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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws on the run for a completed pass during the first half against Northwestern State in Tiger Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

THE HEISMAN RACE

TUA TAGOVAILOA

ALABAMA JUNIOR QB

HIS CASE: Bama’s defense had its struggles at South Carolina, but Tua couldn’t be stopped. He threw for a career-high 444 yards and tied his personal best with five touchdown passes in a 47-23 win. Still weeks from a real test, though.

ODDS: 2/1

THIS WEEK: Saturday vs. Southern Miss (11 a.m., ESPN2)

JALEN HURTS

OKLAHOMA SENIOR QB

HIS CASE: The Sooners’ trip to UCLA looked like a great matchup when scheduled, but was merely another showcase for Hurts. The nation’s top dual-threat quarterback piled up 439 total yards (289 passing, 150 rushing) and four TDs in a 48-14 romp.

ODDS: 3/1

NEXT GAME: Sept. 28 vs. Texas Tech (TBD)

JOE BURROW

LSU SENIOR QB

HIS CASE: LSU had a bumpy road early against Northwestern State, but Burrow was on cruise control throughout. He passed for 373 yards and two TDs in 2½ quarters and leads the SEC in passing yards (374.0 ypg) and passing efficiency (223.9).

ODDS: 4/1

NEXT GAME: Saturday at Vanderbilt (11 a.m., SEC Network)

ON THE RADAR: Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, Soph; Ohio State QB Justin Fields, Soph.; Georgia QB Jake Fromm, Jr.; Oregon QB Justin Herbert, Sr.

Odds: BetOnline.ag

Email Scott Rabalais at srabalais@theadvocate.com