HeismanWatch.com’s Week 13 Rankings
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Not a lot of movers and shakers in this weekend’s rankings. The major storyline heading into the weekend regarding the Heisman candidates was how Baker Mayfield would respond after getting benched to begin his last game in Norman, OK on Senior Day. Well…let’s get to the rankings to find out.
1) Baker Mayfield
Yeah, he responded like the future Heisman winner he is. Mayfield was 14/17 for 281 yards and three TD’s with no INT’s, again (8th game without an INT). With this game, Mayfield now has over 4,000 yards passing, 37 TD’s and just 5 INT’s. Oklahoma now has to take care of business in the BIG-12 Championship Game and they will be a lock to make the playoffs with a solid shot at the #1 overall seed. Mayfield has been the Heisman frontrunner for several weeks, but he’s beginning to add another ‘Heisman-type characteristic’ to his resume: ‘best player on the best team.’ The only person that has stopped Mayfield this year has been himself. Antics aside, the trophy engraving process has begun.
2) Bryce Love
Things are eyeing towards another Stanford runner-up. Bryce Love is poised to join the ranks of Andrew Luck, Toby Gearhart, and Christian McCaffrey as Stanford players who had tremendous seasons, just not quite good enough to bring home the stiff-arming trophy. Love needs 172 rushing yards in the PAC-12 Championship Game to become Stanford’s single season rushing leader, breaking McCaffrey’s record from 2015. Which is even more impressive considering Love has been dealing with an ankle injury the final five weeks of the season. The injury has caused Love to miss a game and limited his carries in others. Still, Love could be the 30th player in CFB to rush for over 2,000 yards (according to SportsReference.com) and to do it on one wheel, wow!
3) Lamar Jackson
It really is unfortunate college football doesn’t get a chance to see Lamar Jackson play one more game before Heisman voting is tabulated. Jackson has thrown for at least 200 yards in all but two games, ran for 100 yards in all but three games and none of those happened in the same game! In other words, Jackson had a great game statistically and a major offensive impact for his team in every single game this year. He has also accounted for 42 TD’s total. If Louisville’s defense was just a tinch better, Jackson may be at the top of this list, but four losses for a quarterback despite how Jackson has played in defeat, is Heisman demoralizing.
4) Jonathan Taylor
Taylor and Wisconsin are probably the most disrespected player/team as far as national recognition is concerned. Taylor has 1,806 rushing yards and 13 TD’s. This upcoming Saturday, the Wisconsin Badger’s have the ultimate “prove” game when they face Ohio State in the B1G Championship Game. Wisconsin has to prove they’re legit and worthy of their position among the playoff contenders. Taylor has to prove he’s the best RB in the conference and one of the best in the nation (he’s a freshman too) with a big game against a talented defensive Buckeyes’ team. On the season, Taylor is just 221 rushing yards away from most in the country (Rashaad Penny, San Diego State has 2,027 rushing yards). Seems out of reach but Taylor has topped that mark twice already this season. It seems Taylor has a lot of wiggle room in his Heisman positioning depending on the outcome next Saturday. He could rise as high as 2nd or drop out of the top-5 completely.
5) Rashaad Penny
If Penny was having this same season statistically but playing on a P-5 team, he’d be 2nd on this list. Unfortunately for Penny (and Donnel Pumphrey last year), San Diego State doesn’t get a lot of publicity. The Aztecs team had a good season, 10-2 and third place in the Mountain West. Penny had a great season, 2,027 rushing yards and 19 rushing TD’s. Penny, SDSU’s kickoff returner, also led the nation in all-purpose yards with 224.8 total YPG. In an effort to bring respect to the smaller schools of college football, I’m pulling for Penny to get an invite to NYC.
HeismanWatch.com’s Honorable Mentions
College football’s most exhilarating player for the first half of the season, fizzled out some time midway through the Ohio State game. Still, Barkley finished his season with over 1,700 yards of total offense including a TD pass and two kickoff returns for TD’s. All in all, Barkley racked up 22 TD’s in which he had his hands on the ball. A great year for the best all around running back in college football.
The countries leading passing yardage leader, Rudolph fell victim to Mayfield on the field and in the Heisman conversation. A great year for the senior QB, Mayfield did what he could including 35 TD’s. The Oklahoma State defense didn’t help him out as they gave up at least 44 points in each Cowboys’ three losses, otherwise we might have a different Heisman frontrunner from the state of Oklahoma. I’ve said it before, losses for quarterbacks are demoralizing in Heisman candidacy.
Trivia question: who’s the next highest rated QB behind Mayfield? UCF’s McKenzie Milton is having himself a season. Check out these stats:
- 300 passing YPG
- 30 TD’s / 6 Int’s
Oh and by the way, Milton’s team is undefeated and playing for the American Athletic Conference Championship next Saturday. Might not get an invite to NYC, but game needs to recognize game.