Updated: August 13, 2015, 9:03 AM ET
ESPN Experts' Poll
Aug. 13, 2015
|Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State||Jr.||6||2||0||1||0||40|
|J.T. Barrett||QB||Ohio State||So.||0||2||0||0||1||9|
|Connor Cook||QB||Mich. State||Sr.||0||0||0||0||2||2|
|Cardale Jones||QB||Ohio State||Jr.||0||0||0||1||0||2|
|Braxton Miller||WR||Ohio State||Sr.||0||0||0||1||0||2|
|Dak Prescott||QB||Miss. State||Sr.||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Scooby Wright III||LB||Arizona||Jr.||0||0||0||0||1||1|
ESPN experts: Andrea Adelson, Edward Aschoff, Brian Bennett, Rece Davis, Travis Haney, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Ted Miller, Mark Schlabach and Jake Trotter
Tracking the Candidates
Aug. 13, 2015
Elliott finished the 2014 season on a tear, rushing for more than 200 yards in each of his last three games while leading the Buckeyes to a national championship. His final tally for the season: 1,878 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.
Boykin came from relative anonymity to finish fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting last season, leading TCU to a 12-1 record and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win. He threw 33 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions, while rushing for 707 yards and another eight TDs.
After suspension and injury derailed Todd Gurley's 2014 season, then-freshman Chubb stepped into the spotlight and proved his worth, rushing for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. He saved his best for last, rushing for 266 yards and two TDs in the Bulldogs' Belk Bowl victory over Louisville.
Kessler followed up a solid 2013 season with a spectacular 2014, throwing for 3,826 yards and 39 touchdowns, while completing 70 percent of his passes and throwing just five interceptions.
Barrett, who threw 34 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions last season, finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting despite missing the Buckeyes' final three games because of a broken ankle. After being limited in the spring, Barrett is battling postseason hero Cardale Jones to start in 2015.
Recent Heisman Trophy Winners
|2013||Jameis Winston||Florida State|
|2012||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M|
|2006||Troy Smith||Ohio State|