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Heisman Watch: Mac Jones passes Kyle Trask as betting favorite

The quarterbacks for Alabama and Florida will meet in the SEC championship. The Heisman likely will be decided that day, too.
Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask is still one of the top candidates to win the Heisman Trophy.
Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask is still one of the top candidates to win the Heisman Trophy. [ LYNNE SLADKY | Associated Press ]
Published Dec. 8, 2020
Updated Dec. 8, 2020

With No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Florida both winning last weekend, the SEC championship has officially become a showcase for the top two Heisman Trophy candidates: Gators quarterback Kyle Trask and the Crimson Tide’s Mac Jones.

Jones (4/7 odds) has passed Trask as the favorite (5/4), according to betonline.ag. Here’s our latest look at how Trask stacks up against Jones and the rest of the field as he tries to become the fourth Heisman winner in UF history:

Related: How oddsmakers view the Heisman race between Kyle Trask and Mac Jones

Kyle Trask, Florida quarterback (nine games)

Kyle Trask threw for four touchdowns and no interceptions in a win at Tennessee.
Kyle Trask threw for four touchdowns and no interceptions in a win at Tennessee. [ RANDY SARTIN | AP ]

Touchdown passes: 38 (first nationally)

Interceptions: 3

Completion percentage: 71.4 (eighth)

Yards per attempt: 10.1 (ninth)

Passing efficiency: 193.11 (fifth)

Rushing: 39 carries, 78 yards, 0 TDs

Total yards per game: 369.0 (third)

Of note: UF’s first Heisman winner (Steve Spurrier) won the award thanks in part to his field goal to beat Auburn. Maybe Trask’s pooch punt inside the 5 will help his case? Regardless, he needs two touchdown passes against LSU to pass Danny Wuerffel for the highest single-season total in UF history.

Related: Why Florida’s Kyle Trask is a game-managing star

Mac Jones, Alabama quarterback (nine games)

Alabama star Mac Jones passed for 385 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout win over LSU.
Alabama star Mac Jones passed for 385 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout win over LSU. [ MATTHEW HINTON | AP ]

Touchdown passes: 27 (T-third)

Interceptions: 3

Completion percentage: 75.7 (second)

Yards per attempt: 12.2 (second)

Passing efficiency: 210.83 (second)

Rushing: 22 carries, minus-3 yards, 1 TD

Total yards per game: 345.6 (sixth)

Of note: Remember how dominant LSU’s Joe Burrow was last season? Jones’ passing efficiency is on pace to shatter Burrow’s SEC record (201.96).

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson quarterback (eight games)

Clemson phenom Trevor Lawrence is the most talented player in the game, but he doesn't have eye-popping stats to match.
Clemson phenom Trevor Lawrence is the most talented player in the game, but he doesn't have eye-popping stats to match. [ MATT GENTRY | THE ROANOKE TIMES | AP ]

Touchdown passes: 20 (T-12th)

Interceptions: 3

Completion percentage: 69.2 (13th)

Yards per attempt: 9.7 (T-10th)

Passing efficiency: 174.88 (12th)

Rushing: 44 carries, 121 yards, 6 TDs

Total yards per game: 319.0 (13th)

Of note: Lawrence’s numbers continue to be very good but not great after passing for one touchdown and 195 yards in a blowout win at Virginia Tech. His case remains reliant on the highlights that showcase his once-in-a-generation arm.

Justin Fields, Ohio State quarterback (five games)

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields returned with his depleted Buckeyes to blow out Michigan State.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields returned with his depleted Buckeyes to blow out Michigan State. [ AL GOLDIS | AP ]

Touchdown passes: 15 (T-32nd)

Interceptions: 3

Completion percentage: 78.1 (first)

Yards per attempt: 10.3 (eighth)

Passing efficiency: 196.12 (fourth)

Rushing: 55 carries, 239 yards, 5 TDs

Total yards per game: 329.2 (seventh)

Of note: His completion percentage is 1.4 points better than the NCAA Division I-A record set by Texas’ Colt McCoy in 2008. But Fields and Ohio State will miss out on another chance to impress this week with the Michigan game canceled (coronavirus outbreak).

Zach Wilson, BYU quarterback (10 games)

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson probably saw his Heisman hopes end with a loss at Coastal Carolina.
BYU quarterback Zach Wilson probably saw his Heisman hopes end with a loss at Coastal Carolina. [ BRENT RIVERS | AP ]

Touchdown passes: 27 (T-third)

Interceptions: 3

Completion percentage: 73.0 (fifth)

Yards per attempt: 11.1 (third)

Passing efficiency: 197.40 (third)

Rushing: 61 carries, 246 yards, 8 TDs

Total yards per game: 321.0 (11th)

Of note: Wilson remains one of the most exciting players in the country. But losing at Coastal Carolina probably torpedoed his chances.

DeVonta Smith, Alabama receiver (nine games)

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith might be the Crimson Tide's best player, over quarterback Mac Jones.
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith might be the Crimson Tide's best player, over quarterback Mac Jones. [ MATTHEW HINTON | AP ]

Receptions: 80 (second)

Touchdown catches: 15 (T-first)

Yards per catch: 16.31 (72nd)

Yards per game: 145.0 (second)

Of note: Smith’s 219 first-half yards against LSU marked the fourth time this season he has topped 100 yards through two quarters. His 677 yards after the catch are 171 more than any other player in the country.

Kyle Pitts, Florida tight end (seven games)

Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts caught seven passes for 128 yards in a win over Tennessee.
Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts caught seven passes for 128 yards in a win over Tennessee. [ TIM CASEY | TimCasey ]

Receptions: 36 (74th)

Touchdown catches: 11 (fourth)

Yards per catch: 17.81 (44th)

Yards per game: 91.6 (32nd)

Of note: Despite missing two games with a nose injury, Pitts already has the most touchdowns by a UF player since Jabar Gaffney caught 13 in 2001.

Related: Why Florida’s Kyle Pitts is the perfect mismatch maker for Dan Mullen

Other names of note

Iowa State running back Breece Hall leads the nation with 1,357 rushing yards.
Iowa State running back Breece Hall leads the nation with 1,357 rushing yards. [ MATTHEW PUTNEY | AP ]

It’s hard enough for a running back to win, so back-to-back games with only 90-something yards will hurt Iowa State star Breece Hall. … Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book doesn’t have the numbers to charge into the top tier, even though he’s a successful star on a name-brand program. … It’s a shame Buffalo’s previous game got canceled, depriving running back Jaret Patterson of a chance to capitalize on his back-to-back 300-yard games.