We’re now eight weeks into the season and the Heisman frontrunners have distanced themselves from the rest of the pack. In a year that was supposed to be full of high-end quarterback play, it’s actually the running backs that have impressed the most. A couple backs look like they’re the top candidates and catching up to them won’t be easy.
5. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Jackson broke the Louisville record for career rushing TDs this past weekend and is having another phenomenal season. He’s cleared 300 passing yards in five of seven games, 100 rushing yards in four of seven, and has 26 total TDs on the year. Louisville’s early loss to Clemson and their current two game losing streak are the biggest factors working against Jackson right now, and he’ll most likely to need to go undefeated the rest of the season if he wants to win the Heisman a second time.
4. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: Arguably the best player on the list, Barkley has been somewhat of an enigma. He has the talent to go for over 100 yards every game, but a light workload and easy wins have held him back. James Franklin has chosen to rest his back and keep him as healthy as possible, which is a great strategy unless someone is trying to win the Heisman. If Franklin lets his star loose the second half of the season, the Heisman is hi,s but until then, he sits idly by just cracking the top 5
3. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: If it wasn’t for a loss to Iowa State two weeks ago, Baker Mayfield would probably still be the favorite to win the Heisman. He’s top-20 in passing yards, top-10 in passing touchdowns, and only has one interception on the season. The one loss has hurt his chances, but if he continues to produce at the rate he has all season then he’s got a great chance at winning the Heisman.
2. Rashaad Penny, RB, SDSU: Penny has the third most rushing yards in the country with 1,046, and is top-10 in rushing TDs, with 10. He’s having the second best season in the country, and if he had more national exposure you’d hear his name a lot more often. Most years he could be the top candidate for Heisman, and he still has time to pull it off but it isn’t easy, especially playing at San Diego State where half of the country has never seen you play.
1. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford: Love has the most rushing yards in the country by over 200, with 1,387 yards. He has rushed for 11 TDs and been completely unstoppable. If it weren’t for him Stanford’s offense would be the worst in the country. Instead though they’ve won their last four and are now ranked 22nd in the AP Top 25 poll. Love has almost completely made up for the the fact that Stanford’s quarterbacks couldn’t win a Pop Warner game by themselves, and he has having the best season in college with no other help on the offense.