Heisman hopefuls and College Football Playoff hopefuls work hand in hand. This week #1 Georgia was victim to it’s first loss of the season, as #10 Auburn pummeled them 40-17 behind Kerryon Johnson’s 233 yards from scrimmage. Just a few weeks ago, the huge question was would Alabama and UGA meet In the SEC championship? And also would they meet undefeated? With a stain on their resume now, Georgia is just hoping to climb back into the College Football Playoff picture. Miami has looked like the best team in the country the past two week following wins against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. Penn State finally got back to it’s winning ways behind a decent performance by Heisman hopeful Saquon Barkley after beating Rutgers 35-6. Khalil Tate looked like a Georgia Tech quarterback after rushing for 206 yards while only attempting eight passes in a 49-28 win over Oregon State.
Let’s look at this weeks top three Heisman candidate
1. Baker Mayfield, QB (Oklahoma)
Stats: 71.2% Comp/ 3559 Yards Passing + 231 Yards Rushing/ 36 Total TD’s
Last week, Baker Mayfield came in at #1 on our list of Heisman candidates following week 10 after he shredded Oklahoma State’s defense for 598 passing yards. He followed that display with a 333 passing yard performance that featured three touchdowns. All of this came against TCU, the Big 12’s best defense. With only Kansas and West Virginia left on the schedule before a rematch with TCU or OSU, Baker has a huge chance to pad his stats before going into New York where he should coast to a Heisman trophy.
2. Jonathan Taylor, RB (Wisconsin)
Stats: 1525 Rushing Yards, 12 TD’s
Coming in at #2 this week once again is Wisconsin RB, Jonathan Taylor. Taylor took on the high powered Iowa defense this past Saturday which yielded 157 rushing yards to the true freshman. He has toted the rock for at least 150 yards on five occasions this season including 200 yard performances against Big 10 foes, Purdue and Nebraska. With Wisconsin now 10-0 on the season and moving into the top 5 of the College Football Playoff race, Taylor has a great chance to make a Heisman statement if he can continue running through defenses while his team keeps winning.
3. Lamar Jackson, QB (Louisville)
Stats: 60.2% Comp/ 3003 Yards Passing + 1176 Yards Rushing/ 36 Total TD’s
What has happened to the incumbent Heisman trophy winner? After one of the most prolific seasons ever in college football, Lamar Jackson has been off the radar this season. The reason being is because Louisville is currently 6-4 included losses to Wake Forest and Boston College. He’s only thrown interceptions in five games this season and only one of those was a win, so if he can take care of the football, Louisville will always have a great chance to win. Against North Carolina he looked like he was coming back for the Heisman when he churned out three passing and three rushing touchdowns while adding 525 total yards to his annual repertoire. Whether he leaves school early or returns for the 2018 season one thing is for certain: Lamar Jackson will perform like a created Madden player wherever he plays.