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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa drops back to pass against Arkansas in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tua Tagovailoa and Dwayne Haskins continue to set the pace during the Heisman Trophy race. Check out our latest Heisman Watch:


Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

The Buzz: It’s almost unfathomable the top Heisman candidate hasn’t played in the fourth quarter during the first half of the season, but that’s exactly what’s happened with former Saint Louis quarterback Tagovailoa. And why should he play late in games? Alabama has outscored opponents 238-34 in the first half of contests so far this season. Tagovailoa has completed more than 75 percent of his 101 passes for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. His passing efficiency rating of 258.4 leads the nation. This week, he faces a Missouri team that ranks near the bottom of the SEC in total defense.

Next game: vs. Missouri, Saturday


Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

The Buzz: Ohio State survived a tough challenge this past week against a pesky Indiana team thanks to a career-best day by Haskins. The sophomore set several personal records against the Hoosiers, including attempts (44), completions (33), passing yards (455) and passing touchdowns (6). His 25 touchdown passes leads the country and, according to the school, he’s the first quarterback in Big Ten history to have three games with at least five touchdowns passes. Haskins is 15 touchdown passes shy of breaking Drew Brees’ single-season mark of 39 touchdown passes. The challenge he’ll face this week is a Minnesota team that’s only allowed eight touchdown passes all season.

Next game: vs. Minnesota, Saturday


Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

The Buzz: Murray suffered his first loss as the Sooners starting quarterback through no fault of his own after combining for 396 total yards of offense with five total touchdowns. It was the fourth game this season in which Murray has passed for more than 300 yards in a game. He enters the bye week tied for second in the nation in points responsible for with Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins with 156 and is second in the country in passing efficiency (227.8) behind Tagovailoa.

Next game: at TCU, Oct. 20


Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

The Buzz: It was a mixed-bag sort of performance for Grier last week against Kansas. The Mountaineers quarterback completed a season-high 28 passes for 332 yards and four touchdowns, but the senior also threw a season-high three interceptions — all in the red zone — while leading the team to a 38-22 win over Kansas. It was Grier’s fifth consecutive game with at least 300 passing yards and the ninth time he’s thrown for at least four touchdowns. Grier is one of just four quarterbacks to have at least 20 touchdown passes this season. He’ll get a big test on the road against a challenging Iowa State team.

Next game: at Iowa State, Saturday


McKenzie Milton, QB, UCF

The Buzz: UCF continued its impressive start to the season as former Mililani quarterback Milton helped extend the Knights’ nation-leading win streak to 18 games with a 48-20 victory over SMU last week. The junior passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns, extending his streak of games with at least one touchdown pass to 19. His 20 total touchdowns are ahead of his pace from last season. The Knights hit the road for the first time since Aug. 30 and face a Memphis team that’s allowed just seven touchdown passes so far this season.

Next game: at Memphis, Saturday

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