We haven't even hit the first bowl game of the 2015-16 postseason schedule, but we're already looking towards next year and the superstars set to dominate the college football landscape. Here's our list of the 5 Favorites To Win The 2016 Heisman Trophy.
RB Leonard Fournette -- LSU Tigers
With 2015 Heisman winner Derrick Henry likely to be playing on Sundays next year, Leonard Fournette will once again assume the mantle as the SEC's premier back. He rushed for 150 yards or more in eight of LSU's 11 games this year, breaking LSU's single-season rushing mark in the process. Don't count LSU's three-game losing streak against him. He's Heisman level through and through.
QB Baker Mayfield -- Oklahoma Sooners
Mayfield didn't get an invite to New York this year, but it's not for a lack of production. He led Oklahoma out of the wilderness after an upset loss to rival Texas, navigating the Sooners through the toughest closing schedule in the nation and into the College Football Playoff. Doing damage with both his arms and legs, Mayfield's got a chance to follow his dream season in 2015 with some Heisman hardware in 2016.
RB Christian McCaffrey -- Stanford Cardinal
McCaffrey has already obliterated Barry Sanders' all-purpose yardage record by nearly 250 yards, and there's still a bowl game to pad his 3,496 so far. No player in the nation does more in all three facets of the game (offense, defense and special teams) than McCaffrey. Even with a new quarterback set to take over after Kevin Hogan's graduation, he'll have the Cardinal in the CFP chase next year.
QB Deshaun Watson -- Clemson Tigers
Watson led Clemson to their first undefeated regular season since the program's 1981 title run, making opposing defense look silly both on the run and through the air. The Tigers wouldn't have challenged for an ACC title without him, let alone a national championship. He's the most dynamic QB nation right now, and he'll hold that same designation in 2016.
QB JT Barrett -- Ohio State Buckeyes
This year's QB controversy in Columbus has done Barrett's casual fan stock no favors, but don't be fooled -- this kid's got the guts, the talent and the on-field awareness to bounce back in Heisman fashion next year. Cardale Jones' likely departure will leave Barrett in unquestioned starter mode in 2016, and he'll have the weapons to push OSU back into the College Football Playoff and push himself into the Heisman conversation.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed