With the 3rd week of College Football officially over, here’s a look at some of the big names competing for the ultimate award in the game, the Heisman Trophy.
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Stats: 1283 Passing Yards, 13 Passing TD’s, 1 Rushing TD, 2 Interceptions
With the great numbers and the huge comeback win against Texas A&M to start the season, Rosen was much higher on this list before an upset loss at Memphis this past weekend. Rosen’s numbers weren’t terrible, but he struggled against the Tigers defense. Rosen has the stats to still contend, but will need the wins if he wants a shot at winning.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Stats: 1088 Passing Yards, 303 Rushing Yards, 11 Total TD’s (8 Passing, 3 Rushing), 1 Interception
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner’s chances took a big hit after a tough loss to Clemson at home, despite throwing for 3 scores against the defending national champs. Despite the hit, we all know Jackson is capable of putting up video game numbers, and should stay in the race throughout the season.
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Stats:1135 Passing Yards, 13 Total Touchdowns (11 Passing, 2 Rushing), 1 Interception, 72.3% Completion
The field general who runs one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, Rudolph and the Cowboys are averaging 54 points a game, and he’s the reason why. Last week against Pittsburgh, the senior quarterback threw 5 touchdown passes, in the first half! He threw his first interception in his last 216 attempts dating back to last season. Rudolph is the reason Oklahoma State has gone from outside the top 10 this preseason to a true playoff contender.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Stats: 1046 Passing Yards, 10 Passing TD’s, 0 Interceptions, 76.8% Completions
Great stats? Check. Reputation as a Heisman favorite after being a finalist the last 2 seasons? Check. Signature win against then number 2 Ohio State in Ohio? Check. Mayfield has set himself up to finally get over the Heisman hump this season, with his unbelievably efficient numbers and pure dominance of opponents. An undefeated season would all but secure Mayfield the trophy.
The Dark Horse
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State
Stats: 543 Passing Yards, 240 Rushing Yards, 12 Total TD’s (7 Passing, 5 Rushing), 1 Interception
The guy who replaced Dak Prescott at Mississippi State is truly making a name for himself. Coming off a huge win against LSU, Fitzgerald has the Bulldogs 3-0 and 1st in the SEC West. With 9 games left, the junior quarterback is on pace for 48 total touchdowns this season, well surpassing his total of 37 from last season. More big numbers and big wins could leave us looking at Fitzpatrick like we did another SEC dual threat QB back in 2012, Johnny Manziel.