Baker. Bryce. Khalil. Lamar. Kerryon. Saquon.
The list of legitimate Heisman candidates is getting shorter every week as the 2017 college football season begins to fade away. Now that we are in conference championship week we can tell who’s a contender and who’s a pretender when it comes to the glorious award. It may be little too late for Lamar Jackson and Khalil Tate who are basically the same player in different uniforms. Although the two quarterbacks are electrifying, their team records weigh their arguments down (8-4 and 7-5, respectively).
As for Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson, his Heisman resume has been boosted thanks to huge wins over Georgia and Alabama (Both Ranked #1 when they lost to Auburn) to complement his 17 touchdowns. Freshman sensation Jonathan Taylor should also be on the short list of Heisman candidates after leading Wisconsin to an undefeated regular season and one game away from a College Football Playoff (CFP) berth.
With that being said, let’s take a look at this week’s Heisman candidates.
1. Baker Mayfield, QB (Oklahoma)
Stats: 71.4% Comp/ 4097 Yards Passing + 245 Yards Rushing/ 42 Total TD’s
Baker Mayfield has been #1 on our Heisman lists for some time now. He first checked in at the number 1 spot following a week 10 performance against Oklahoma State where he threw for nearly 600 yards. The very next week he checked in at #1 again after he had an exceptional performance against TCU. If he wants to solidify the Heisman he’ll have to defeat TCU once more in the Big 12 championship game for all the marbles.
2. Bryce Love, RB (Stanford)
Stats: 1848 Rushing Yards, 17 TD’s
Coming in at #2 this week is Stanford RB, Bryce Love. The Cardinal RB has rushed for over 1800 yards this season while reading the endzone 17 times in leading his team to the Pac 12 championship game. The North Carolina native has eclipsed 100 yards in very game this season besides two: versus Oregon State in which he didn’t play and then against Washington State when he came back.
3. Lamar Jackson, QB (Louisville)
Stats: 60.4% Comp/ 3489 Yards Passing + 1443 Yards Rushing/ 42 Total TD’s
Incumbent Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson has enjoyed one of the quietest seasons of any former Heisman winner to date. Although his yardage per game is technically up this season, virtually no one is showing him love when it comes to Heisman voting. Part of the reason for this is because Jackson burst onto the scene last season when his Cardinals team embarrassed then #2 Florida State while he scored five total touchdowns. This season there was no huge outburst and Louisville fizzled to an 8-4 record this season while losing every meaningful game they played this season.