Heisman Watch Week 8
As we head into the back half of the college football schedule, there have been a few candidates that have emerged to the front of the Heisman race. A couple of running backs and a couple of quarterbacks have captured our attention. Here are my top 5 picks as to who should get the most outstanding player in college football.
5. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin, Freshman
Most of the running back attention in the Big 10 goes to Saquon Barkley but there is another stud that has been destroying teams left and right in the other division. He has almost rushed for 1,000 yards (986 to be exact) and has 10 TDs on the season in just 6 games. He has three 200-yard rushing games already this season. If Wisconsin and Penn State make it to the Big 10 Championship game, this could be a really fun matchup to watch.
4. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State, Senior
Since losing to Oklahoma in Week 2, Barrett has been on a tear. He has 1,351 yards passing, 18 TDs and 0 INTs since that game. He has the Buckeye offense rolling and a couple of statement opportunities in front of him with Penn State and Michigan looming in the not-too-distant future.
3. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma, Senior
He has almost thrown for 2,000 yards while completing 72.7% of his passes with 17 TDs and only 1 INT. He just beat arch rival Texas in the Red River Rivalry. His leadership and never-say-die attitude have carried the Sooners to wins over Texas and Ohio State. There is just something about this former walk-on that makes people around him better. He has that “It” factor that is important in a Heisman candidate.
2. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford, Junior
He leads the nation in rushing yards with 1,387. He leads the nation in rushing yards per game with 198. He leads the Pac-12 in TDs with 11. His average yards per carry this season is 10.3. His worst game this season statistically is 147 yards. Basically, Bryce Love is playing a videogame in real life.
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State, Junior
Barkley is third in the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,302 (649 rushing, 395 receiving, 258 return). He leads the nation in all-purpose yards per game with 217. He has 10 TDs in 6 games. He is the most complete running back in the nation right now and one of the most electrifying players as well. He needs to have a good showing in his next 3 games (Michigan, @ Ohio St, @ Michigan St) to maintain his lead on the Heisman Trophy.
Others considered- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville, Jr; Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama, Jr; Rashaad Penny, RB, SDSU, Sr; Mason Rudolph, QB, Ok St, Sr; Will Grier, QB, WVU, Sr; McKenzie Milton, QB, UCF, So; Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama, So