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Heisman watch: Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield remains atop the list

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As a Heisman Trophy voter, GN’s Mike Huguenin takes a weekly look at the Heisman race.

Here is our sixth Heisman watch of the season, spotlighting the top three contenders after 12 weeks of the season.

Remember that 14 of the past 17 winners have been quarterbacks, including six of the past seven.

3. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

Season stats: 190 rushes for 1,287 yards (6.8 yards per carry) and 17 TDs, and 226-of-378 (59.8 percent) for 3,273 yards, 23 TDs and six interceptions in 11 games.
Saturday’s stats: 12 carries for 111 yards (9.3 yards per carry) and two TDs, 14-of-26 for 270 yards and two TDs interception in a 56-10 win over Syracuse.
The skinny: Saturday was his fifth 100-yard rushing game in a row and his eighth of the season, and his fifth game with multiple rushing TDs. It also was his eighth game with multiple passing TDs. He is ninth nationally in passing yards per game (297.5) and 16th in rushing yards per game (117.0). He also leads the nation in total offense at 414.5 yards per game, 37.1 yards per game more than anyone else.

2. Stanford RB Bryce Love

Season stats: 195 carries for 1,723 yards (8.8 yards per carry) and 16 TDs in 10 games (172.3 yards per game).
Saturday’s stats: 14 carries for 101 yards (7.2 yards per carry) and one TD in a 17-14 victory over California.
The skinny: Love leads the nation in rushing yards per game, and is second in total rushing yards even though he has missed one game. He has rushed for 100 yards in nine of 10 games, has hit the 150-yard mark in seven games, the 200-yard mark in two games and the 300-yard plateau in one. His yards-per-carry average leads the nation among the 41 players with at least 175 carries.

1. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

Season stats: 233-of-329 (70.8 percent) for 3,816 yards, 34 TDs and five interceptions, along with 240 rushing yards and five TDs in 11 games.
Saturday’s stats: 20-of-30 (66.7 percent) for 257 yards, three TDs and no interceptions in a 41-3 win over Kansas.
The skinny: Mayfield created some controversy with his actions during the rout of Kansas, but the idea that that could cost him the Heisman is ludicrous. Saturday’s outing was the third in a row in which he completed exactly two-thirds of his passing attempts. It was his 24th consecutive game with at least two TD passes. Mayfield is third nationally at 346.9 passing yards per game and is first nationally in completion percentage and yards per attempt (11.6, a full yard more than anyone else); he is tied for second in TD passes. Mayfield is third in the nation in total offense. He has nine 300-yard games this season, and his lowest completion percentage in a game is 63 percent.

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