Week 5 of the college football season brought more of the usual as fans watched their star players continue to churn out stellar performances.
As the temperature outside starts to dip, each Heisman-hopeful must look to heat up as each new performance becomes more and more important in their journey to college football’s Mount Rushmore.
For example, Stanford’s Bryce Love has heated up so much you could say he might just spontaneously combust at any time. He is on a historic tear after running through the Sun Devils’ defense en route to breaking Christian McCaffrey’s single-game rushing record.
On the other hand, Saquon Barkley was humanized a bit against the Indiana Hoosiers as he struggled on the ground but overall had a big day with his all-purpose yardage.
For Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph. they continued to stuff the stat sheet and Baker Mayfield had a nice relaxing weekend off.
Heading into Week 6, here is my current top-5 for the Heisman trophy.
1 – Saquon Barkley, Penn State, RB
It was definitely a “down” game for Barkley as he registered his second game of the year where he was held under 100 yards rushing. To his credit, the last time he failed to hit triple digits on the ground, he managed to reach it through the air. Against Indiana, Barkley finished with 20 rushes for 56 yards and zero touchdowns. In the passing game, he collected 4 catches for another 51 yards but also failed to reach the end zone in that manner. It was his lone kick return that became his shining moment as he took the opening kickoff 98 yards to the house.
Even in an off game, Barkley still proves to everyone what a dynamic athlete and full-on game changer he can be.
Bryce Love’s box score-ing is a damn thing of beauty. pic.twitter.com/WlD46Y0Nry
— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) September 30, 2017
2 – Bryce Love, Standford, RB
By far the biggest riser up to this point in the season, Bryce Love has shown no signs of slowing down as he managed to crack the 1,000 yard plateau before we even reached October. In his game against Arizona State, Love scored three touchdowns, all from at least 45 yards out, on his way to 301 yards which broke the single-game rushing record that was previously held by Christian McCaffrey with 294.
For the season, Love sits at 1,088 yards and 8 touchdowns. No one knows if this type of productivity can be maintained but, if he can, he is almost a sure-thing to bring back the Heisman trophy to the running back position.
3 – Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB
Jackson got the opportunity to essentially coast through week 5 as his Louisville team took on a lowly Murray State squad. Jackson played just a shade over a half in this game but still found a way to put up almost 400 total yards and four total touchdowns.
On the day, Jackson completed 18-of-26 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. On the ground, he put together a very efficient performance, racking up 100 yards on the dot and another touchdown off of only seven carries.
4 – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB
Baker Mayfield and the Sooners got a chance to kick their feet up during their bye week.
They take on a 2-2 Iowa State squad on Saturday. Expect a big game against the lowly Cyclones.
5 – Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, QB
Rudolph found himself in a classic Big XII shootout with the Red Raiders of Texas Tech on Saturday. With three touchdowns through the air and another two on the ground, he accounted for every Cowboys score on the day.
His final line included 27-of-38 passing for 376 yards and the trio of scores with a single interception. He ended up with double-digit totes as well as he collected 50 yards on 11 carries.
Just another day at the office for the OSU gunslinger.