By Seth McCaskill
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma- 3,226 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, five interceptions, 71.7 completion percentage, five rushing touchdowns
Baker Mayfield has surely taken the lead in the Heisman race considering he set the Oklahoma single-game passing record with 598 yards in Bedlam on Saturday. His ability to carry his team to victory despite an awful defensive performance was impressive. There have not been many players in recent memory who are as exciting to watch as Mayfield, and he may finally be rewarded, as his running back rivals have fallen back in recent weeks.
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State- 152 rushes, 864 yards, nine touchdowns, 39 receptions, 504 yards, three touchdowns, two return touchdowns
Saquon Barkley has struggled to get anything going in the past two weeks, and he was held to 111 all-purpose yards in the Nittany Lions’ loss to Michigan State. After being the leading candidate for most of the season, he has opened the door for the competition with his recent struggles. His rushing stats are not overly impressive, so if he cannot make a difference in other aspects of the game, his chances are probably dropping.
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford- 151 rushes, 1456 yards, 12 touchdowns
Bryce Love had a pedestrian performance last week, as his Stanford Cardinal fell victim to an upset from Washington State. He ran for only 69 yards, well below his season pace. He is still averaging 9.6 yards per carry, however, so he certainly is not out of the running yet. It has not quite been the year we have come to expect from running backs in college football in recent years.
Oklahoma State’s top candidate- Mason Rudolph, QB- 3,314 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 63.3 completion percentage, seven rushing touchdowns
Although Rudolph has fallen out of the hunt, he is still leading the nation in passing yards and will go down as arguably the best quarterback in Oklahoma State history. Although he made a few mistakes down the stretch against Oklahoma, no one can blame the loss on him, as he led the offense to 52 points and the defense still could not hold up. Rudolph will finish his career 1-2 versus Baker Mayfield, but he will still have a lasting legacy in Stillwater and could end up being the leading passer in college football.