If Baker Mayfield Stumbles, What Happens To The Heisman?

If Baker Mayfield Stumbles, What Happens To The Heisman?

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If Baker Mayfield Stumbles, What Happens To The Heisman?

Five Thoughts: 5. What Happens To The Heisman If Baker Mayfield Has A Bad Game?


In a strange year for the Heisman, what happens if Baker Mayfield stumbles?



5 Thoughts: Baker Or Bust For The Heisman?

1. Conference Race Breakdowns & What Will Happen
2. Would 13-0 Wisconsin & Miami Be CFP Sure Things?
3. Could 11-1 Notre Dame Be Left Out Of The CFP?
4. Why Washington Will End Up In The College Football Playoff
– College Football Playoff Tuesday Night Projection

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What happens to the Heisman if Baker Mayfield has a bad game?

The guy has been so amazing that he’s way, way overdue for a dud – and he’s just good enough that it might not happen.

But let’s say it does. Let’s say he throws for 194 yards with three picks in a rough loss to TCU this week. Then what?

Look, Saquon Barkley is an amazing player and a great guy, but you can’t win the Heisman when you only come up with a few big plays a game. Granted, he’s a sugar rush, and the frosting is amazing, but running backs have to hit the 100-yard mark on a regular basis.

Lamar Jackson is probably the best player in college football, and it’s not fair that he’s not being considered with all he’s doing for a mediocre team, but no.

And no to J.T. Barrett, no to Josh Adams, and no to Sam Darnold.

No to Jonathan Taylor, who might be putting up nice numbers for Wisconsin, but he’s fumbling a bit much and he hasn’t exactly captured the nation’s imagination.

No to Bryce Love. Stanford just isn’t good enough and he just got stuffed by Washington State.

So who’s left? Jalen Hurts? Okay, yeah – he was my preseason pick to win it, by the way – but you have to make an argument for him because he’s not obviously the signature player of the 2017 college football season.

McKenzie Milton? Some voters will throw him on there, but good luck selling him for the big prize. (Be honest … you just googled McKenzie Milton.)

It’s a solid season for Heisman finalists, but at the moment, there’s no one other than Mayfield who remotely deserves this thing.

I’ve been arguing for him ever since he went all Field Turf flag planty in Columbus, because he’s been that good. He was terrific against Ohio State, he was clutch in wins over Texas and Kansas State, and now he’s coming off an all-timer of a game against Oklahoma State.

But again, what if it’s over. What happens if he’s bad, Oklahoma loses, and the there’s no one left to choose from?

There will still be a vote. ESPN will still have its show, Chris Fowler will still do his thing, and the Heisman will still be handed out, but who are the next guys up on the list?

I’m not just saying that to air, I’m really asking, because I had a nightmare of a time trying to write the Heisman race piece this week.

But that’s what the Heisman is about.

If Mayfield is worthy of the greatest individual award in American sports, he’ll take it. He’ll be solid enough against TCU, he’ll take Oklahoma to the Big 12 championship, and he’ll be a three-time Big 12 champion starting quarterback.

But if he’s not …

1. Conference Race Breakdowns & What Will Happen
2. Would 13-0 Wisconsin & Miami Be CFP Sure Things?
3. Could 11-1 Notre Dame Be Left Out Of The CFP?
4. Why Washington Will End Up In The College Football Playoff
– College Football Playoff Tuesday Night Projection

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