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CFB Week 8 Heisman Rankings

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Is there any denying that Saquon Barkley is the best player in the country this season? Any doubt should easily be erased after a three touchdown performance that included 161 yards from scrimmage against the Michigan Wolverines who’re only yielding 18.6 points a game. Khalil Tate of the Arizona Wildcats has his team on a three game winning streak while looking like the 2016 version of incumbent Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson. David Still V has been an absolute touchdown machine this year with 15 already through seven games so I guess it’s safe to say the addition of Will Grier did help bolster Dana Holgorsen’s air raid attack out in West Virginia. Amidst these great performances only the best of the best truly stand out on a weekly basis, giving their teams the best chances to win each Saturday and this week we look at the three players who do that the absolute best.

1. Saquon Barkley, RB (Penn State)

Stats: 757 Rush Yards, 8 TD’s/ 32 REC. 448 Yards, 3 TD

Running back Saquon Barkley is one special talent. During the aforementioned performance against Michigan, he opened the game with a 75 yard burst that set the tone for the game. We’ve seen this from Barkley before. Just a few weeks ago he outpaced the Iowa defense for 211 yards on their home turf after bullying the Akron defense for 172 yards on a commanding 12 yards a carry. Did we mention that Penn State is 7-0 on the season and upcoming on the schedule is the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Horseshoe?

2. Bryce Love, RB (Stanford)

Stats: 1387 Rushing Yards, 11 TD’s

In all honesty, if Stanford hadn’t lost to San Diego State early in the season Bryce Love would have a great argument for the top spot. Through seven games he has scored 11 touchdowns while scoring at least once in every contest. His past two games have actually been his worst outputs of the season, as he ran for 152 and 147 yards against Utah and Oregon. With Washington, Washington State and Notre Dame all still looming on the schedule we’ll get to see if Bryce Love is a true Heisman contender or pretender.

3. Baker Mayfield, QB (Oklahoma)

Stats: 73.8% Comp/ 2347 Yards Passing + 170 Yards Rushing/ 22 Total TD’s

Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma has been one of the most exciting players to watch over the past three years. He’s ended the past two seasons in the top six of Heisman votes and even led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff in 2015. He began this season with a magical performance against Ohio State in a resounding win that ended with Mayfield piercing the Oklahoma flag in the Ohio State turf, but a loss to Iowa State at home and  shaky team performances against Baylor and Texas have made that Ohio State beat down look less impressive. The month of November is where Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma have to shine if Baker wants a shot at the Heisman trophy and the College Football Playoff as the Sooners have dates with Oklahoma State, TCU and West Virginia who have a combined three losses (OSU & WVU both lost to TCU).

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