Saturday Round Up: Week 11


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.

How the Heisman race shakes out after a slate of week 11 losses? Which candidates have the greatest upside with only a few weeks remaining? And, what past years resemble 2016. All this and more in this week’s Heisman Watch Podcast.

#Heisman CandidateTeamSimulated Heisman Votes
Jabrill PeppersMichigan?
Lamar JacksonLouisville2110
Deshaun WatsonClemson1100 - 550
J.T. BarrettOhio State1100 - 550
Jake BrowningWashington1100 - 550
Donnel PumphreySan Diego St.750 - 500
Jalen HurtsAlabama750 - 500
Baker MayfieldOklahoma1100 - 550

Top Heisman-like Performances:

  • JT Barrett had more total touchdowns (4) than Maryland had total points (3). Buckeyes beat Maryland 62-3. The JR. quarterback upped his TD career mark to 98, 8 shy of B1G record 106 set by Drew Brees (PUR).  Perhaps more significantly, Ohio State will inevitably jump the BCS rankings as Washington, Clemson, and Michigan suffer losses.
  • Donnel Pumphrey moved up to No. 4 on the NCAA’s career rushing list after gaining 198 yards vs Nevada. Pumphrey is just 347 yards away from setting the NCAA record for career rush yards and has 4 games left.  As success continues to showcase and media attention heightens, expect to see Pumphrey’s Heisman campaign influence Heisman votes.  (Also, Donnel Pumphrey was featured on ESPN College Gameday. Check it out)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Lamar Jackson might be at the Heisman Trophy ceremony by himself. Other candidates pale in comparison. While Jackson had a rare sub-par night, he was able to effectively rally his team and finish off a stringent Wake Forrest team, 44-12. As a result, Jackson maintained Louisville’s relevance in the national picture. Next week, at Houston.  After that, Kentucky.  It’s quite possible Jackson will rush for 12 miles against Kentucky.
  • Losing to Pittsburgh at home? Deshaun Watson was BORN to be a Cleveland Brown. Watson was responsible for 3 costly turnovers — spoiling a record day (i.e. single-game ACC passing record with 570 yards passing) and complicating the Tigers’ path to the playoffs.
  • Baker Mayfield passed for 300 yards and 2 TDs and ran for another as #9 Sooners beat #25 Bears.  Mayfield continues to be very reliable for Oklahoma, he currently has the second highest passer rating in the country.
  • He is D’Onta Foreman. He is The 100-Yard Man (10 straight). He is The Nation’s Leading Rusher (180.8 YPG).  He unfortunately plays for 5-5 Texas.


  • DOWN GO THE HUSKIES!  Jake Browning and the Washington Huskies finally met their match. With the odds already stacked against Browing, we can’t help but believe his chances of overcoming Lamar Jackson are anything other than next to nil.
  • DOWN GO THE WOLVERINES! Michigan has more losses now than Jabrill Peppers has interceptions.  If Manti Te’o couldn’t win the Heisman Trophy with an undefeated Notre Dame team, there is no reason to believe Jabrill Peppers can win the Heisman this year.  Plain and simple.

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