Big Ten Football Heisman Watch: Week 5 edition

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Sep 19, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) dives for the first down versus Northern Illinois Huskies during the second half at Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State Buckeyes won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Until proven otherwise, Ezekiel Elliott will have the best shot to win a Heisman Trophy out of anyone in the Big Ten — at least at this point in the season. Watching his run and terrorize defenses is a thing of beauty and it’s really difficult to see any running back in the Big Ten even come close to his production and/or talent level — although Jordan Howard is close right now.

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In extremely limited action this year, Elliott has 455 yards and five touchdowns on 5.9 yards per carry. Once he gets his carry numbers up — he only has 77 though four games — he will likely finish atop the conference in terms of yards, touchdowns and likely yards per carry.

Last year, he finished the season with multiple 200-yard games and he looked like the best overall player in the College Football Playoff, eventually helping the Buckeyes win the national title. He is a year older and has another season under his belt, so the 2015 campaign should be even more successful.

During conference play, I expect him to really run wild.

Just Missed the Heisman Watch list: Justin Jackson (RB, Northwestern), Nate Sudfeld (QB, Indiana), Ricky Jones (WR, Indiana), Saquon Barkley (RB, Penn State)

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