In week six for the Big 12 potential Heisman candidates, we saw a big win for one, and a big loss for another. Baker Mayfield pulled out a win against rival Texas in the Red River Showdown, Patrick Mahomes lost a tough one on the road against K-State and Seth Russell had a week of rest and relaxation.
Nonetheless, for the second week in a row, no Big 12 player is on the Bovada odds for Heisman. The Big 12 is struggling to produce a Heisman prospect, but there are a couple of guys you can’t rule out just yet.
Keep An Eye On
Patrick Mahomes II, QB (TTU)
Patrick Mahomes was not expected to play in Texas Tech’s week six game against K-State. There were early reports of an injury to the junior quarterback after he took a huge hit in week five from Kansas’ Isaiah Bean after a 32 yard run.
Despite the injury, Mahomes did play and put up a very impressive stat line. He threw for 504 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while running in three more. The Red Raiders lost in Manhattan 44-38, which brings the Red Raiders to a record of 3-2 (1-1). Mahomes’ Heisman chances took a huge blow after this game and I do not see him remaining on the radar if the Red Raiders keep losing games. Unfortunately, the Red Raider are heading into a tough stretch of games. Some of the remaining games for Tech are OU, @Oklahoma State, Texas, @TCU, West Virginia and a neutral site game against Baylor.
Next week, Mahomes and Tech host an undefeated and underrated West Virginia team. The good news for Texas Tech and Patty Ice is that they are at home, and the Red Raiders at home are a much different team than the Red Raiders on the road.
Baker Mayfield, QB (OU)
Baker Mayfield finally managed to beat the Longhorns. After an unconventional loss to Texas last year, Mayfield and the Sooners were looking for some revenge in this year’s game.
His stat line was impressive: 390 yards in the air and a pair of touchdowns, while running in another. The only downfall, statwise, for Baker was his two interceptions. The Sooners are now 2-0 in conference play and are looking to be turning their season around after starting 1-2.
The Sooners look to continue their win streak against K-State at home in week seven. The Wildcats are a defensive minded team with limited offensive strength, which does not fair well for Mayfield. Much like Mahomes, this week seven game could make or break his Heisman chances.
Seth Russell, QB (BU)
Russell and the Bears were off in week six, but look to remain undefeated in week seven against the not-so mighty Kansas Jayhawks. Although the Jayhawks almost managed to upset TCU in week six, they are still a 1-4 team and should be no problem for the Bears. You never know though, the Bears almost blew it against Iowa State, so we will just have to see.
If Russell can put up a great stat line and the Bears remain undefeated going into week eight, he could start getting a little more attention in the Heisman race. The game is also at home, which fairs well for Baylor.