Heisman Trophy watch

The front-runner

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: Rushed 31 times for 180 yards and two TDs vs. No. 6 Florida. Season: 1,202 yards and 14 TDs.

In the hunt

Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU: Went 27-for-32 for 436 yards and five TDs vs. Iowa State. Season: 166-for-250, 2,449 yards and 25 TDs.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: Rushed for 153 yards and a TD vs Penn State. Season: 988 yards and 11 TDs.

Seth Russell, QB, Baylor: Went 20-for-33 for 380 yards and five TDs, and also rushed for 160 yards and a TD vs. West Virginia. Season: 103-for-163, 1,907 yards, 22 TDs.

This week's best bets

Temple at East Carolina, Thursday: Yes, we're recommending a Temple game. Don't laugh. The Owls entered Saturday 5-0, play tight defense and already have dominated Penn State. And they'll face a test in an ECU squad that beat Virginia Tech and lost by a TD to Florida and BYU.

No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 13 Ole Miss, Saturday: The loss to Alabama hurt, but if the Aggies can escape Oxford with a win, they could have relatively clear SEC sailing — only South Carolina, Auburn and Vanderbilt await — until the Nov. 28 finale at LSU.

Tennessee at No. 10 Alabama: How tough has this matchup been for the Vols? The Crimson Tide has won eight consecutive in the series, and during that stretch it was ranked No. 1 three times, No. 2 twice, No. 4 once and No. 7 once.

No. 4 Utah at Southern Cal: Foes are lining up to take advantage of the Trojans' turmoil, but Notre Dame found out that isn't necessarily easy. The well-balanced Utes get their turn.