Only three things are certain in this life: death, taxes, and Bryce Love rushing all over whomever Stanford is playing on Saturdays.
In other news, do-it-all stud muffin Saquon Barkley was on a bye this week so his position on this list was safe for one another day.
Baker Mayfield and the Sooners got to gallop off into the sunset after a narrow victory over Texas in the Red River Rivalry while Mason Rudolph enjoyed a very productive game against the hurting Baylor Bears.
Reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson struggled mightily through the air against Boston College but still found a lot of success on the ground. However, he couldn’t will his team to a victory as he suffered his third loss of the season.
Where did everyone end up? Were there any new additions? Let’s take a look:
Most breakaway yards since 2014:
'14 Melvin Gordon- 1325
'14 Tevin Coleman- 1156
'15 Dalvin Cook- 1066
'17 Bryce Love- 1018 (7 games) pic.twitter.com/9FlQspdicO
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 17, 2017
1 – Bryce Love, Stanford, RB
Love continues to leave footprints all over his opponents as he gutted the Oregon Ducks to the tune of 17 rushes for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Love is not involved in the passing game in the same way his fellow hopeful Saquon Barkley is, but he doesn’t need to be when he averages just under 10 yards a clip.
At this point, the Heisman trophy is Love’s to lose as long as he maintains this insane pace.
2 – Saquon Barkley, Penn State, RB
Barkley and the Nittany Lions got to enjoy a much needed bye week before their marquee match-up with the Wolverines of Michigan.
This should be one of the toughest tests for Barkley up to this point and if he is able to show out like we all know he can, he may find himself atop this list once more.
Baker Mayfield deep passing stats
8 TDs/0 INTs
65.7 adjusted comp. %
141.4 passer rating
— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) October 20, 2017
3 – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB
Mayfield finally got his first victory against the Texas Longhorns and it couldn’t have happened in a bigger game. It was a fairly sub-par performance by normal standards, but Mayfield did exactly what he needed to do in order to come out on top.
In all, Mayfield went 17-for-27 for a respectable 302 yards to go along with two touchdowns and an interception. He added 7 rushes for an additional 27 yards.
4 – Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, QB
Mason Rudolph had the best performance of the Heisman-hopefuls this week as he was extremely productive and efficient against a lowly Baylor squad. It wasn’t a statement game by any means but it was a performance he needed to have against a team like this.
Rudolph finished with an impressive stat-line which included 19-for-31 passing for 459 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He added an additional touchdown on the ground with 11 yards on three carries.
5 – Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB
Wins aren’t the most important stat for a Heisman-hopeful as they don’t always tell the whole story. Of course sometimes said hopeful can completely ball out and still be let down by their defense.
Jackson didn’t have his most efficient performance of year but that didn’t stop him from stuffing the stat sheet to near-capacity. Jackson finished a dismal 19-for-39 passing but managed 332 yards through the air and two touchdowns with a single interception. On the flip-side, Jackson exploded for 180 yards and three touchdowns on the ground on 22 total carries.
However, all the yardage didn’t exactly equate to a victory as the Cardinal inevitably lost a shootout to the Golden Eagles.