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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looks for a receiver during the first half against LSU in Tiger Stadium on Saturday Nov. 3, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La.

THE HEISMAN RACE

TUA TAGOVAILOA

ALABAMA JUNIOR QB

HIS CASE: The preseason betting favorite narrowly over Trevor Lawrence, Tagovailoa spent most of 2018 as the Heisman frontrunner before his candidacy crashed in the SEC Championship Game. Voters will be quick to shift to Lawrence if Tua doesn’t measure up.

THIS WEEK: Saturday vs. Duke in Atlanta (2:30 p.m., ABC)

TREVOR LAWRENCE

CLEMSON SOPHOMORE QB

HIS CASE: Lawrence ran his record to 16-0 in a 52-14 romp over Georgia Tech. But he was just 13 of 23 for 168 yards with passing and rushing touchdowns and two interceptions. RB Travis Etienne was the star (12 carries, 205 yards, 3 TDs).

NEXT GAME: Sept. 7 vs. Texas A&M (2:30 p.m., ABC)

JUSTIN FIELDS

OHIO STATE SOPHOMORE QB

HIS CASE: A major player in the quarterback transfer merry-go-round, Fields left Georgia to take over at Ohio State for Dwayne Haskins, who prompted Joe Burrow to transfer to LSU. Fields opens with better Heisman odds than the guy who beat him out, Georgia’s Jake Fromm.

THIS WEEK: Saturday vs. FAU (11 a.m., Fox)

ON THE RADAR: Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts, Sr.; Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor, Jr.; Georgia QB Jake Fromm, Jr.

Email Scott Rabalais at srabalais@theadvocate.com