Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch: Take a wild guess who’s on top _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette walks off the field after the Tigers beat Florida 35-28 on Oct. 17 in Tiger Stadium.

Each week, The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, takes the pulse of the race for college football’s most prestigious award. This year’s Heisman will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 on ESPN.

NATIONAL WATCHES

ESPN (Poll of 10 voters on ESPN’s staff)

1. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 50 points (10 first-place votes)

2. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU: 39 points

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr., RB, Ohio State: 14 points

4. Corey Coleman, Jr., WR, Baylor: 11 points

4. Dalvin Cook, So., RB, Florida State: 11 points

4. Derrick Henry, Jr., RB, Alabama: 11 points

CBSSports.com (Consensus of seven staff members)

1. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 35 points (seven first-place)

2. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU: 25 points

3. Dalvin Cook, So., RB, Florida State: 13 points

4. Corey Coleman, Jr., WR, Baylor: 9 points

5. Christian McCaffrey, So., RB, Stanford: 7 points

USA Today (Survey of 30 Heisman voters who work for Gannett)

1. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 87 points (27 first-place)

2. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU: 60 points (three first-place)

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr., RB, Ohio State: 11 points

4. Dalvin Cook, So., RB, Florida State: 7 points

5. Derrick Henry, Jr., RB, Alabama: 6 points

Bruce Feldman, FoxSports.com

1. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU

2. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU

3. Christian McCaffrey, So., RB, Stanford

4. Derrick Henry, Jr., RB, Alabama

5. Dalvin Cook, So., RB, Florida State

LEONARD FOURNETTE TALK

Sam Richmond, NCAA.com

Surprise, surprise. Fournette has been by far the best player in college football this season and has been the clear-cut Heisman favorite for the past month. The Heisman is undoubtedly his to lose at this point.

Alan Shipnuck, SI

He has old-school tastes, citing Ernie Davis and Jim Brown as inspirations, but he avoids direct comparisons: “It’s cool, but I would never say anything like that. All those guys are legends. Hopefully one day when I’m older, I can have a career like them, but for now I just want to be me.”

HEISMAN ODDS

1. Leonard Fournette: 1/2

2. Seth Russell, QB, Baylor: 11/2

3. Trevone Boykin: 17/2

4. Ezekiel Elliott: 16/1

5. Derrick Henry: 16/1

Source: Bovada