What would happen if the Heisman was voted on after the bowl seasons?
It’s a college football tradition to award the Heisman Trophy, the premier individual prize in all of sports, in between the end of the regular season and the bowls. What would happen if the voting was done after the season was over?
Winner: 2017 Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma
The Final Three Were …
2. Bryce Love, Jr. Stanford
3. Lamar Jackson, Jr. Louisville
The Likely Winner After The Bowls Would’ve Been …
Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma
The Final Three Likely Would’ve Been …
3. Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State
Baker Mayfield won in a landslide, and nothing would’ve changed despite being just okay in the thrilling Rose Bowl loss to Georgia, completing 23-of-35 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
There’s a chance Stanford’s Bryce Love would’ve narrowed the gap a wee bit, running for 145 yards and two scores in the 39-27 loss to TCU in the Alamo Bowl, but it wouldn’t have been enough to move past Mayfield.
Lamar Jackson was third in the voting, but he likely would’ve dropped out after completing just 13-of-31 passes for 171 yards with two touchdowns and four picks – but he ran for 158 yards and a score – in the TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Mississippi State.
Would Jackson’s four interceptions have been enough to move Saquon Barkley up? The Penn State star took over the Fiesta Bowl win over Washington early on, finishing with 137 yards and two touchdowns on just 18 carries – and caught seven passes for 38 yards.
The interesting guys in the mix would’ve been UCF’s McKenzie Milton, and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny. The Aztec star finished fifth in the voting, and then went out and destroyed Army with 221 yards and four touchdowns – averaging close to 16 yards per carry – on just 14 attempts in the Armed Forces Bowl loss.
Milton was eighth in the voting, and then went out and helped UCF shock Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, running for 116 yards and a score and throwing for 242 yards and two touchdowns.