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Big 12 Heisman Watch After Week 2

Taking a look at the Big 12’s Heisman contenders after week two.

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This is Week 2 of the Heisman Watch. After a terrible week for the Big 12, a lot of Heisman candidates took a huge hit in the Bovada odds. Only two remain, but those that do are very much in the running.


The Big 12’s leader after week one remains at the top despite a loss to Arizona State. This further proves that stats don’t lie when it comes to the Heisman race. Mahomes threw for 540 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed for another. While this stat line is incredible, Tech still managed to lose to unranked Arizona State which hurts the junior quarterback’s overall chances.

Texas Tech is one of the only teams that can put up 50+ points on their opponent and still lose, so we will just have to see how that defense fares against upcoming conference opponents. Before conference play though, Tech matches up with Louisiana Tech, who only lost by one to #24 ranked Arkansas in week one. If Patty Ice can continue his offensive surge and the defense can hold their own we should see Mahomes moving up in the Heisman race next week.

14th – QB BAKER MAYFIELD (OU) +3300

Mayfield fell in the odds this week after their win over Louisiana-Monroe. Mayfield threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns against the Warhawks on Saturday. A good performance against a bad opponent, unfortunately, will not help you move up in this race.

Mayfield has a real chance to show his stuff this week against #3 ranked Ohio State in Norman. If Mayfield can outplay fellow Heisman candidate J.T. Barrett on Saturday, he moves above Mahomes, and possibly higher. The Buckeyes have a killer defense and can cause some problems for Baker and the gang, so it will be easier said than done.


QB Kenny Hill (TCU) – Hill and TCU went down to the wire against, then unranked, Arkansas. Hill threw for 377 yards and one touchdown, while running in a pair. This loss hurts his chances, but now that Arkansas is ranked, this game could be looked at as a “quality loss” in the future. TCU takes on Iowa State in Fort Worth, which should lead to a big game for Hill.

QB Seth Russell (BU) – In a game that was closer than the stats will show, Baylor defeated SMU 40-13. Russell put up 261 yards and two touchdowns, while also throwing two interceptions. This was a mediocre stat line against a team they should have beat by a larger margin. If Russell wants to prove to the Heisman committee that he is worthy of a vote, he has to pick up the pace and have a huge game against Rice. They take on the Owls in Houston on Saturday.

RB Samaje Perine (OU) – Perine fell off the Bovada odds after his performance against Louisiana-Monroe. He only managed to run for 58 total yards. His saving grace was his two touchdowns. Perine will face the big bad Buckeye front line in week three which could make or break the sophomore running back’s chances.

QB Mason Rudolph (OSU) – Hanging on by the skin of his teeth in the Heisman race is Mason Rudolph. After a devastating loss in Stillwater to Central Michigan, Rudolph’s hopes for the big trophy are closing fast. His throws were off most of the game, and he has to stop hanging his receivers out to dry. In a positive note, he can make up for this loss with a big game against upcoming week three opponent, Pittsburgh. The Panthers are a 2-0 team with wins against Penn State and Villanova. It is just too early to count out an Oklahoma State quarterback after week two.

QB Shane Buechele (UT) – Buechele remains in talks after a blowout win against UTEP. He threw for 244 yards and four touchdowns. Impressive for a true freshman. Texas takes on California and former Big 12 quarterback, Davis Webb in week three. This is a big test for the freshman. If he can hold his own against the Golden Bears and not turn the ball over, he will start to get some national attention.

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