After some great college football games over the weekend before the first Sunday of NFL football kicked off, the Heisman watch is already starting to heat up.
1. Baker Mayfield | Oklahoma QB | Senior | Last week: 4
It’s only a couple weeks in, but Baker Mayfield already made a Heisman statement and secured one of the better wins of the 2017 season. After completing 95% of his passes in Oklahoma’s first game, Mayfield lit up Ohio State in Columbus, going 27-35 for 386 yards and three touchdowns. Then after the game, he planted OU’s flag in the center of The Horseshoe. Disrespectful, but he felt disrespected after the Buckeyes sang their fight song in Norman last year.
83.6% | 715 YDS | 6 TD | 0 INT
2. Lamar Jackson | Louisville QB | Junior | Last week: 3
The number three and number four guys on the list certainly have a case, but it’s too hard to ignore the things Lamar Jackson is doing. Through two games, the reigning Heisman winner has 1,010 total yards and eight total touchdowns—he had six against UNC on Saturday. It’s not like Jackson is doing this against inferior competition either. Like Mayfield last week, Jackson will have a big chance to make a statement against a top-three team in the country when Clemson comes to town.
64.7% | 771 YDS | 5 TD | 0 INT
40 ATT | 239 YDS | 6.0 AVG | 3 TD
3. Saquon Barkley | Penn State RB | Junior | Last week: 1
Barkley only has 28 carries through two games, but it’s led to 260 yards on an insane 9.3 yards per carry. Look for him to get his average up well above 10 yards per carry when Penn State takes on Georgia State this Saturday.
26 ATT | 260 YDS | 9.3 AVG | 3 TD
7 REC | 99 YDS | 14.1 AVG | 1 TD
4. Josh Rosen | UCLA QB | Junior | Last week: 2
With nine touchdowns and zero interceptions so far this season, Rosen—as everyone in the current top four—could be as high as number one on the list. Rosen is looking to keep up his scorching start to the season this Saturday against Memphis. Let’s see if he hits his current season average of 410 yards and 4.5 touchdowns per game.
67.9% | 820 YDS | 9 TD | 0 INT
5. Mason Rudolph | Oklahoma State QB | Senior | Last week: 5
They dominated against Tulsa and Southern Alabama, but Oklahoma State will have a tougher test this week against Pitt. It could also mean more competitive time in the game and more stats for Rudolph and the offense. With eight total touchdowns through two games, Rudolph will look to add another four this weekend.
72.6% | 638 YDS | 6 TD | 0 INT
7 ATT | 21 YDS | 3.0 AVG | 2 TD