Week 14 Heisman Hype Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
2 3 Bryce Love RB Stanford
3 4 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
4 2 Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin
5 5 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
6 6 Sam Darnold QB USC
7 8 Rashaad Penny RB San Diego State
8 10 JT Barrett QB Ohio State
9 7 Josh Adams RB Notre Dame
10 9 Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn

This is the final ranking before the finalists are announced this week and the Heisman Trophy is awarded on Saturday. Baker Mayfield cemented his #1 spot with 243 passing yards and 4 touchdowns along with 65 rushing yards in the Sooner’s big win over TCU which clinched their stop in the College Football Playoff for the second straight year. Jonathan Taylor was held to 41 yards rushing in Wisconsin’s loss to Ohio State, the Badgers’ first loss of the season, which, unfortunately came at the worst possible time, keeping them out of the playoff. Bryce Love’s 125 yards rushing and 1 TD weren’t enough to get Stanford past USC in the Pac-12 Championship game.

Thanks for following along this season. Tune in Saturday night to see if Baker does, in fact take home this year’s Heisman Trophy.

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Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #14

Big Ten Championship

Wisconsin vs Ohio State

Jonathan Taylor and the Badgers can punch Wisconsin’s first ticket to the CFB Playoff with a win against Ohio State in the conference championship. A Wisconsin loss would certainly make things interesting for the Playoff Selection Committee. Taylor has 1806 yards rushing on the year, with an outside shot at cracking 2000 yards if he can have a big day against the Buckeyes. This situation is similar to where the Badgers found themselves in 2014, led by running back Melvin Gordon heading into the Big Ten Championship game with a shot at making the playoff. In that case, however, the Badgers were blown out in that game 59-0. Meanwhile for the Buckeyes, they seemed to have been eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to Iowa, but they’ve remained in the conversation and winning the Big Ten would certainly help their cause. It’s also worth mentioning that this week is the last opportunity to make an impression on Heisman voters and the handful of players on teams vying for a conference title have a chance for a strong final statement.

Week 13 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
2 2 Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin
3 3 Bryce Love RB Stanford
4 4 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
5 7 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
6 6 Sam Darnold QB USC
7 5 Josh Adams RB Notre Dame
8 9 Rashaad Penny RB San Diego State
9 NR Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn
10 8 JT Barrett QB Ohio State

Baker Mayfield stayed at #1 after cruising to a win over West Virginia despite sitting out the first series a punishment for his antics the previous week. Jonathan Taylor ran for 149 yards and a touchdown in a win against Minnesota. Bryce Love ran for 125 yards in Stanford’s statement win over Notre Dame. Newcomer to the list Kerryon Johnson’s 104 yards rushing and a touchdown were the key in Auburn’s upset win over Alabama to earn the Tigers a spot in the SEC Championship game against Georgia, whom they beat just two weeks ago.

Six out of the current top 10 players (Mayfield, Taylor, Love, Darnold, Johnson and Barrett)  will be playing in conference championship games this coming week, giving them a final opportunity to add to their Heisman case. Come by next week for the final ranking before the Heisman Trophy ceremony on December 9th.

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #13

Notre Dame vs Stanford

This is a classic rivalry game featuring two of the nation’s top running backs in Notre Dame’s Josh Adams and Stanford’s Bryce Love. Both have been in the Heisman discussion over the course of the year and both have a shot at making it to New York as Heisman finalists this year. Notre Dame had their hopes of making the College Football Playoff for the first time dashed after getting blown out by Miami two weeks ago in a game where Adams was neutralized, being held to 40 rushing yards and just 2.5 yards per carry (interestingly, the only other game in which Adams was held below 3 yards per carry was Notre Dame’s  loss to Georgia). Bryce Love, meanwhile, is leading the nation in rushing yards per game at 172.3, and is averaging over 8 yards per carry. This is a match-up of running backs  worth tuning in to. Happy Thanksgiving!

Week 12 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
2 2 Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin
3 3 Bryce Love RB Stanford
4 5 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
5 4 Josh Adams RB Notre Dame
6 6 Sam Darnold QB USC
7 8 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
8 7 JT Barrett QB Ohio State
9 NR Rashaad Penny RB San Diego State
10 9 Jalen Hurts QB Alabama

Baker Mayfield stayed at #1 after a strong (although unsurprising) performance against Kansas, which may have garnered more attention for him being left hanging for a pregame handshake as well as some sideline antics than for anything that happened on the field. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 132 yards in a big win for Michigan. Saquon Barkley got himself back on track after a few down weeks with 158 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns along with 66 receiving yards in Penn State’s win over Nebraska. With only this coming weeks of rivalry games and the conference championship games remaining, only time is almost up for these players to make any last impressions on the Heisman voters.

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #12

Michigan vs Wisconsin

Wisconsin bolstered their resume by defeating Iowa last week, earning their first win over a ranked opponent this season. This was a strong Iowa team who took Penn State to the wire earlier this year and had beaten Ohio State the previous week.

Wisconsin’s freshman running back Jonathan Taylor is averaging 152 rushing yards per game and is still in the Heisman discussion. If he can continue his strong performances and Wisconsin can win their last 3 games (Michigan, Minnesota and the Big Ten Championship) then Wisconsin will make their first appearance in the CFB Playoff and Taylor should find himself in New York for the Heisman Ceremony.

Week 11 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
2 2 Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin
3 5 Bryce Love RB Stanford
4 3 Josh Adams RB Notre Dame
5 4 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
6 6 Sam Darnold QB USC
7 9 JT Barrett QB Ohio State
8 8 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
9 7 Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
10 NR Mason Rudolph RB Oklahoma State

Baker Mayfield strengthened his hold on the top spot with a big game in the Sooners’ win over TCU, putting up 333 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 157 yards in a big win for Wisconsin over Iowa, the Badgers’ first win over a ranked opponent this season. Bryce Love had a huge game in Stanford’s win over Washington, rushing for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns. Things are winding down and the top contenders seem to be getting clearer as we near December.

 

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #11

TCU vs Oklahoma

Another week, another big game in the Big 12 with major implications. Both TCU and Oklahoma have a single loss, both coming to Iowa State. Both have a shot at the Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. The winner of this game will be in good position on both fronts. The loser would still have a chance to make it to the Big 12 Championship game, but with two losses would be eliminated from playoff contention.

Baker Mayfield had a huge game against Oklahoma State last week, throwing for an eye-popping 598 yards and 5 touchdowns, along with a rushing touchdown. That has put him in the driver’s seat for the Heisman, and another performance of that caliber could very well seal the deal for him. For TCU, Kenny Hill has been inconsistent, failing to log a passing touchdown over the last two games. For those who enjoy high-scoring contests, this should be a fun game to watch.

Week 10 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 3 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
2 1 Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin
3 5 Josh Adams RB Notre Dame
4 2 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
5 4 Bryce Love RB Stanford
6 7 Sam Darnold QB USC
7 8 Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
8 9 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
9 6 JT Barrett QB Ohio State
10 NR Nick Chubb RB Georgia

Once again, the top 5 is shaken up. Saquon Barkley falls further down the list after being limited to 96 yards from in Penn State’s last second loss to Michigan State and being held out of the end zone for the first time this year. Meanwhile, Baker Mayfield had an incredible game in Oklahoma’s big win over Oklahoma State, putting up 598 yards passing and 5 touchdowns, plus another touchdown rushing. He leads the Sooners against TCU in a big matchup this week that could help push Oklahoma into the College Football Playoff and bolster his Heisman resume. Some other Heisman hopefuls have big games this week as well, with Bryce Love and Stanford facing Washington, Josh Adams and Notre Dame going up against undefeated Miami, and Jonathan Taylor leads Wisconsin against a strong Iowa team. Check back next week to see how things shake out.

 

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #10

#8 Oklahoma at #11 Oklahoma State

It’s Bedlam. A top 15 matchup of in-state rivals with major Big 12 implications. Three ranked teams from the Big 12 (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU) each have one loss, all to conference opponents. All three teams still have a shot to win the Big 12 and this game factor heavily into the final outcome. In addition to a Big 12 title, the winner of this game has a good chance of making the CFB Playoff.

Outside of the team implications, both teams’ quarterbacks have been in Heisman contention, with Baker Mayfield having made the stronger case up to this point in the season. A big game from Mason Rudolph and a Cowboys win could help him back into the thick of the Heisman race as the season winds down.