Saturday Round Up: Week 8


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.

Also, a list of scenarios in which Lamar Jackson DOES NOT win the Heisman Trophy.  Will a Jake Browning November splash be enough to overcome Jackson?  What will come of Donnel Pumphrey’s Heisman stock if he becomes the all-time FBS rushing leader? All this and more in this week’s Heisman Watch Podcast.

#Heisman CandidateTeamSimulated Heisman Votes
Jabrill PeppersMichigan?
Lamar JacksonLouisville1705
Deshaun WatsonClemson1225
J.T. BarrettOhio State790
Jake BrowningWashington1358
Donnel PumphreySan Diego St.200 - 550
Jalen HurtsAlabama200 - 550
Greg Ward Jr.Houston<250
Dalvin CookFlorida State<250
Mitch TrubiskyNorth Carolina200 - 550

Top Heisman-like Performances:

  • Lamar Jackson puts in yet another dominant performance with 355 pass yards, 76 rushing yards, and 4 total TDs. Sending doubters back to the hole from which they crawled out from. This marks the 10th straight games with a rushing and passing TD — longest active streak in FBS. At the moment, the Heisman race appears to be a one-man race.
  • Jake Browning threw for three TDs to give him 26 for the season, added another rushing TD as well. He remains No. 1 in FBS in passer rating (204.9) and takes over as leader in completion percentage (72.2). Expect to see a significant uptick in Browning’s Heisman stock.  Meanwhile, College GameDay heads to Salt Lake City to feature the Washington-Utah match up, which could be a potential preview of this season’s Pac-12 title game.

Honorable Mention:

  • Donnel Pumphrey ran for 135 yards and 2 TDs to break two school records as San Diego State rolled to a 42-3 victory over San Jose State on Friday night. Pumphrey remains the nation’s leading rusher with 1,246 yards.


  • There is no doubt that the incredible – and surprising – success of J.T. Barrett in 2014 has played a significant role in the perception that he has, in some ways, “regressed” since that record-setting season.  After an unexpected loss to the Nittany Lions, Barrett’s Heisman candidacy could be nothing more than hot air.
  • SMU stuns No. 11 Houston 38-16 by shutting down QB Greg Ward Jr. That’s right, S-M-U sacked Ward Jr. seven times. Once playoff hopefuls, Houston lost its second game the same week the Big 12 opted not to expand. Could things get worse? I think not.
  • Jabrill Peppers wasn’t impressive against week 8’s inferior foe, Illinois. Peppers logged 2 total tackles on defense. On offense Peppers recorded 5 carries for 9 yards and 1 catch for 5 yards. On a high note, on special teams Peppers had 2 returns for 58 yards.

Other Notes:

  • Deshaun Watson and Clemson enjoyed a bye this week.
  • Scratch the ‘hurricane game’ from your memory and UNC’s Mitch Trubisky is a formidable Heisman candidate

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