Week 10 of the college football season delivered some excellent football games. In the 112 edition of the Bedlam series, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State combined for 1,446 yards and 114 points in a game that saw Baker Mayfield throw for a school record 598 yards. Iowa romped Heisman hopeful J.T. Barrett and the Ohio State Buckeyes at home in a 55-24 ripping of Ohio State’s playoff hopes while another Big 10 giant fell as Penn State lost to Michigan State to bring their loss total to two on the season as Saquon Barkley finished with less than 100 yards from scrimmage and without a touchdown for the first time this season. Magic Man Khalil Tate played a solid game, but after two turnovers and a loss which knocked his team out of the top 25, there’s not a way to sneak into the top three of this week’s list for the Arizona Quarterback. Let’s check out the top three Heisman trophy award hopeful’s following week 10.
1. Baker Mayfield, QB (Oklahoma)
Stats: 71.7% Comp/ 3226 Yards Passing + 181 Rushing/ 33 Total TD’s
Baker Mayfield’s list of accomplishments at Oklahoma got a tad bit longer as he scooted into the No. 1 spot for passing yardage in a game when he threw for 598 yards against Oklahoma State. No he wasn’t playing NCAA Football ’14 (EA needs to bring these games back) and no he wasn’t playing some sunbelt or FCS opponent. After slicing up rival Oklahoma State at their home, he has to face Gary Patterson’s aggressive TCU defense. If he can survive that test and carry Oklahoma to another Big 12 title, he might just add a Heisman to that long list of accomplishments.
2. Jonathan Taylor, RB (Wisconsin)
Stats: 1368 Rushing Yards, 12 TD’s
For all the talk about how weak Wisconsin’s schedule is, one thing is undeniable: Jonathan Taylor can run absolutely run the football. Behind an imposing offensive line, the true freshman has rushed for 150+ yards in four contests this season which includes his outburst against Nebraska in which he ran for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Wisconsin is 9-0 and has a great chance to end the season 12-0 or 13-0 if they can hang on to win the suddenly reeling Big 10. If they can do that and Taylor can play a huge role in each of their showings, there’s no reason why he can’t be the first true freshman to win the award.
3. Saquon Barkley, RB (Penn State)
Stats: 864 Yards Rushing + 504 Yards Receiving/ 12 Total TD’s
Saquon Barkley is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in college football. However, following a couple of down performances and back to back losses for Penn State, Barkley’s Heisman resume has taken a small hit. He still has a chance to bolster it if his team can sneak into the Big 10 championship game or even back into the College Football Playoff picture. With a game against Rutgers coming up, Saquon has a chance to extend his season rushing total over 1,000 yards. Will he make it happen?
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