Written by: Coleman Bahr – Staff Writer (@ColemanBahr)
5. Jake Browning- Washington Huskies (QB)
Jake Browning broke out of his slump in a big way, taking down rival Washington State in dominating fashion. He had no problem picking the Cougars apart, completing 21 of his 29 passes for 292 yards, and three scores. The Huskies have their biggest challenge of the season this weekend, as they take on a stout Colorado defense that has only allowed 187.3 passing yards and 18.8 points per game.
4. Dalvin Cook- Florida State Seminoles (RB)
Dalvin Cook carried the load for Florida State again in a 31-13 victory over Florida. He finished with 153 yards and a score, and UF seemingly had no answer for him all game. Cook has now reached the century mark in eight of the last nine games, rushing for over 150 in five of them. He has the most rushing TD’s among power five backs at 18, and he has been the most complete back in the nation this season. This will likely be his last season before he declares for the NFL draft, and it would be a shame for him to not get an invite to New York.
3. Baker Mayfield- Oklahoma Sooners (QB)
Baker Mayfield and the Sooners have their biggest game of the season against #10 Oklahoma State. The winner of this game is the Big 12 champion, and they will then have a small chance to punch their ticket to the playoffs, but a lot of teams have to lose for that to happen. Whether they make it to the playoffs or not, Mayfield has balled out. He has the top total QBR in the nation at 91.1, almost five points ahead of Sam Darnold, who is second in the nation at 86.8. Mayfield has also arguably been the most efficient QB in the nation; he ranks 66th in pass attempts, but 12th in passing yards, and first in yards per attempt.
2. Deshaun Watson- Clemson Tigers (QB)
Deshaun Watson made South Carolina look like a scout team. Watson had as many incompletions as touchdowns (6), and he posted his best game of the season so far. He had season highs in completion percentage, touchdowns, and quarterback rating in an effortless win over South Carolina. Watson is playing his best football of the season when it matters most, with nine touchdowns and one pick since the loss to Pittsburgh. Clemson take on Virginia Tech in the ACC championship this weekend, and if he keeps playing like he has, Clemson could run away with that one in a hurry.
| Winner: Lamar Jackson- Louisville Cardinals (QB)
Lamar Jackson has officially made this Heisman race interesting. He had another sub-par game against Kentucky, turning the ball over four times in a 41-38 loss. But, he still managed 452 yards of offense and four touchdowns. Even with a rocky finish to the season, Jackson still makes a very strong case for the Heisman. He’s averaging 411 yards and 4.25 touchdowns per game, and 2014 Heisman winner Marcus Mariota “only” averaged 348 yards and 3.8 touchdowns per game. Louisville’s slow finish to the season could hurt Jackson’s Heisman stock, but he has been the most dominant QB in the nation in my eyes.