By Andrew Nason
It’s been 3 weeks since my last Heisman update, and in that time a lot has changed. Rather than big name quarterbacks leading the charge, the top spots go to two star running backs, and a forgotten star has made his way back into the conversation.
Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
After beating then number 5 USC 2 weeks ago, Luke Falk has thrown himself into the Heisman race with his combination of great statistics and his Washington State team being 6-0. Falk leads the NCAA in passing touchdowns with 19 and is 3rd in passing yards with 2000, to go along with a 71.8 completion percentage. A playoff push by the Cougars should secure Falk a chance at a trip to New York, and possibly a shot at being a first round pick in next year’s NFL draft.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
The Sooner’s star signal callers Heisman chances took a hit this past weekend as Oklahoma lost a shocker at home to unranked Iowa State, although Baker himself can’t be blamed for the loss. Mayfield currently leads the NCAA in passing efficiency, QBR, and completion percentage, and hasn’t thrown an interception yet this season, to go along with 16 total touchdowns. If Oklahoma can run the table the rest of the way and some of the other contenders suffer losses, Mayfield still has a shot at the trophy that has eluded him for so long.
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
I apologize for not showing Bryce Love some love in my last Heisman piece. This dude is absolutely torching defenses this season. Love leads the nation in rushing yards with 1240 on only 118 carries, with a ridiculous average of 10.5 yards a carry and an even more absurd 206.7 yards per game, good for 2nd and 1st in the NCAA. With those numbers, Stanford’s on field success may be the only thing keeping Love for getting the Love of the Heisman voters.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
I thought the quarterbacks I had in my last piece just had better numbers than Barkley at that point in the season, that’s the only reason he wasn’t there. The Penn State star has made it clear over the last few weeks that he is, without a doubt, the best player in college football. Barkley is second in the nation in all-purpose yards with 217 a game. His stat line includes 649 rushing yards, 395 receiving, and another 258 in kickoff return yards. He has 9 total touchdowns on the season, a combination of all three dimensions of his game. Penn State is still undefeated and this kid is putting on a show every single week. He’s all but guaranteed a trip to New York, has the best shot at the trophy right now, and could, when it’s all said and done, be taken first overall in the draft.
The Dark Horse
JT Barrett, QB, Ohio State
An early season loss to Oklahoma at home hurt both Ohio States playoff chances and Barrett’s chances at individual awards, but in the 4 games since then, Barrett and the Buckeyes have been nothing short of dominant. Over the last 4 weeks, Barrett has thrown for 13 touchdowns with 0 interceptions, and 1,026 yards, and he didn’t play much, if at all, in the 2nd half of those games, as Ohio State outscored their opponents 210-42. With only 1 turnover to go along with 19 total touchdowns on the season, if Ohio State can make a playoff push, Barrett continues to dominate, and some other candidates teeter off a bit, the Buckeye legend may be able to end his career with a Heisman Trophy.