Consistently moving the ball on offense during the first half, the Oklahoma Sooners failed to put points on the board largely due to turnovers against the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, things quickly shifted in the second half as Baker Mayfield and the rest of the crew exploded for 28 points. Claiming the best win of the season thus far, the quarterback surged ahead in the latest Heisman Watch List.
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Labeled as a dynamic quarterback by Urban Meyer after the game on Saturday, Mayfield takes over the top spot on the Heisman Watch List published by ESPN. Throwing for three touchdowns and 386 yards, the senior completed 77% of his past attempts. The effort produced the largest margin of victory for a visitor inside “The Horseshoe” since 1999.
Giving credit to his receivers, one question remains: does Mayfield deserve to be at the top of the list?
By comparison, the reigning Heisman winner in Lamar Jackson produced one of the best individual performances of the season. Throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for three more, the individual effort lifted Louisville to victory. Remaining undefeated, Jackson threw for 300+ yards and rushed for 100+ yards for a second consective week.
While Mayfield may be the best quarterback in the nation, Jackson remains the best football player. Unfortunately, the for the Sooner faithful — myself included — the Heisman belongs to the best college football player each and every year. On the other hand, the Davey O’Brien Award goes to the best college quarterback. A distinction must be made.
Right now, it’s hard to argue against Lamar Jackson being the favorite in my opinion which leave Mayfield in close second.
With a ton of football left to be played this year, the landscape will continue to shift as it pertains to the Heisman Trophy. When it’s all said and done, who will add the trophy to their collection? Leave us your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.