Heisman Hopefuls

Your Mid-Season Heisman Trophy Watch

We have now seen six weeks of college football in this, the year 2017. By now, there are things we know for sure. One thing we know for sure is that every team, no matter their rank, is beatable. For example: last week, unranked Iowa State beat Oklahoma, who had been ranked #3. Also, unranked Michigan State beat Michigan. The Wolverines dropped 10 spots to #17. Big teams can lose. Underdogs can win. That’s competition for you.

But in college football, it’s not just teams looking for recognition. It’s players, too. We don’t necessarily know which teams will be in the College Football Playoff. But we do have a pretty good idea which players are going to be in contention for the Heisman Trophy.

Watch Heisman contenders make their case and lead their teams on DISH. We have the most college football—see your favorite teams’ TV schedules here. And check back on the DIG week by week for recaps and upcoming noteworthy games. Right now, here are the players vying for the ultimate in stiff-arm hardware along with their week 7 games.

Bryce Love, RB – Stanford
10/14 at 10pm on FS1 vs Oregon

Where do we even start? How about the game against Arizona State in which Love broke the single-game school record for rushing yards, with 301? He has rushed for many yards this season! Love leads the FBS with 1,240 yards, 10.5 yards per carry, and 206.7 rushing yards per game. He had two 260+ yard games in a row. Most running backs don’t have two 260+ yard games in their whole college career! You might say he had the Best. September. Ever. Bryce Love seems pretty good! Probably Heisman worthy!

Rashaad Penny, RB – SDSU
10/14 at 10:30pm on CBSS vs Boise State

Despite being the victim of a vicious eye-poking at the hands of Antonio Jones-Davis when SDSU played Northern Illinois, Penny is holding up and putting up impressive performances. He has been named a Mountain West Conference player of the week four times this season. He has 993 total yards. And his Aztecs are undefeated so far and ranked #19.

Saquon Barkley – Penn State
10/21 at 7:30pm on ABC vs Michigan

Many say the Heisman is Barkley’s to lose. The argument is compelling! Recent highlights include his game against Indiana, in which he returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Later, he threw for a touchdown. However, it also seems like opposing teams have found ways to contain him. Barkley only picked up 58 yards rushing against Indiana, and in 16 carries against Northwestern, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry for a total of 75. One run was a 53-yard touchdown.

Baker Mayfield, QB – Oklahoma
10/14 at 3:30pm vs Texas on ESPN

If the Heisman is Saquon Barkley’s to give away, the player in the best position to take it is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. He has a 15-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 1,635 passing yards. He made a big statement beating Ohio State in week two. And he had a respectable game against Iowa State last week even though the Sooners lost. Still, that loss could really hurt.

Luke Falk, QB – Washington State
Friday 10/13 at 10:30pm vs California on ESPN

Falk is a dark horse candidate, but it doesn’t make sense to rule him out at this point. He led the Cougars in defeating USC and former Heisman hopeful Sam Darnold, and they have to be considered Pac-12 contenders. Anyway, Falk just broke the Pac-12 record for career completions. He’ll have a chance to put up big numbers against defensively weak teams in the next few weeks.

Jake Browning, QB – Washington
10:45pm vs Washington State on ESPN

So far so good for Browning and the #6 Huskies. Their schedule has been among the easiest in the country so far, but it takes a big turn in the second half. If the Huskies keep winning, and Browning maintains his pace (11th in the country in pass efficiency, 70.5% completion rate), he’ll be part of the conversation.

Mason Rudolph QB – Oklahoma State
3:30pm vs Baylor on FS1

Currently, Rudolph has the second highest QBR in the FBS after Baker Mayfield. Rudolph has numerous opportunities to make a strong case for himself in the second half of the season, as Oklahoma State will take on Oklahoma November 4th, and possibly again for the Big 12 title.

The best players in college football will be on TV for six or seven more games. Watch all the action leading up to the Heisman presentation in December before the big bowl games.  Even if you have to grab your remote control and stiff-arm your way to the couch.