The season is almost upon us. If you enjoy following the Heisman race, or if you are a Heisman voter, here are the games you must watch:
UCLA at Virginia – Brett Hundley showcases his talents to the East Coast.
West Virginia vs. Alabama – We get our first peek at the new Bama offense under Lane Kiffin. Will either Derrick Henry or TJ Yeldon emerge?
Wisconsin vs. LSU – Melvin Gordon gets a chance to show his stuff vs. an SEC defense. Is this when Leonard Fournette breaks out, too?
Clemson at Georgia – Todd Gurley has a chance to get off to a great start in a high-profile matchup against the Tigers.
Florida State vs. Oklahoma State – Will defending Heisman winner Jameis Winston challenge for that second Heisman? This game could help reveal how close he’ll come.
USC at Stanford – If either USC or Stanford is to have a Heisman contender emerge, it will likely come out of this game.
Michigan State at Oregon – Marcus Mariota and the explosive Oregon offense vs. the stingy Spartans defense. What more can you ask for?
Georgia at South Carolina – If Gurley can put up back-to-back 100-yard efforts in wins versus Clemson and South Carolina, he’ll vault into the upper echelon of Heisman candidates.
Tennessee at Oklahoma – This is a curious matchup that will give us a good look at how much Trevor Knight has progressed since last season.
UCLA vs. Texas – Hundley needs a big game against Texas to stay in the middle of the early Heisman conversation.
Auburn at Kansas State – Nick Marshall and the Tigers get a tough opponent on a Thursday night in Manhattan.
Clemson at Florida State – If any team in the ACC is going to stop FSU, it might be the Tigers.
Florida at Alabama – By this point, we should know which Bama running back is taking charge. And maybe Jeff Driskel shows signs of life.
UCLA at Arizona State – It doesn’t get any easier for Hundley and UCLA. This is a tough Thursday night matchup.
LSU at Auburn – Marshall will try to exact revenge for last year’s loss. Meanwhile, Fournette’s candidacy has a chance to take off.
Baylor at Texas – Bryce Petty should have outstanding statistics at this point. Beating Texas will help to validate them.
Marshall at Old Dominion – A great chance to see Heisman candidates Rakeem Cato and Taylor Heinicke in the same game.
Stanford at Notre Dame – Could this be where Everett Golson’s Heisman hopes blossom?
Nebraska at Michigan State – If Ameer Abdullah is going to challenge for the Heisman, he’ll have to prove himself here.
Oregon at UCLA – Mariota and Hundley square off. The winner should emerge as the Pac-12′s leading Heisman candidate.
Texas vs. Oklahoma – This traditional rivalry showdown could be where Knight’s campaign gains traction.
Auburn at Mississippi State – Marshall takes it on the road against what should be a quality opponent. Does Dak Prescott make a little noise here?
Notre Dame at Florida State – A classic matchup like this should do a lot to help or hinder Winston’s repeat chances.
Washington at Oregon – The Ducks host the dangerous Huskies a week after playing the Bruins.
Kansas State at Oklahoma – This will be a tough test for Knight.
South Carolina at Auburn – Could Gamecocks running back Mike Davis emerge and make a late run at the trophy?
Ole Miss at LSU – By this time, we should know whether Fournette really is that rare true freshman who can compete for the Heisman.
Ohio State at Penn State – If Christian Hackenberg has a breakout season, this could be where he makes the most noise.
Stanford at Oregon – Can Mariota finally beat his nemesis?
Auburn at Ole Miss – Marshall will need to avoid a letdown against the Rebels to have a shot.
Florida vs. Georgia – A traditional matchup for Gurley to impress voters. Would help more if the Gators were any good.
Alabama at LSU – This could be a battle young superstar running backs named Henry and Fournette.
Baylor at Oklahoma – Petty can’t win the Heisman without beating OU.
Texas A&M at Auburn – We should see lots of scoring in this one. Marshall has a chance to have a huge game.
UCLA at Washington – Hundley in a tough environment in early November. Look out for rain.
Auburn at Georgia – Marshall vs. Gurley. Can the Dawgs bounce back from last year’s heartbreaker?
Nebraska at Wisconsin – Abdullah vs. Gordon. Winner carries Big Ten’s Heisman mantle going forward.
USC at UCLA – Hundley with yet another high-stakes matchup. Perhaps Javorious Allen has emerged by this point, too.
Stanford at UCLA – Hundley nears the end of his season-long gauntlet by playing against the Pac-12′s most physical team.
Auburn at Alabama – If Marshall caps his season with another win over the Tide, he could be on his way to NYC.
Oregon at Oregon State – Rivalry games are tricky. Mariota needs to be at the top of his game if he wants to stay in contention.
Notre Dame at USC – College football’s greatest intersectional rivalry could feature a couple Heisman dark horses.
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma – Bedlam has played an important role in the Heisman race over the last decade or so.
Kansas State at Baylor – With no Big 12 title game in place, this is Petty’s last chance to impress voters.
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