HeismanWatch.com’s Week 4 Rankings
1) Saquon Barkley
Wow! Did Saquon Barkley ever put on a Heisman-performance last Saturday night? The Junior running back hurdled his way into the top spot of our Heisman rankings because that magical performance. Barkley compiled a career high 211 yards rushing and a Penn State school record with 358 total yards. Quite the record considering the list of RB’s PSU has had: Larry Johnson, Ki-Jana Carter, Curtis Enis, Franco Harris, and John Cappelletti (Heisman Winner, 1973) just to name a few.
As it stands, Barkley is leading the country in yards from scrimmage per game- 213.3, and all-purpose yards per game- 253.3. He’s leading the FBS in RB receiving yards (335) and is t-7th in rushing yards (518). Like Lamar Jackson was a year ago, Barkley is must-watch football. He also owes Penn St. QB Trace McSorley and WR Juwon Johnson a dinner for his last-second heroics to beat Iowa, otherwise Barkley has a Heisman favorite may not be so cut-&-dry for a one-loss team.
2) Baker Mayfield
It’s not what Mayfield didn’t do on the field on Saturday (13/19, 285 yards, 3 TD’s), it’s more what Barkley did do that has Mayfield trailing in our Heisman race. I do worry that Mayfield’s ascension to the top of the quarterback class in regards to the Heisman, may be to a disadvantage. His numbers right now are staggering:
- 13.2 YDS/A, 1st in FBS
- 228.25 Rating, 1st in FBS
- 75.2%, 2nd among P-5
- 1,329 passing yards, 6th among P-5
- 13 TD’s, T-3rd in FBS
- 0 INT’s, obviously 1st on Earth
Not that Mayfield should be necessarily docked for throwing an interception or two, but it’s the lasting perception that resonates with voters. A Heisman candidate wants to be on the rise towards the end, and a schedule that includes; @K-State, @Ok State, TCU and West Virginia at home, it would be impressive/challenging if OU comes out of that unscathed, and Mayfield for that matter too. I hope Mayfield’s blistering start doesn’t get overlooked in late November.
3) Lamar Jackson
No matter how good Barkley and Mayfield have been for their respective teams, Jackson is probably worth more to his team than anybody else. Jackson is 2nd in FBS in total offense with 431 YPG. He’s averaging 84 rushing YPG, 347 passing YPG and has 14 total TD’s. If we erase everything he did last year, we’d be marveling at what an incredible individual year Jackson is having in 2017. Looking ahead, two road games appear semi-challenging playing @NC State and @ Florida St., neither team is in the current AP Top-25 mind you. Outside of those opponents, Jackson is going to feast and only increase his statistical production. Scary!
4) Luke Falk
This Saturday is going to make-or-break Luke Falk’s Heisman campaign. Statistically, he’s Heisman worthy:
- 1,378 passing yards, 4th among P-5
- 76.9%, 1st in FBS
- 14 TD’s, 2nd in FBS
- 1 INT, T-2nd on Earth, again, obviously
Falk’s Washington State team has the record for a Heisman candidate consideration, 4-0 ranked #16 in the AP Poll and atop the PAC-12 North Division. Sharing the PAC-12 overall standings is USC and their Heisman candidate Sam Darnold. Wouldn’t you know it, these teams collide this Saturday night in Southern Cal. Again, make-or-break Saturday for #Falk4Heisman
5) Josh Jackson
Similar to Falk, this Saturday is make-or-break time for Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson. First, the stats:
- 1,127 passing yards
- 177.4 Rating
- 12 Total TD’s
- 1 INT
For now, Jackson is not having any kind of record breaking season throwing or running, which he does have a 100-yard rushing game under his belt. The Hokies are 4-0 and host what could be the best defense in college football, the #2 Clemson Tigers on Saturday night. We already saw what this Tigers team can do against reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. If the Hokies Jackson has a great game and pulls off the upset, he may appear higher on the Heisman rankings than #5 next week.
HeismanWatch.com’s Honorable Mentions
Stanford may be the best two-loss team in the country and RB Bryce Love is a big reason why. Love is averaging 197 rushing YPG, 10.8 YPC and leads the country with 787 total rushing yards through four games. What’s not to Love about his game.
Penny is Bryce-Love-but-on-an-undefeated-team-that-gets-no-love-because-they-play-in-the-Mountain-West. The Sr. RB for San Diego St. is 2nd in the country with 716 total rushing yards and has 8 total TD’s. Similar to former teammate Donnel Pumphrey from a year ago, Penny’s Heisman stock is directly correlated with the Aztec’s success, which appears promising at this juncture, not a Top-25 left on the schedule.
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