For the first time in a while, the Heisman Trophy race appears to have no clear front-runner as the season winds down. Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker is one of the players in the mix but David Pollack thinks Walker is not getting the respect he deserves, simply because of the school he plays for.

“I think Kenneth Walker is clearly the best player in college football,” Pollack said Saturday on College GameDay. “If you took him off this team, they’re at least a three-loss team. He is that sensational. He’s got the wow factor; he makes you miss. He can do everything. Kenneth Walker can earn the Heisman Trophy today if he does it, I think, on a big stage. But to me, he is clear and away the best player in college football. … If Kenneth Walker played for Ohio State, or if Kenneth Walker played for Alabama or Georgia, he’d easily be No. 1, without a doubt.”

A three-star prospect in the 2019 recruiting class, Walker spent the first two seasons of his college career with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. However, he never had 600 yards or more in a season on the ground. Walker then transferred to Michigan State to play for Mel Tucker this past offseason and has thrived as a Spartan.

Through 10 games on the year, Walker has touched the ball 228 times for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns. Walker has gone for over 100 yards in each of his last three games and seven times on the year as a whole, including two games over 200 yards. In a four-point win over in-state rival Michigan, Walker ran for 197 yards and five touchdowns. That game was what Kirk Herbstreit recently defined as a “Heisman moment.”

“I don’t think anybody’s really had a Heisman moment other than Kenneth Walker when Michigan State played Michigan,” Herbstreit said last Saturday during the broadcast of the Ole Miss-Texas A&M game in Week 11. “There was a lot of buzz after the five touchdown performance in East Lansing and the Spartans came back, but I’ve never seen it so wide open with three weeks to play. Anybody gets hot right? Need a good opponent, big stage, get hot and have a big day … you’ve got to steal the hearts of voters.”

Walker gets another chance to prove himself on Saturday in a big game. The Spartans face Ohio State on the road at 12 p.m. ET in a game that will decide a lot in the Big Ten.

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Michigan State and Ohio State can be seen on TV on ABC Saturday.

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