Week 9 Heisman HYPE Rankings

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

Another shake up in the top 5 as Penn State suffered its first loss of the season to Ohio State in a thrilling game. Saquon Barkley starting things off with a bang, taking the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. The Buckeye defense largely kept him in check the rest of the day, limiting him to 67 yards from scrimmage (by far his lowest total of the season) and one rushing touchdown. In addition to knocking Barkley from the top spot in the Heisman HYPE rankings, it also puts Penn State in a tough spot in the Big Ten and CFB Playoff picture.

Elsewhere, Josh Adams made a strong statement in Notre Dame’s big win over North Carolina State, rushing for 202 yards and a touchdown. He joins Barkley, Bryce Love and our new #1 Jonathan Taylor at the top of a running back-heavy list of Heisman contenders.

Everyone in the top 10 still has some big matchups left to add to their case for the Heisman, but things are getting down to the wire.

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Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #9

#2 Penn State at #6 Ohio State

Penn State handled Michigan in Happy Valley last week, now they’re headed to the Horseshoe to contend with Penn State. Both teams are undefeated in Big Ten play and along with Michigan State (who Penn State plays next week) are vying for the top spot in the Big Ten East to likely meet an also undefeated Wisconsin for the Big Ten title and a likely shot at the College Football Playoff.

Penn State has steadily moved through their schedule led by Saqoun Barkley and Trace McSorely, while Ohio State has trounced all of their opponents by an average of 42 points following their loss to Oklahoma. This is a game you don’t want to miss.

Week 8 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
2 2 Bryce Love RB Stanford
3 3 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
4 5 Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin
5 7 Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
6 8 Trace McSorley QB Penn State
7 6 Nick Chubb RB Georgia
8 4 Sam Darnold QB USC
9 9 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State
10 NR Lamar Jackson QB Louisville

The top 5 saw some movement again this week as USC loss to Notre Dame hurt Sam Darnold. The top 3 remain unchanged. Wisconsin’s freshman running back Jonathan Taylor continues to put up outstanding numbers for the Badgers as they remain undefeated. Saquon Barkley had another solid performance in a win against Michigan, notching rushing and receiving touchdowns to go along with 161 yards from scrimmage. Just about every player currently in the top 10 has at least one big game left against a ranked opponent, giving them a chance to make a strong impression to close out the season.

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #8

#19 Michigan vs #2 Penn State

This game is a major test for the Nittany Lions as it kicks off a stretch in which they play Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State in consecutive weeks. These upcoming games will go a long way I’m clearing up the picture in the Big Ten and also could have a big impact on the College Football Playoff race. The Michigan game will be a major opportunity for Saquon Barkley to strengthen his Heisman case. On Michigan’s end, they suffered a tough loss to Michigan State which knocked them out of the AP top 10. A win for the Wolverines keeps their playoff hopes alive.

Week 7 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
2 3 Bryce Love RB Stanford
3 5 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
4 6 Sam Darnold QB USC
5 NR Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin
6 8 Nick Chubb RB Georgia
7 NR Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
8 7 Trace McSorley QB Penn State
9 NR Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State
10 NR JT Barrett QB Ohio State

Another week with major movement in the rankings, as two of the players in the top 10 saw their teams lose their first games of the season in Jake Browning of Washington and Luke Falk of Washington State. These two fell all the way out of the top 10, with both of their teams falling from the AP top 10 as well. Saquon Barkley held on to the top spot with a bye this week, but Bryce Love is giving him some serious competition. Jonathan Taylor made a major move cracking the top top 5 as he and Wisconsin are making some serious noise in the Big Ten. Expect to see some more things shift with big conference games this coming week.

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #7

Utah at USC

Sam Darnold and the Trojans Recovered from their upset loss to Washington State two weeks ago to handle Oregon State. Suffered their first loss of the season to a fast-charging Stanford team. The winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 South and have the inside track to the Pac-12 Championship game. For USC, this game also would help keep hopes of making the College Football Playoff alive as well as helping Sam Darnold stay in Heisman contention.

Week 6 Heisman HYPE Rankings

 

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
2 2 Jake Browning QB Washington
3 9 Bryce Love RB Stanford
4 4 Luke Falk QB Washington State
5 3 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
6 5 Sam Darnold QB USC
7 7 Trace McSorley QB Penn State
8 10 Nick Chubb RB Georgia
9 8 Josh Rosen QB UCLA
10 NR Kelly Bryant QB Clemson

Some more movement in the top 10 after another exciting week in College Football. Baker Mayfield dropped down to 5th after OU was upset by Iowa State in Norman. Stanford’s Bryce Love made a big jump into the top 5 after another big game on the ground in Stanford’s win over Utah. Saquon Barkley held on to the top spot as he continues to make it look easy, while Jake Browning had another solid game as Washington remains undefeated as well. With Washington, Washington State and Stanford all having to play each other in the coming weeks, it will be interesting to see what happens to the rankings as we get deeper into conference play.

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #6

#17 Louisville at #24 NC State

The reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson has been lurking in the Heisman discussion this year, not dominating it. He had a chance to reclaim the spotlight against Clemson a few weeks ago, but couldn’t pull out a win and didn’t perform particularly well. North Carolina State has played well this year, beating Florida State in Tallahassee. In a conference game against a strong team on the road, Lamar Jackson could help his case to make it back to New York with a strong game tonight.

Week 5 Heisman HYPE Rakings

 

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 4 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
2 2 Jake Browning QB Washington
3 1 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
4 7 Luke Falk QB Washington State
5 3 Sam Darnold QB USC
6 8 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
7 5 Trace McSorley QB Penn State
8 9 Josh Rosen QB UCLA
9 NR Bryce Love RB Stanford
10 10 Nick Chubb RB Georgia

There was a lot of movement in the top 5, with Barkley moving up to #1 after his do-it-all performance against Indiana. Sam Darnold’s performance in USC’s loss to Washington State (in what I picked to be the game of the week) caused him to slip down to #5; that same game catapulted Luke Falk up to #4. Baker Mayfield slipped to #3 just because of OU’s bye this week, but don’t expect to see him fall out of the top 5 if he continues to play at the level he has been. Bryce Love cracked the top 10 after an impressive performance in Stanford’s win over Arizona State in which he ran for 301 yards, breaking Christian McCaffrey’s school single-game rushing yardage record. We’re getting into the thick of conference play this next few weeks, so expect to see some more movement in the rankings. See you soon.

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #5

#5 USC vs #16 Washington State

Here’s a top 25 matchup of undefeated Pac-12 teams with outstanding quarterbacks. USC’s Sam Darnold has been living up to the hype so far this season, keeping USC on track for a potential spot in the College Football Playoff while remaining a favorite in the Heisman race. Washington State’s Luke Falk has continued to move up the all-time list for Pac-12 quarterbacks, on pace to set the conference records for career passing yards and passing TDs. An upset by Washington State would certainly shake up the College Football landscape, while a solid performance from Darnold and USC on the road would be a strong point on the team’s resume as well as Darnold’s Heisman resume.

In the ACC, #2 Clemson vs #12 Virginia Tech is an intriguing matchup. With Florida State sitting at 0-2, Clemson appears to have established itself as the dominant team in the ACC for the time being, but Virginia Tech is sitting at 4-0 and could make a major statement by knocking off the Tigers in Blacksburg.