It was a weekend full of conference championships and teams trying to punch their ticket to the College Football Playoffs. Many Heisman candidates played in these games, making their presence known as a dominant football players. However, there’s only one Heisman candidate that will be playing in the playoffs and he is also the favorite to win. Here are the Heisman rankings after the championship week of football.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Baker Mayfield continued his excellence against a tough TCU defense and became the only candidate in the College Football Playoffs. He finished a near perfect season, and passed Sam Bradford for the FBS record in career pass efficiency rating. He also racked up 243 yards and four touchdowns on his way to winning the Big 12 championship. At this point, there isn’t a resume that even compares to Mayfield’s, who will be the clear favorite to win in New York.
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford: Bryce Love was an absolute warrior, fighting through an ankle injury in the Pac 12 championship. Hobbling on one leg, Love still managed to rush for 125 yards and a touchdown. It would’ve been impressive if he reached the 2,000 yards on the year, but 1,973 yards is very respectable. Love finished the year with a 8.32 yard per carry average and showed the nation he is a special talent who is very worthy of Heisman consideration.
Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State: Penny has been flying under the radar of elite running backs. The attention was on Love, Barkley, Johnson, Taylor, and even Adams while Penny has run away as the nation’s leader in rushing yards. He’s won the Mountain West’s Offensive Player of the Year with a total of 2,027 rushing yards in 12 games. With an average of 225 all-purpose yards a game, it’s clear to see how versatile Penny is. With some stiffer competition, he could’ve made a great case to win this award.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Jackson has fantastic statistics for the year, as he has nearly duplicated his Heisman winning year. He’s thrown for 3,489 yards and 25 touchdowns, rushed for 1,443 yards and 17 touchdowns, and has only thrown six interceptions. His Heisman conversation this year ends when you compare how Jackson and Mayfield have performed against tough opponents.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: Barkley replaces Jonathon Taylor’s spot after Wisconsin lost to Ohio State in the Big 10 championship. Barkley started out the first half of the year strong, establishing himself as a running back that could do everything. He finished the year with 1,728 all-purpose yards, trailing only Penny. Barkley could’ve finished the year as the leader, but defenses planned to stop Barkley at all costs, which cost Barkley in the statistics category.