We are officially on the back-end of the college football season and the halfway mark brought with it one of the biggest upsets in recent history.
Baker Mayfield and his #3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners lost a heart-breaker to Iowa State 38-31 in Norman. It was the first time in school history that the Cyclones beat an AP Top-5 team on the road. What’s even more incredible is that ISU did it with their third-string quarterback from a year ago who got thrust into action as their former starter left the team for personal reasons and their backup switched to linebacker over the offseason. If anything, this was a huge testament to the ISU coaching staff but it does not make it look any prettier for Mayfield and his Heisman hopes.
Lamar Jackson also found himself with an L this weekend after Louisville dropped their second game to an up-and-coming North Carolina State team. Both quarterbacks, however, still put up solid numbers which limited the hype lost from their game outcomes.
But how did our impressive running backs fare in Week 6?
Let’s take a look:
Dear east coast, Bryce Love is the Heisman frontrunner. Over 7 yds per Vs a def front that would compete w/any in CFB.
— Yogi Roth (@YogiRoth) October 8, 2017
1 – Bryce Love, Stanford, RB The Love-Train continues to chug right along as the Stanford Cardinal pulled out a close victory over the #20 ranked Utah Utes in the latest version of #PAC12AfterDark. Love turned 20 carries into 152 yards and a touchdown to go along with two catches for an additional nine yards. At this rate, Love seems to be a shoe-in for a trip to New York. As far as getting the trophy goes, I wouldn’t be surprised if he began to taste it in the near future.
Make ’em miss, Saquon Barkley 👀 pic.twitter.com/7c3KsaHHMG
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 7, 2017
2 – Saquon Barkley, Penn State, RB
A two touchdown game for any skill-position (outside of quarterbacks) is nothing to ever shake a stick at. Barkley finished the romping of Northwestern with a double-dip in the endzone yet it was his second game in a row, and third for the season, where he failed to reach 100 yards on the ground. What makes this less of a Barkley-caliber performance is that he didn’t end up having much of an impact in the passing game either which usually helps to offset any deficiencies in his ground game.
Barkley turned 16 carries into 75 yards and two touchdowns. He added two catches for 14 yards and did not see a kick return against the Wildcats.
If Barkley wants to get back into the consensus #1 spot once more, he’ll need to get back to his play that caused everyone and their mother to say “WOW…” on a weekly basis.
3 – Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB
It was Jackson’s second loss of the season and his first to an opponent that most expected him to beat. The #17 ranked Cardinals were eventually overwhelmed by a #24 NCSU team that happens to boast one of the top EDGE rushers in college football in Bradley Chubb.
On the day, Jackson had a respectable performance as he completed 26-of-47 passes for 354 yards, a touchdown, and an interception to go along with 73 yards on the ground and a pair of scores.
427 yards of total offense is always great to have but, at this point, the country has become desensitized to big days from Jackson and I believe it’ll come down to winning games for him instead of stuffing the stat sheet like he did last year in terms of repeating as Heisman winner.
4 – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB
In what could be a momentum killer in his Heisman campaign, Mayfield played a mistake-free game in which he completed 24-of-33 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns with zero turnovers. He also found himself running the ball a bit more than usual as he toted the rock 11 times for an additional 57 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Although he played a great game individually, Mayfield was ultimately letdown by his defense in what could ultimately be the knife in the back of the Sooners’ playoff hopes. I hope even with this loss, Mayfield still understands there is plenty to play for as he is not yet finished leaving his mark on the college football landscape.
5 – Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, QBin Still
Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys got their bye-week just in time to get some rest before a possible shootout with the winless Baylor Bears in Stillwater. Expect a heavy torrent of points on the scoreboard and big plays galore as these teams go at it this Saturday.