Another great weekend of college football produced some huge losses (sorry BYU and Oregon), crazy finishes and remarkable individual performances. This list focuses on the players who provided those great individual outings – the guys who stepped up to lead their respective teams while making a case to be included in the conversation as the best player in college football today.

Here is my ranking of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy after the fourth weekend.

Off the list

Devon Johnson, running back, senior, Marshall

Johnson didn’t have much of an impact as the Thundering Herd beat Kent State 36-29 in double-overtime. He finished with just five carries for 9 yards on the day. On the season, he has carried the ball 59 times for 390 yards and three touchdowns to go along with six catches for 63 yards and another score.

Corey Davis, wide receiver, junior, Western Michigan

Davis and the Broncos didn’t have any answers as they fell 38-12 to Ohio State. He recorded six catches for 42 yards. On the season, he has 24 receptions for 351 yards and three touchdowns.

Tanner Mangum, quarterback, freshman, BYU

Mangum had a disastrous afternoon as the Cougars got destroyed 31-0 by the Michigan Wolverines. In the loss, he completed just 12 of 28 passes for 55 yards. On the season, he has completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 719 yards and four touchdowns as well as a score on the ground.

Ray Lawry, running back, sophomore, Old Dominion

Lawry had a rough day as the Monarchs got thumped by Appalachian State 49-0. He finished with eight carries for just 22 yards. On the season, he has 475 yards and six touchdowns with 71 yards and a score as a receiver.

Braxton Miller, wide receiver, senior, Ohio State

Miller had a slow day as the Buckeyes beat Western Michigan 38-12. He had four carries for 11 yards to go along with two catches for 27 yards. On the season, he has 21 rushes for 136 yards and a touchdown with seven receptions for 122 yards and another score.

Just missed the cut

Tyler Boyd, wide receiver, junior, Pittsburgh

Boyd  and Pittsburgh had the week off to prepare for a tough ACC schedule. On the season, he has 21 catches for 226 yards and a score in two games.

Up next for the Panthers is a matchup with Virginia Tech.

Rashard Higgins, wide receiver, junior, Colorado State

Higgins had his second 100-yard receiving games in as many weeks as the Rams outlasted Texas San Antonio 33-31. He totaled five receptions for 103 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown. On the season, he has 20 catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns in three games.

Up next is a trip to face the Utah State Aggies on Saturday.

Jahad Thomas, running back, junior, Temple

Thomas and Temple had a bye after three impressive weeks. On the season, he has 80 carries for 394 yards and four touchdowns as well as seven receptions for 84 yards in three games. He also has a 100-yard kick return for a score.

Up next for the Owls is a matchup with Charlotte.

Roger Lewis, wide receiver, sophomore, Bowling Green

After back-to-back 200-yard receiving games, Lewis has a slower afternoon as the Falcons beat Purdue 35-28. In the win, he caught six passes for 49 yards. On the season, he has 30 catches for 559 yards and five touchdowns in four games.

Up next is a road test against Buffalo on Saturday.

Daniel Braverman, wide receiver, junior, Western Michigan

Braverman had his four consecutive double-digit reception game, but it wasn’t enough as the Broncos lost to Ohio State 38-12. He totaled 10 catches for 123 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown. On the season, he has caught 50 passes for 521 yards and four touchdowns in four games.

Up next is a week off before a matchup with Central Michigan.

Matt Johnson, quarterback, senior, Bowling Green

Johnson had another huge passing day as the Falcons improved to 2-2 on the season with a 35-28 victory over Purdue. He completed 43 of 59 passes for 402 yards and a score to go along with 11 carries for 58 yards. On the season, he has completed 64.7 percent of his throws for 1,760 yards and 13 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He has added 116 yards and another score on the ground in four games.

Up next is a matchup with Buffalo on Saturday.

The list

25. Royce Freeman, running back, sophomore, Oregon

Freeman had a solid showing even though the Ducks got embarrassed 62-20 by the Utah Utes. He had 14 carries for 77 yards and caught two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has carried the ball 69 times for 450 yards and five touchdowns as well as nine receptions for 101 yards and a score.

Up next for the Ducks is a road trip to face Colorado on Saturday.

24. Connor Cook, quarterback, senior,  Michigan State

Cook had a rough outing, but the Spartans had enough to hold off Central Michigan 30-10. He completed 11 of 19 passes for 143 yards and a score with 16 rushing yards. On the season, he has completed 58 percent of his throws for 838 yards and nine touchdowns with just one interception in four games.

Up next is a conference battle with Purdue on Saturday.

23. Deshaun Watson, quarterback, sophomore, Clemson

Watson and the Tigers had the week off to prepare for a very tough matchup. On the season, he has completed 74.4 percent of his passes for 641 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 93 yards rushing in three games.

Up next for the Tigers is a battle with Notre Dame.

22. Derrick Henry, running back, junior, Alabama

Henry didn’t have his best day as the Crimson Tide beat up Louisiana Monroe 34-0. He finished the day with 13 carries for 52 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run. On the season, he has carried the ball 67 times for 422 yards and eight touchdowns with seven catches for 51 yards in four games.

Up next is a matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.

21. Devontae Booker, running back, senior, Utah

Booker had an impressive all-around game as the Utes destroyed the Oregon Ducks 62-20. He carried the ball 22 times for 98 yards and caught a pass for 23 yards. He also completed a pass for a 25-yard touchdown. On the season, he has 106 carries for 443 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 15 receptions for 149 yards.

Up next is a week off before the undefeated Cal Bears come to town.

20. JuJu Smith-Schuster, wide receiver, sophomore, USC

Smith-Schuster has his third straight 100-yard receiving game as the Trojans hammered Arizona State 42-14. He caught five passes for 103 yards, including touchdown receptions of 4 and 10 yards. On the season, he has 27 receptions for 537 yards and six touchdowns.

Up next is bye week before a matchup with Washington.

19. Brandon Doughty, quarterback, senior, Western Kentucky

Doughty owned the day as the Hilltoppers came away with a 56-14 win over the RedHawks. Doughty completed 33 of 41 passes for 457 yards and six touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 74.2 percent of his throws for 1,591 yards and 11 touchdowns with two interceptions in four games.

Up next is a matchup with Rice on Saturday.

18. Dak Prescott, quarterback, senior, Mississippi State

Prescott had a nice showing as the Bulldogs beat Auburn 17-9. He completed 29 of 41 passes for 270 yards, including first-half touchdowns of 32 and 17 yards. On the season, he has completed 66.9 percent of his throws for 1,069 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with two rushing touchdowns.

Up next is a tough road test with Texas A&M.

17. Ezekiel Elliott, running back, junior, Ohio State

Elliott hit the century mark on the ground again as Ohio State beat Western Michigan 38-12. He carried the ball 16 times for 124 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown run. He added three catches for 29 yards. On the season, he has 77 carries for 455 yards and five touchdowns to go along with eight receptions for 51 yards.

Up next for the undefeated Buckeyes is a clash with Indiana on Saturday.

16. William Fuller, wide receiver, junior, Notre Dame

Fuller had a solid outing as the Fighting Irish hammered Massachusetts 62-27. He caught four passes for 57 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown. On the season, he has 22 catches for 454 yards and six touchdowns in four games.

Up next for Notre Dame is a battle with Clemson.

15. Paxton Lynch, quarterback, junior, Memphis

Lynch had a big-time performance as the Tigers outscored the Cincinnati Bearcats 53-46. On the night, he completed 24 of 36 passes for 412 yards and a pair of touchdowns to go along with 52 rushing yards. On the season, he has completed 73.5 percent of his throws for 1,230 yards and eight touchdowns without an interception in four games.

Up next for Memphis is a Friday night contest with South Florida

14. Paul Perkins, running back, senior, UCLA

Perkins had a big game as the Bruins crushed Arizona 56-30. He carried the ball 24 times for 85 yards, including touchdown runs of 1,1 and 16 yards. On the season, he has 82 carries for 514 yards and six touchdowns to go along with eight catches for 99 yards.

Up next is a matchup with Arizona State on Saturday.

13. Dalvin Cook, running back, sophomore, Florida State

Cook and the Seminoles had the week off to prepare for another ACC battle. On the season, he has 64 carries for 476 yards and five touchdowns in three games.

Up next for Florida State is a road test against Wake Forest.

12. Jordan Howard, running back, junior, Indiana

Howard had his fourth straight game with at least 140 yards on the ground as the Hoosiers improved to 4-0 with a 31-24 win over Wake Forest. He carried the ball 33 times for 168 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has 111 carries for 675 yards and four touchdowns to go along with six catches for 68 yards.

Up next is a tough test against Ohio State.

11. Cody Kessler, quarterback, senior, USC

Kessler had a huge performance as the Trojans knocked off Arizona State 42-14. He completed 19 of 33 passes for 375 yards and five touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 72.9 percent of his throws for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns with just one interception in four games.

Up next is bye week before a matchup with Washington.

10. Chad Kelly, quarterback, junior, Mississippi

Kelly had his third straight 300-yard passing game as the Rebels overcame Vanderbilt 27-16. He completed 24 of 42 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown. One the season, he has completed 61.7 percent of his throws for 1,219 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with three scores on the ground.

Up next is a trip to face the Florida Gators.

9. Seth Russell, quarterback, junior, Baylor

Russell had a big outing as the Bears hammered Rice 70-17. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 277 yards and six touchdowns before he was given the rest of the day off. On the season, he has completed 62.5 percent of his throws for 995 yards and 15 touchdowns in three games.

Up next is a battle with Texas Tech on Saturday.

8. Jared Goff, quarterback, junior, Cal

Goff had another nice showing as the Bears beat the Washington Huskies 30-24. He completed 24 of 40 passes for 342 yards, including touchdowns of 28 and 8 yards. On the season, he has completed 69.2 percent of his throws for 1,240 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Up next is a visit from Washington State on Saturday.

7. Baker Mayfield, quarterback, junior, Oklahoma

Mayfield and the Sooners had the week off to prepare for the start of Big 12 play. On the season, he has completed 67.3 percent of his throws for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with 139 yards and four scores on the ground in three games.

Up next for the Sooners is a tough test with West Virginia.

6. C.J. Prosise, running back, senior, Notre Dame

Prosise had his third big game in a row as the Fighting Irish dispatched Massachusetts 62-27. He registered 15 carries for 149 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 16 yards. On the season, he has carried the ball 74 times for 600 yards and six touchdowns.

Up next is a tough test against the Clemson Tigers.

5. Josh Doctson, wide receiver, senior, TCU

Doctson had an outstanding performance in a crazy TCU 55-52 win over Texas Tech. He caught 18 passes for 267 yards, including touchdown receptions of 9, 52 and 5 yards. On the season, he has 35 catches for 593 yards and six touchdowns in four games.

Up next is a huge Big 12 battle against Texas.

4. Nick Chubb, running back, sophomore, Georgia

Chubb found the end zone three times as the Bulldogs knocked of Southern 48-6. He finished the day with 15 carries for 131 yards and two scores to go along with a 24-yard touchdown-reception. On the season, he has carried the ball 71 times for 599 yards and six touchdowns with three catches for 37 yards and another score in four games.

Up next is a huge SEC battle with Alabama.

3. Corey Coleman, wide receiver, junior, Baylor

Coleman had another massive performance as the Bears crushed Rice 70-17. He finished with six catches for 100 yards, including first-half touchdowns of 16, 35 and 32 yards. He added three carries for 28 yards. On the season, he has caught 17 passes for 460 yards and eight touchdowns in three games.

Up next is a battle with Texas Tech on Saturday.

2. Trevone Boykin, quarterback, senior, TCU

Boykin had a massive showing as the Horned Frogs escaped with a come-from-behind 55-52 win over Texas Tech. He completed 34 of 54 passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 42 yards on the ground. On the season, he has completed 64.7 percent of his throws for 1,470 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also has 190 yards and two scores in the running game.

Up next is a matchup with the Texas Longhorns on Saturday.

1. Leonard Fournette, running back, sophomore, LSU 

Fournette had another monster game as the Tigers handed Syracuse its first loss on the season, In the 34-24 win, he carried the ball 26 times for 244 yards, including touchdown runs of 14 and 62 yards. On the season, he has 73 carries for 631 yards and eight touchdowns in three games.

Up next for LSU is a matchup with Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

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