Alabama sophomore QB
His case: As Leonard Fournette could tell Tagovailoa, being the Heisman frontrunner is a hard slog. Tua has looked mortal against LSU and Mississippi State and his knee is injured again. Nick Saban stubbornly says he has no plans to rest Tua this week.
Next game: Saturday vs. The Citadel (11 a.m., SEC Network)
Oklahoma junior QB
His case: Murray is surging, on pace to smash Baker Mayfield’s FBS passing efficiency record from 2017 – and Mayfield won the Heisman. The fact that Murray can’t rely on a strong defense as Tua does may also work to his favor.
Next game: Saturday vs. Kansas (6:30 p.m., Fox)
West Virginia senior QB
His case: If Grier can steer West Virginia to the Big 12 title and into the playoffs, it would likely be at Murray’s expense. That may play well with voters, who watched him post a three-TD pass game Saturday for the eighth time.
Next game: Saturday at Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
On the radar: Clemson RB Travis Etienne, So.; Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, So.; Michigan QB Shea Patterson, Jr.; Penn State QB Trace McSorley, Sr.; Washington State QB Gardner Minshew, Sr.