By Andrew Nason
Another 3 weeks has passed, and while some of the contenders for the Heisman Trophy have had continued success, others have faltered and fallen off the map, and a batch of new comers have made serious strides toward college football’s most prestigious award.
Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
1169 Rushing Yards, 132 Carries, 9 TDs
Adams has come on strong the last few week and Notre Dame has surged up the power rankings. He has 4 straight games over 115 yards, including a 191-yard, 3 touchdown performance against Southern Cal and a 202 yard outburst against North Carolina State this past weekend. Notre Dame’s success has created playoff buzz for the Fighting Irish, and Adams production has created major draft and Heisman buzz for himself.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
2628 Passing Yards, 23 TDs, 3 INTs, 72.5 Completion %
Baker Mayfield loves torturing Texas Tech, his former team. In a 49-27 win, despite throwing a pick in his 3rd straight game, Mayfield tossed 4 touchdowns and added another on the ground. Mayfield’s match up next week against in-state rival Oklahoma State and fellow gun-slinger Mason Rudolph could make or break his Heisman campaign.
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
1387 Rushing Yards, 135 Carries, 11 TDs
Love drops down a spot due not only to JT Barrett’s sudden rise but also due to missing Stanford’s last game against Oregon State with an ankle injury. Love’s production this season has still been nothing but spectacular despite missing a game, with an average of 10.3 yards a carry while carrying the Stanford offense. A trip to New York is very attainable, but he’ll need some jaw dropping performances in order to have a chance at winning the award.
JT Barrett, QB, Ohio State
2166 Passing Yards, 25 TDs, 1 INT, 69.5 Completion %, 454 Rushing Yards, 87 Carries, 5 TDs
JT Barrett played a near perfect game against Penn State this weekend, helping his team to a huge, upset win and putting to bed the narrative that he can’t play against good competition. Put the Oklahoma game aside, a game I remind you was the 2nd game under a new offensive coordinator, and Barrett has been nothing short of spectacular this season, with 30 touchdowns and no interceptions, and he has the Buckeyes in prime position to make their 3rd trip to the college football playoff.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
801 Rushing Yards, 138 Carries, 9 TDs, 471 Receiving Yards, 36 Catches, 3 TDs, 2 Kickoff Return TDs, 1 Passing TD
If it weren’t for Barkley returning the opening kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown against Ohio State, I would be very tempted to put Barrett as the favorite. But Barkley showed on that play that he is still the most explosive, and basically the best player in college football. Ohio State held him in check on the offensive side of the ball for the most part, but still allowed him to score again. Barkley is a few more weeks of steady production away from all but securing the Heisman Trophy, unless Barrett’s numbers continue to rise, and Penn State drops another game.
The Dark Horse
Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona
784 Passing Yards, 6 TDs, 3 INTs, 68.7 Completion %, 926 Rushing Yards, 69 Carries, 8 TDs
Since taking over the starting QB job during Arizona’s game against Colorado in early October, Tate has taken the college football world by storm and made Arizona a big threat in the PAC-12. In all 4 games in which he has started or played a significant amount, he has at least 1 rush for over 70 yards, and is averaging a ridiculous 13.4 yards per carry. Oh, and did I mention that Arizona is undefeated since Tate took over? Tate may have only played 4 games so far this season, but at the rate he’s going, he’s well on his way to earning a trip to New York.