All aboard the hype train, folks. The Heisman candidates made their season debuts this weekend, and from what we saw in Week 1, it's going to be an interesting race primed to go down to the wire.


Most of the Heisman favorites had an excellent start to their season with the exclusion of the actual favorite in Bryce Love (+650). Love couldn't seem to get it going against San Diego State, accumulating just 47 total yards on 21 touches. Naturally, the entire college football world was nervously thinking bust after Stanford's win.

​​In contrast, the other highest-favored player to win college football's most prestigious award, Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor (+650), had a great start to his 2018 campaign against Western Kentucky. The sophomore tailback ran over the Hilltoppers' defense with 145 yards and two touchdowns on just 18 carries. 


With a surprisingly-poor debut from Love, one would have to think Taylor has the slight edge over the Stanford halfback heading into Week 2. 

​​Not to be outdone, Heisman-favored quarterbacks also had stellar debuts of their own. Oklahoma's Kyler Murray (+1800) cemented his place among the Heisman favorites, shredding Florida Atlantic's secondary for 209 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 passes and nine completions. The Sooners' signal-caller also added another 23 yards on the ground. 


Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins (+1800) also put up some unreal numbers in the Buckeyes' 46-point rout over Oregon State, completing 22-of-30 attempts for 313 yards and five touchdowns.


However, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa (+1100) was the player that made the best case for the Heisman after a dominant performance over Louisville Saturday night. The now undisputed starter for the Crimson Tide bested the Cardinals' defense to the tune of 227 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and 26 yards with one touchdown on the ground. 


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