Each week all through the season, Dr. Saturday will spotlight the 5 gamers we predict are the highest Heisman contenders. The record will change typically early within the season earlier than the true candidates separate themselves from the pack.
Previously: Week 1, Week 2, Week Three, Week four, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week Eight, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11
Outside of Lawrence, Kansas, there wasn’t an entire lot that occurred in Week 12.
You’ve seen it by now. Kansas’ defensive captains snubbed Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Heisman favourite, for a post-coin toss handshake, and Mayfield didn’t take it too kindly. After a 3rd quarter landing, he grabbed his crotch and mentioned some unhealthy phrases within the path of the Kansas sideline.
Will that impression his Heisman candidacy? Slightly bit, most likely. It’s a secure guess you’ll see any individual write a moralistic column explaining why they left Mayfield off their poll. It occurred for Johnny Manziel. It occurred for Jameis Winston. It’ll occur for Mayfield, regardless of his apologies.
Antics apart, Mayfield’s on-field play makes him the clear frontrunner with two video games — West Virginia and the Big 12 championship — to go earlier than ballots have to be submitted.
You know who No. 1 is, however right here’s the total prime 5 (and extra) after Week 12:
1. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Aside from the nonsense we talked about above, the Kansas recreation was simply one other day on the workplace for Mayfield. The senior accomplished 20-of-30 pbades for 257 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-Three win the place he didn’t play many of the fourth quarter. The Sooners improved to 10-1, one other step alongside their quest to return to the College Football Playoff.
It’s onerous to think about OU being anyplace near this place with out Mayfield, who’s as much as 34 landing pbades with simply 5 interceptions. His Three,816 yards is second within the nation and his completion share (70.Eight), yards per completion (16.38) and quarterback score (199.Three) are the nation’s finest.
2. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford: Love’s ankle continues to be bothering him, but it surely didn’t cease him from placing up one other 100-yard recreation — his ninth of the season — in Stanford’s rivalry win over Cal. His 57-yard landing run within the third quarter put his workforce up 17-6 and it proved to be the successful rating in a 17-14 resolution.
In 10 video games (the ankle prompted him to overlook the Oregon State and saved him out of the second half vs. Oregon) Love ranks second within the nation with 1,723 yards and 16 touchdowns on 195 carries. His Eight.Eight-yard common is third within the nation behind Arizona QB Khalil Tate (10.6) and Navy’s Malcolm Perry (9.6), who has lined up at each QB and RB this season.
Stanford will end its common season towards Notre Dame on Saturday, however what occurs within the Apple Cup will probably be of main significance to the Cardinal. If Washington upsets Washington State, Stanford clinches the Pac-12 North. The Pac-12 title recreation could be an enormous stage for Love.
Three. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin: Just behind Love among the many NCAA speeding leaders is Wisconsin freshman Jonathan Taylor, who has 1,657 yards and 12 touchdowns after placing up 132 yards on 19 carries in UW’s win over Michigan. Taylor’s 132 yards is the very best particular person speeding efficiency towards the Wolverines (No. Three in whole protection) this season.
As we famous final week, he’s neck-and-neck with Adrian Peterson’s freshman document tempo from 2004. Through 11 video games, Peterson, who completed with 1,925 yards, had 1,671 yards. Taylor isn’t far off, and since Wisconsin locked up a spot within the Big Ten title recreation, he has not less than three video games (and possibly extra) remaining. If the Badgers care for enterprise as anticipated this week towards Minnesota, Taylor can badist his workforce attain the CFP with a efficiency on the Big Ten Championship stage.
four. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: We’ll say it once more: Lamar Jackson deserves to make the journey to New York City as soon as once more. Louisville has had an up-and-down yr, however Jackson has put up ridiculous numbers on a weekly foundation. Last week, he grew to become the primary participant in NCAA historical past to go for Three,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He added to that on Saturday in a blowout win over Syracuse. Without taking part in the fourth quarter, Jackson threw for 270 yards ran for 111 yards and mixed for 4 touchdowns (2 pbading, 2 speeding).
Jackson received the Heisman final season with these numbers: 230/409 (56.2 p.c), Three,543 yards, 30 TDs and 9 INTs pbading with 1,571 yards (6.zero avg.) and 21 TDs speeding.
In 2017, with two video games to go, Jackson’s numbers seem like this: 226/378 (59.Eight), Three,273 yards, 23 TDs and 6 INTs pbading with 1,287 yards (6.Eight avg) and 17 TDs speeding.
5. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: After struggles working the ball (typically to no fault of his personal), Penn State’s Saquon Barkley had an enormous recreation in a house win over Nebraska. On 17 carries, Barkley put up 158 yards and three touchdowns, breaking this system document for speeding scores within the course of. Barkley lastly broke the 1,000-yard barrier (1,zero57) to go along with his 14 scores. Barkley additionally caught six pbades for 66 yards, giving him 46 catches (T-Third amongst RBs) for 590 yards (2nd amongst RBs). Barkley’s 188.18 all-purpose yards per recreation rank No. 2 within the nation.
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Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State: Penny, the nation’s main rusher (1,824 yards), wasn’t among the many finalists (Love, Barkley, Taylor) for the Doak Walker Award after they had been revealed Monday. His teammates and coaches weren’t very pleased about it, particularly after his efficiency towards Nevada: 222 speeding yards and four whole TDs (2 speeding, 1 kick return, 1 punt return). That’s clearly an unimaginable output, but it surely was towards Nevada, one of many worst groups within the nation, on the heels of 234 yards and 253 yards and Hawaii and San Jose State, two different Mountain West bottom-feeders. Penny has an awesome case to make it to New York, however his competitors was at all times going to carry him again.
Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona: The Khalil Tate prepare lastly swerved off the tracks a bit on Saturday towards Oregon. Entering Autzen Stadium, his lowest speeding whole as a starter was 137 yards. Against the Ducks, Tate managed solely 32 yards on 14 carries to go together with 159 yards, a landing and two interceptions by the air. Despite the off day, Tate nonetheless leads the nation in speeding common (10.6 yards) with 1,325 yards on 125 makes an attempt.
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