ESPN: Bryce Love is closing the gap on Saquon Barkley's Heisman lead

Saquon Barkley is, at the moment, the clear Heisman Trophy favorite.

Penn State’s star running back has 649 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, with 395 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, leading the undefeated Nittany Lions.

Another running back is “closing the gap” on him, though.

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10. Alabama Crimson Tide

Sure, the Crimson Tide are No. 1, but this has become the norm for Alabama fans. At some point, they get a little numb to all of the success. Still, they’re very happy.

9. Virginia Tech Hokies

How about the Hokies so far this season? Virginia Tech has surged into the top 20 and the Blacksburg, Va. faithful have to be thrilled with their post-Frank Beamer program.

8. Miami Hurricanes

The loss to Florida State surely dampens The U fan base’s mindset, but Mark Richt has re-energized this program.

7. Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers entered the season with pretty good expectations, but the brutal schedule had many people thinking this year could be a real struggle. So far, it hasn’t been. Wisconsin’s a top 10 team and the Badgers’ fans have to be ecstatic.

6. Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols could easily jump to No. 1 on this list if they can pull off a win (vs. Alabama) this weekend.

3. Texas A&M Aggies

The Aggies are probably the college football team that has most-surpassed its preseason expectations. Even the most-optimistic of Texas A&M fans likely couldn’t have predicted this start.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes entered the season with cautious optimism – they had to replace a ton of NFL talent, after all – and so far, they’ve looked every bit the part of a national title-caliber team.


Stanford’s Bryce Love got 3 of the 12 first-place votes on ESPN’s latest Heisman Trophy favorite.

Here’s the current poll:

Saquon BarkleyRBPenn StateJr.9210056
Bryce LoveRBStanfordJr.3810050
Baker MayfieldQBOklahomaSr.0174033
Luke FalkQBWashington StateSr.0114217
Rashaad PennyRBSan Diego StateSr.0021715


Love has the most-impressive stats of anyone in college football, totaling 1,240 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns through six games. He’s on pace for a 2,000-plus yard season.


You can view ESPN’s full poll here.

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