Bryce Love, Stanford RB
It only makes sense for the Heisman runner-up to naturally move into the role as ‘favorite’ after the departure of leading vote-getter, Baker Mayfield. In fact, only three of the top-10 Heisman finishers from 2017 are back playing college football in 2018 (Jonathan Taylor for Wisconsin and McKenzie Milton for UCF). So by process of elimination alone Love is easily a Heisman favorite. That’s before we even discuss his potential.
Love is due for another big year with one of the better offensive lines in the country returning the most explosive back in the country. Stanford has four returning offensive lineman and a seasoned QB certainly doesn’t hurt either. There were times during the 2nd-half of the season where Love didn’t appear to be 100%. He was still able to rake 2,118 rushing yards – the second-best total in Pac-12 history. Love’s 19 TD’s and 8.1 YPC were both top-5 in the country as well.
There’s a lot to Love about the Stanford RB. Can Bryce break the ‘Cardinal Curse’ after four Stanford Heisman runner-up finishes since 2009?