Last Word on College Football Heisman Rankings (Week Ten)

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Last Word on College Football Heisman Rankings

Well, you can’t say this group didn’t make the most of their opportunities. The usual suspects had great ends to their regular seasons this past weekend. Saquon Barkley and Lamar Jackson each had solid performances in big wins for their programs. Rashaad Penny joined the 2,000-yard club and Quinton Flowers nearly came up with a program-defining win for the ages. And, Kerryon Johnson had a huge game in defeating Alabama in the Iron Bowl. How will those performances have a lasting affect our 2017 Heisman rankings this week?

One chance. One shining moment. One more opportunity. Baker Mayfield and Bryce Love will have one last chance to impress the voters on championship weekend. Mayfield holds a king-size lead but must again face one of the best defenses in the country as the Sooners face TCU in the Big 12 Championship Game. On the other side of the country, it’s amazing what Love has been able to do on one and a half ankles. Will a great game against USC in the PAC 12 Championship Game give the voters something to think about?

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Ranking Player Position Team Points
1 Baker Mayfield QB   84
2 Bryce Love RB   65
3 Lamar Jackson QB   31
4 Rashaad Penny RB   29
5 Saquon Barkley RB   23
6 Kerryon Johnson RB   15
7 Quinton Flowers QB 5

Top Five Candidates

1. Baker Mayfield

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (6) looks to get by Oklahoma State’s Justin Phillips (19) on his way to a touchdown in the second quarter during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

QB | Oklahoma                                                           Next Game: 12/2 vs TCU

 

After serving his first series suspension, Mayfield picked apart the West Virginia defense. He will try to duplicate his outstanding first-half performance against TCU on Saturday for the second time.

WEEK 13 VS WEST VIRGINIA
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% QBR
281 3 0 82.4 99.1
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
5 0 2.5
2017 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% QBR
4,097 37 5 71.4 92.5
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
245 5 3.1

2. Bryce Love

PALO ALTO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Bryce Love #20 of the Stanford Cardinal runs with the ball against the Arizona State University Sun Devils. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)

RB | Stanford                                                       Next Game: 12/1 vs USC

You run out of adjectives to describe Love each week. His perseverance has carried Stanford to a date with the Trojans in the PAC 12 Championship. Love rushed for 160 yards in the week two loss.

WEEK 12 VS NOTRE DAME
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
125 0 6.3
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
0 0 0.0 0
2017 SEASON
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
1,848 16 8.6
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
6 33 5.5 0

3. Lamar Jackson

 

 

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)                                                               

QB | Louisville

Jackson had an outstanding performance in his final game of the season against Kentucky. He was able to exact some revenge of one of his worst games a season ago to lead the Cardinals to a dominating win.

WEEK 13 AT KENTUCKY
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% QBR
216 2 0 71.4 70.1
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
156 0 8.7
2017 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% QBR
3,489 25 6 60.4 85.8
 
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
1,443 17 6.9

4. Rashaad Penny

San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny runs past Northern Illinois cornerback Jalen Embry during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

RB | San Diego State

I firmly believe if Penny played for another school that had a little more of the national spotlight, he would be number two in our rankings. Be that as it may, Penny has hit the 2,000-yard mark this season.
WEEK 13 VS NEW MEXICO
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
203 2 9.2
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
0 0 0.0 0
2017 SEASON
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
2,027 19 7.4
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
18 142 7.9 2

5. Saquon Barkley

October 21, 2017. 21: Saquon Barkley of Penn State runs after making a catch in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

RB | Penn State

The end of the season has not been kind to both Penn State and Barkley. But, like the team, Barkley has bounced back well over the last couple of weeks. Based on how he started, Barkley should at least get an invite to New York.

WEEK 13 AT MARYLAND
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
77 2 4.8
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
1 4 4.0 0
2017 SEASON
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
1,134 16 5.7
RECEIVING
REC YDS YPR TD
47 594 12.6 3

 

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