Week 2: Heisman Watch

Another great Saturday has come and gone. This week, we saw Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield have another spectacular week. Josh Rosen solidified his spot in the Heisman conversation, while Sam Darnold redeemed himself with a winning performance against Stanford. Mason Rudolph and Oklahoma State have not faced a Power 5 opponent, but his pass completion percentage isn’t too shabby.

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Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma Sooners
In a fantastic performance, the Oklahoma Sooners outlasted then # 2 Ohio State at the horseshoe. Baker Mayfield’s accuracy was a tremendous part of the Sooners success. Mayfield completed 27-of-35 for 386 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. He also gets major points for planting the Oklahoma flag at the Ohio State midfield. Talk about style points.

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Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville Cardinals

Lamar Jackson quieted his haters with his stellar performance against North Carolina on Saturday. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner showed the nation why he is the best player in college football. Jackson completed 25-of-39 for 393 yards, 3 passing TDs, 0 interceptions, 132 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs. Through two games, the junior QB has amassed 1,010 total yards, which is just short of his 1,015 through two games last season.

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Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA Bruins

It’s hard to leave someone out of the Heisman conversation after they erase a 34 point deficit and defeat a Power 5 team. The UCLA Bruins, led by Josh Rosen,  outscored Texas A & M 35-6 in the second half of last week’s matchup, 28 points coming in the fourth quarter alone. Rosen racked up 491 passing yards and 4 TDs. The Bruins faced off against Hawaii this week and Rosen, again, put on a show. The QB completed 22-of-25 for 329 yards and 5 TDs.

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Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State Cowboys

While the Cowboys have yet to face a Power 5 opponent, Mason Rudolph has been superb through two games. Oklahoma State has out scored its two opponents, 103-31. In his latest outing, Mason completed 25-of-38 for 335 yards and 3 TDs, 18 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD. On the season, the senior QB has 638 yards passing, 6 TDs and 0 interceptions.

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Sam Darnold, QB, USC Trojans

After a dismal week one performance, the pre-season Heisman favorite redeemed himself in week two. Sam Darnold’s Trojans defeated a great Stanford team on Saturday.   Darnold’s performance was no where near the other QBs listed above, but it was a step up from last week. Against Stanford, Darnold completed 21-of-26 for 316 yards, 4 TDs and 2 interceptions. It’s quite apparent Darnold has quite a bit of catching up to do if he wants to remain a serious Heisman contender.

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Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State Nittany Lions

The only non-QB in the discussion, Saquon Barkley absolutely deserves to be in the Heisman conversation. The dynamic junior RB might have been held under 100 yards rushing in the win against in state rival, Pitt, but his athleticism left Pitt’s defense in shambles. Barkley amassed 88 yards rushing for 1 TD and 45 yards receiving for 1 TD, 133 yards of total offense.

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