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Big 12 Heisman Watch After Week 3

The only things falling faster than the Big 12’s playoff hopes, is its Heisman chances.

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After another disappointing week for the Big 12, only one candidate remains in the Bovada odds. That doesn’t mean a few others couldn’t get right back into it, should they perform the way we know they can.

#12 – Patrick Mahomes (TTU) +3300

Mahomes had yet another offensive explosion in week three against Louisiana Tech. He threw for 470 yards and five touchdowns, while running in for one more. On the season, Mahomes leads the nation in passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense, and points responsible for. So, why isn’t he being talked about more? The Texas Tech Defense. The Heisman has turned into a trophy for the best player on the best team, so if Tech doesn’t win, Mahomes’ chances plummet.

Thankfully, he should still be on the list next week as the Red Raiders have a bye.

Keep An Eye On

QB Baker Mayfield (OU) – In the Sooner’s loss to Ohio State, Mayfield threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns, while also throwing a pair of picks. The good news for Mayfield is that he doesn’t have to play against Houston or Ohio State again this year. Mayfield and the Sooners are struggling at the moment and are most likely out of a playoff spot, but we still know what he is capable of, and no one was paying attention to him at this time last year either, before making a run late.

QB Seth Russell (BU) – Russell and the Bears are the only 3-0 team left in the conference, and he had an impressive game against Rice. He threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, while only throwing one interception. If he puts on a showcase in the next few weeks, he could very well be a contender. We’ll see what Russell and company are really made of when they play Oklahoma State on Saturday.

QB Mason Rudolph (OSU) – Surviving another week is Mason Rudolph. The Cowboys won their game, 45-38, against Pitt in a thriller. Rudolph threw for an astounding 540 yards and two touchdowns. Mason threw for an impressive amount of yards, but he needed 46 attempts to do it as he only completed 56.5 of his passes. The only thing that hurts Rudolph is the amount of touchdowns he threw. Mahomes threw three more touchdowns on 70 less yards. Oklahoma State’s running game, or lack thereof, could hurt Rudolph’s Heisman chances going forward. One, some will write off yardage as a by-product of OSU passing nearly every down, and two, having to throw on every down makes it hard to maintain a decent completion percentage.

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