For the first five weeks of our Heisman Trophy voting, Saquon Barkley and Bryce Love were in control. Last week, their dominance ended. Baker Mayfield seized the moment and vaulted to the top of our poll.
Week 11 of the college football season saw Mayfield lead Oklahoma to victory in a Top 10 match-up against TCU. Would any contenders be able to gain ground on Mayfield after such a strong performance?
Let’s take a look at our sixth poll for 2017 and see how our voters see the race through eleven weeks of the college football season.
What you’ll see each week in The Comeback Heisman Poll:
* The top total vote getters, with quotes from the voters in support of their candidate
* A list of all players receiving votes
* Poll notes that look at some interesting facts, figures and trends of the poll
* The TCB Roll Call of voters, with links to their twitter accounts
Without any further ado, here’s the sixth 2017 installment of The Comeback’s Heisman Poll:
1. Baker Mayfield (QB – Oklahoma): 17 points, 47.2% of votes, 5 first-place votes
Last week: 18 of 27 passing (66.7% completion rate) for 333 yards with 3 TD and 0 INT and 50 yards rushing.
Season: 213 of 299 passing (71.2%) for 3559 yards with 31 TD and 5 INT. 231 yards rushing with 5 rushing TD.
This week: at Kansas (1-9)
Mayfield solidified his lead on the top spot this week by racking up 383 yards of total offense against TCU, which currently ranks 13th nationally in total defense. At the rate he’s producing, it’s tough to see anyone else hoisting college football’s most coveted trophy this year.
– Terry Johnson
– Bart Doan
Mayfield continues to play well in big games for the Sooners. (Though he’s played well in every game this season.) If TCU was Oklahoma’s last big test before the Big 12 title game (and a possible rematch), throwing for 333 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions is yet another impressive notch on Mayfield’s Heisman résumé. Bryce Love had a great game in Stanford’s upset of Washington, but that doesn’t feel like enough to overtake Mayfield as the front-runner. He’s got the momentum now.
– Ian Casselberry
2. Bryce Love (RB – Stanford): 6 points, 16.6% of votes, 1 first-place vote
Last week: 30 carries for 166 yards (5.53 ypc) and 3 rushing TD
Season: 1622 yards rushing on 181 carries (8.9 ypc) with 15 rushing TD.
This week: vs Cal (5-5)
3. Khalil Tate (QB – Arizona): 4 points, 11.1% of votes, 0 first-place votes
Last week: 206 yards rushing on 16 carries (12.8 ypc) with 2 rushing TD. 5 for 7 passing for 68 yards with 0 TD and 1 INT.
Season: 1293 yards rushing on 111 carries (11.6 ypc) with 11 rushing TD. 65 for 105 passing for 998 yds with 8 TD and 6 INT.
This week: at Oregon (5-5)
Also receiving votes: Saquon Barkley (RB – Penn State) 3 point2; Rashaad Penny (RB – San Diego State) 2 points; Kerryon Johnson (RB – Auburn) 2 points; Jalen Hurts (QB – Alabama) 1 point; Josh Adams (RB – Notre Dame) 1 point
Dropped Out: Lamar Jackson (QB – Louisville); McKenzie Milton (QB – UCF) 2 points; Roquan Smith (LB – UGA); Will Greer (QB – West Virginia)
– Here’s a look at who was in the lead in our Heisman voting from 2011 to 2016.
2011: Andrew Luck, Stanford
2012: Collin Klein, Kansas State
2013: Jameis Winston, Florida State
2014: Marcus Mariota, Oregon
2015: Derrick Henry, Alabama
2016: Lamar Jackson, Louisville
– The above history lesson tells us that Baker Mayfield is in fantastic position to take home the trophy. The last time a player lost their Heisman lead this far into the season was 2012 when we had Collin Klein in the pole position.
– Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor has not gotten much press for the Heisman, but it is hard to ignore his numbers. Taylor has over 1500 yards rushing. He leads the Big Ten in rushing by over 500 yards. He has a league-best 12 rushing touchdowns. His Badgers are also undefeated and face Michigan this week. The Wolverines have lost some luster, but a big game could put Taylor into contention.
– A huge game that could have Heisman implications will take place… next week. The Iron Bowl looms on the horizon with Alabama against Auburn for all the bragging rights in the state, a chance for a SEC title and more. We could also be looking at two darkhorse Heisman contenders in this game. Alabama’s Jalen Hurts continues to do nothing but win for the Tide. Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson is now the leading rusher in the SEC. If Johnson can help the Tigers knock off the Tide, he could jump right into the mix.
– The race for the Heisman is Mayfield’s to lose, but keep an eye on the contenders. Love and Tate deserve their chance in the spotlight with their video game numbers. Can they put up enough eye-popping stats and highlights to garner more votes? Or will somebody come up from the back of the pack for a late run at the trophy?
The Comeback Heisman Poll Roll Call