigan State (11 a.m., Fox)
Stanford junior RB
His case: Love (ankle) didn’t play in the Cardinal’s narrow win at Oregon State, denting his Heisman hopes. But with Barkley doing little against Ohio State and Love still leading the FBS with 198.1 ypg rushing, the Stanford junior is still in the mix.
This week: Saturday at Washington State (2:30 p.m., Fox)
Ohio State senior QB
His case: Much of Barkley’s lost support swung to Barrett for leading the Buckeyes over Penn State. His season numbers (2,166 yards passing, 25 TDs) are great, but even greater was his fourth quarter (13-for-13 passing, 3 TDs) against Penn State.
This week: Saturday at Iowa (2:30 p.m., ESPN)
On the radar: Notre Dame RB Josh Adams, Jr.; Alabama QB Jalen Hurts, So.; Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, Jr.; Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, Sr.