Joel Klatt is as big a believer in the ninth-ranked and unbeaten UCLA Bruins as you’ll find on the national stage.

He said before this past weekend’s USC loss to Utah he felt the Bruins were the team to beat in the Pac-12, a team that didn’t have the same kind of fatal flaw as its L.A. counterpart. As the Bruins have surged to a 6-0 start in what is looking like Chip Kelly’s finest season in Westwood, UCLA has become a popular team with national pundits.

For Klatt, it starts with fifth-year senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. The FOX Sports analyst says DTR is firmly in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy. He ranked Thompson-Robinson fourth on his board of Heisman frontrunners.

“At No. 4, I’ve got Dorian Thompson-Robinson,” Klatt said earlier this week on the ‘Breaking the Huddle with Joel Klatt’ show. “I think that when people see that, they’re surprised and it’s not just because they’re undefeated. It’s really because he’s, right now, playing the best in the Pac-12. One of the best quarterbacks in the country. He’s got a dual-threat aspect to his game that I really love, I think he’s throwing the ball better than he has ever in his career.

“He’s averaging 5.5 yards per carry on the ground and giving them a threat with his legs. And that team is really good. I think that they’re going to win this weekend at Oregon, and because of that, I think that he will continue to stay and maybe even build a case toward the Heisman Trophy.”

With a top-10 matchup against Oregon this weekend, and a looming battle at the Rose Bowl with USC set for late November, Thompson-Robinson will have his opportunity to manufacture a patented Heisman Moment.

At DraftKings, Thompson-Robinson has the eighth-best odds of any player to claim the trophy this year. He’s still a bit of a longshot at 25/1, but he’s played his way into the thick of the conversation with 19 total touchdowns against just two turnovers.

Klatt had the UCLA star ahead of USC’s. Here’s his top six:

  1. QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State
  2. QB Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
  3. RB Blake Corum, Michigan
  4. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA
  5. QB Bryce Young, Alabama
  6. QB Caleb Williams, USC