Last Word on College Football Heisman Rankings (Week Seven)

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Last Word on College Football Heisman Rankings

It’s championship November. Although that phrase is normally used for conference and playoff rankings it also makes sense for our Heisman rankings. Last week was a tough week for our top five with the exception of one. Baker Mayfield solidified himself now as the frontrunner by a hefty margin with his play against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Our top two running backs struggled last week in losses on the road. Both Saquon Barkley and Bryce Love were held under 100 yards in defeat. Josh Adams was forced out early against Wake Forest as he was in the concussion protocol. However, Jonathan Taylor and Rashaad Penny got themselves back into the conversation with fantastic games.

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Ranking Player Position Team Points
1 Baker Mayfield QB   74
2 Saquon Barkley RB   50
3 Bryce Love RB   39
4 Josh Adams RB   32
5 Rashaad Penny RB   7
6 Khalil Tate QB   7
7 Mason Rudolph QB   6
8 Lamar Jackson QB   5
9 Jonathan Taylor RB   2
10 Ahmad Bradshaw RB  Image result for Army football official logo 1
10 Will Grier QB  Image result for West Virginia football official logo 1
10 Kerryon Johnson RB  Image result for Auburn football official logo 1
10 Logan Woodside QB  Image result for Toledo football official logo 1

Top Five Candidates

1. Baker Mayfield

QB | Oklahoma                      Next Game: 11/11 vs TCU

It was Bedlam alright. In a game filled with great players, Mayfield was clearly the best player on the field. Although he threw two interceptions that hardly mattered as he nearly threw for 600 yards in the Sooner victory. He’s now the clear number one with a sizeable lead heading into another high profile matchup this week.

WEEK 10 AT OKLAHOMA STATE
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% QBR
598 5 2 66.7 98.1
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
-9 1 -1.1
2017 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% QBR
3,226 28 5 71.7 92.3
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
181 5 2.5


2. Saquon Barkley

RB | Penn State                       Next Game: 11/11 vs Rutgers

It’s been a devastating two weeks for Penn State and Barkley. For the second straight week, Barkley struggled to get going. It will be an uphill climb for Barkley the remainder of the season for Heisman consideration with no top 25 games remaining and a longshot for a conference title.

WEEK 10 AT MICHIGAN STATE
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
63 0 4.5
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
3 33 11.0 0
2017 SEASON
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
864 9 5.7
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
39 504 12.9 3

3. Bryce Love

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RB | Stanford                      Next Game: 11/10 vs Washington

Still nursing an ankle injury and a tough Washington State defense, Love had his lowest output of the season. After a promising 52-yard touchdown run early on, he only had 17 yards on 15 other carries. Love and the Cardinal face another tough defense Friday night against the Washington Huskies.

WEEK 10 AT WASHINGTON STATE
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
69 1 4.3
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
0 0 0.0 0
2017 SEASON
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
1,456 12 9.6
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
4 19 4.8 0

 

4. Josh Adams

RB | Notre Dame               Next Game: 11/11 At Miami

 

It’s not like Adams had a bad game, he just didn’t get many opportunities. That should not be the case this week as Notre Dame faces Miami in the marquee matchup of the weekend. A win would do wonders not only for Irish playoff hopes but also for Adam’s Heisman candidacy.

 

WEEK 10 VS WAKE FOREST
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
22 0 4.4
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
0 0 0.0 0
2017 SEASON
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
1,191 9 8.7
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
10 82 8.2 0

5. Rashaad Penny

RB | San Diego State               Next Game: 11/18 vs Nevada

Rashaad Penny is perhaps the hottest running back in all of college football over the last two weeks. He has now overtaken Love as the nations leading rusher and is also the all-purpose yardage leader. Penny is off this week before facing Nevada in two weeks.

WEEK 10 VS SAN DIEGO STATE
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
234 3 11.7
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
0 0 0.0 0
2017 SEASON
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
1,602 15 7.0
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
17 136 8.0 2

4 COMMENTS

    • Against Ohio State, which has multiple first-round picks at all levels of their defense he wasn’t too bad. In that game, he was 27/35 for 386 yards with 3 TD’s 0 INT. Also, Oklahoma State’s defense was #16 in passing efficiency coming into last week’s game.

  1. I know their record is not great and mainly due to a terrible defense. Why isn’t Lamar Jackson getting more respect for what he’s doing? Stats are very similar to last year and is about to become the only player in NCAA history to have two back to back seasons with 3000+ passing yards and 1000+ rushing yards.

    • Sean, Lamar Jackson is an outstanding player and perhaps one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in recent memory. In fact, he’s still getting a few votes in our rankings. I think a couple of things are going against Jackson is that first and foremost he was last years winner and he has to do something just incredible and above and beyond that this year and he just really hasn’t. I think he’s also a victim of his teams’ lack of success. If he would have single-handedly won a few of those games, it might look different. I wouldn’t be surprised if he at least got invited to New York though.

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