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While some may have seen Week 8 as just another weekend of college football and another lead-padding performance in the Heisman odds for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the real Heisman race storyline lies well beyond Tuscaloosa. 

That's because the rest of the country will now have to focus on the three-way tie for second place behind the overwhelming favorite in determining whether any other Heisman-hopeful can actually catch Tagovailoa before late December

After weeks of trailing Tua with the second-best odds, Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins all but blew his shot at overtaking the Alabama star QB with an inexcusable beatdown loss to Purdue by 29 points Saturday night.

Interestingly enough, the Heisman is often won or lost in big moments on the biggest stages, and Haskins and staunch rival Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson are now tied for the second-best shot behind Tua, and the winner of the Week 12 clash could very well ride that wave into the award ceremony.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is also quietly nested in that +1400-odds tie, but he's going to need a huge finish to the regular season along with a Big 12 Championship win that features a rematch of the Red River Showdown against a one-loss Texas team to come close to earshot. 

It's a long shot, but anyone not named Tua Tagovailoa seems to really be grasping at straws in the Heisman race after Haskins' Week 9 blunder. 

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