Much of the top of the list remains unchanged. The candidacy to watch is Bryce Love, who, if the award truly remains an individual one, builds quite the case.
Others considered: QB Josh Rosen (UCLA), QB J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), QB Jalen Hurts (Alabama), QB Kenny Hill (TCU), RB Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin), QB Josh Jackson (Virginia Tech), RB Royce Freeman (Oregon), QB Sam Darnold (USC), QB Jarrett Stidham (Auburn), QB Will Grier (West Virginia).
10. RB Rashaad Penny [Last Week NR] (San Diego State)—Some buzz is behind Penny, but I don’t see it going anywhere.
9. QB Jake Browning [Last Week: #10] (Washington)—It’s tough to see Browning winning the award, but it’s not too difficult to see Browning garnering an invite.
8. QB Lamar Jackson [Last Week NR] (Louisville)—The most dynamic player in college football is a longshot, but don’t count him out.
7. QB Trace McSorley [Last Week: #7] (Penn State)—While Barkley’s campaign gains more traction, McSorley’s performance deserves consideration.
6. RB Bryce Love [Last Week: NR] (Stanford)—If the Cardinal did not have two losses already, Love would be higher as no one has put together a more impressive than him. His 1088 yards and 11.1 ypc are eye-popping.
5. QB Mason Rudolph [Last Week: #5] (Oklahoma State)—Rudolph needs some help, but that was a big performance against a very solid Texas Tech team.
4. QB Kelly Bryant [Last Week #4] (Clemson)—No one is talking about Bryant as a serious Heisman contender, but this guy is putting up solid numbers and is the key offensive weapon on an elite team.
3. QB Luke Falk [Last Week #3] (Washington State)—Washington is a program on the rise and a team making a serious playoff run because of this QB. The signature win over USC puts Falk in contention.
2. RB Saquon Barkley [Last Week: #2] (Penn State)—Some see Barkley as a frontrunner, but the stud RB’s only TD last week was on special teams last week. While he is a complete back, he has failed to go above 100 yards on the ground in 3 of his 5 games.
1. QB Baker Mayfield [Last Week #1] (Oklahoma)—Mayfield holds my top spot after a bye week.