Ranking the Heisman candidates after Week 8

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Kenny Pickett establishes himself as legitimate contender

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Bryce Young and Matt Corral are 1A and 1B, respectively, in this year’s Heisman Trophy race right now, but Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett is making a serious case to enter the conversation as a candidate to take home the trophy.

Pickett led Pittsburgh to a win over Clemson on Saturday and if the Panthers can win out with Pickett leading the way, he will be near the top of the list of contenders along with Corral and Young. It will take a lot to usurp either of those signal-callers, but Pickett is pushing harder than anyone to do so.

As we head into the next of action, List Wire breaks down where each Heisman candidate currently stands…

No. 1: Alabama QB Bryce Young

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Week 8 Stats: 31-43, 371 passing yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions; 10 carries, 42 yards, two rushing touchdowns in 52-24 win over Tennessee.

Season Stats: 187-267 (70%), 2,453 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, three interceptions.

No. 2: Ole Miss QB Matt Corral

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Week 8 Stats: 18-23, 185 passing yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions; 12 carries, 24 yards, one touchdown in 31-17 win over LSU.

Season Stats: 140-207 (67.6%), 1,913 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, one interception; 100 carries, 474 yards, nine touchdowns.

No. 3: Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett

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Week 8 Stats: 25-39, 302 passing yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions in 27-17 win over Clemson.

Season Stats: 168-244 (68.9%), 2,236 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, one interception.

No. 4: Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud

Syndication: Columbus

Week 8 Stats: 21-28, 266 passing yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions in 54-7 win over Indiana.

Season Stats: 125-185 (67.6%), 1,965 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, three interceptions.

No. 5: Texas RB Bijan Robinson

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Week 8 Stats: Idle.

Season Stats: 146 carries, 930 yards (6.4 yards per carry), 10 touchdowns; 14 receptions, 207 yards, three touchdowns.

Watchlist: Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams

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Watchlist: Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder

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Watchlist: Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III

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Watchlist: Ohio State RB TreVeyon Henderson

Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch

Watchlist: Alabama RB Brian Robinson Jr.

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