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.

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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.

Week 4 Heisman HYPE Rankings

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

The top four remain unchanged from last week, but Trace McSorley made a jump into the top 5 after a clutch performance to seal a big conference win against Iowa. McSorley came through in the final drive, while Saquon Barkley put in work the entire game, racking up 211 rushing yards with 1 TD along with 94 receiving yards. Mason Rudolph fell out of the top 10 after Oklahoma State’s loss to TCU in what I picked to be the game of the week, despite a solid performance. As teams continue into conference play, expect to see some more movement in top 10. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #4

#16 TCU at #6 Oklahoma State

We have a top 25 matchup of Big 12 opponents. Mason Rudolph has looked impressive thus far this season, already going over 1,100 passing yards. This will be the fist major test for both teams, as neither has played a ranked opponent this year. Whoever wins this game looks to be on track for a big time showdown with Oklahoma as these teams face the Sooners in consecutive weeks in November (Bedlam is November 4th in Stillwater, TCU plays the Sooners in Norman on November 11th).

Week 3 Heisman HYPE Rankings

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
2 4 Jake Browning QB Washington
3 5 Sam Darnold QB USC
4 2 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
5 9 Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
6 7 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State
7 10 Luke Falk QB Washington State
8 8 Trace McSorley QB Penn State
9 3 Josh Rosen QB UCLA
10 6 Lamar Jackson QB Louisville

Despite a solid performance from Lamar Jackson (317 passing yards and 3 TDs plus 64 rushing yards), Louisville got trounced by Clemson in a big ACC matchup. It definitely looks to be shaping up as a quarterback-heavy Heisman race this year, as Saquon Barkley is the only non-QB currently in the top 10. Stay tuned…

Heisman HYPE Game of the Week #3

#3 Clemson at #14 Louisville

This was a huge matchup last year, pitting Deshaun Watson against Lamar Jackson, both with serious Heisman aspirations. It was a top-5 matchup (Louisville was #3 and Clemson was #5) of undefeated teams with ACC and CFB Playoff implications. Clemson went on to win the game, the ACC and the National Championship. Many big names from last year’s game have moved on, but Lamar Jackson is back and looking avenge last year’s loss. If he can put up numbers close to what he did against North Carolina, it should definitely be an exciting game to watch.

Week 2 Heisman HYPE Rankings

 

Rank Previous Rank Name Position School
1 1 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
2 2 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
3 5 Josh Rosen QB UCLA
4 6 Jake Browning QB Washington
5 NR Sam Darnold QB USC
6 NR Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
7 3 Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State
8 9 Trace McSorley QB Penn State
9 NR Jalen Hurts QB Alabama
10 8 Luke Falk QB Washington State

Baker Mayfield came up big with 385 passing yards and 3 TDs and got revenge against Ohio State on Saturday night, keeping this top spot in the Heisman HYPE rankings this week. After a huge game against UNC (525 total yards and 6 total TDs), last year’s winner Lamar Jackson makes his appearance in the top 10.