Saturday Round Up: Week 7


Heisman Watch calls out the weekend’s polarizing performances and how they impact the Heisman Trophy race.

Check out the furnished results from the Heisman Calculator. The Heisman Calculator is a one-of-a-kind regression model that processes simulated 2016 Heisman votes. By using player and voter data from years past, we can identify statistical influencers that drive Heisman votes.

#Heisman CandidateTeamSimulated Heisman Votes
Jabrill PeppersMichigan?
Lamar JacksonLouisville1515
Deshaun WatsonClemson1258
J.T. BarrettOhio State1321
Jake BrowningWashington895
Donnel PumphreySan Diego St.200 - 550
Jalen HurtsAlabama200 - 550
Greg Ward Jr.Houston200 - 550
Dalvin CookFlorida State200 - 550

Also, Is J.T. Barrett a formidable Heisman candidate? What needs to happen for Jake Browning to win the Heisman Trophy. Is Louisville built to last?  All this and more in this week’s Heisman Watch Podcast.

Top Heisman-like Performances:

  • J.T. Barrett is a legitimate player-coach; this alone sets Barrett apart from the other candidates. He is driving Ohio State success under center with the youngest team in college football.  Barrett may not be the Heisman Trophy front-runner at the moment, but when it comes to who the most valuable player in the college football is this season, you’d be hard-pressed to find a player who means more to his team than the Ohio State quarterback. That was evident on Saturday while facing eighth-ranked Wisconsin on the road. Barrett managed to lead the Buckeyes to a 30-23 overtime victory.
  • After playing his sixth game of the season, Donnel Pumphrey leads the FBS with 1,111 yards.  With six conference games left, a possible conference championship and a bowl game, theoretically ‘Pump’ can play eight more games.  Ron Dayne, college football’s all-time leading rusher, ran for 6,397 yards in this career.  ‘Pump’ is less than 1,014 yards away from that mark and having already achieved that in just six games this season, it’s feasible Donnel Pumphrey is your new all-time leading rusher by season’s end.  This will garner a lot of media attention, this will spill over into the Heisman discussion.
  • It’s time to start thinking about Alabama Freshman, Jalen Hurts, as a Heisman contender. This time a year ago Hurts was lighting up scoreboards in Texas at Chanelview High School, and then enrolled early and helped play the part of Watson during Alabama’s practices for the National Championship Game. He’s now drawing comparisons to Watson, who finished third for the Heisman last year. As of now, Hurts is on pace for 2,600 passing, 800 rushing yards, 32 total TD. If Bama runs the tables, that’s good enough for an invite to NYC.

Honorable Mention:

  • Lamar Jackson‘s streak of rushing and passing for a touchdown in nine straight games is the longest active streak among FBS players. He also became the 1st player in ACC history with at least 15 Pass TD & 15 Rush TD in a single season. Jackson’s scoring-rate is simply dumbfounded.
  • Deshaun Watson was strong for the Tigers, 39-for-52 passing for 378 yards and two touchdowns, including an overtime score.
  • Dalvin Cook‘s streak of 3 straight games with 200 all-purpose yards snapped, but still has 126 yards in ugly win vs. Wake Forest.


  • Greg Ward Jr was very active against Tulsa (254 passing yards & 142 yards on the ground), however, Ward Jr. wasn’t able to find the end zone.  Yes, unfortunately in the world of Heismanology, it matters.
  • Josh Dobbs finished with 61 total yards (passing, -31 rushing). Bama Safety Ronnie Harrison’s INT return of 58 yards almost matches that.

Other Notes:

  • Christian McCaffrey did not suit up for the game against Notre Dame on Saturday night because of an undisclosed injury.
  • Jake Browning and Jabrill Peppers both had byes this week.

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