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Big 12 Heisman Watch After Week 8

The Big 12 adds another contender as West Virginia quarterback Will Grier is now getting Heisman Trophy odds!



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There were some crazy games in week eight and the Big 12 now has half of the conference’s teams ranked in the AP Top 25 poll. Heisman odds have changed quite a bit as Mason Rudolph has fallen in the Bovada odds and Will Grier has finally been added to the running. Baker Mayfield remains in the same position at third behind Sequon Barkley and Bryce Love.

The curse is over as TCU pummeled Kansas and their dreams. Oklahoma State pulled out a stunning overtime victory over the better-than-their-record-shows Texas Longhorns. Oklahoma and West Virginia  survived scares from Kansas State and Baylor and Iowa State showed that they are a force to be reckoned with as they shut down the Texas Tech in Lubbock.

QB Baker Mayfield [Oklahoma] +1200

Kansas State put up an admiral performance, but Mayfield was too much for the Wildcats as he put up some crazy stats in this one. He threw for 410 yards and two touchdown while also rushing for 69 yards and two MORE touchdowns. The only thing holding back Mayfield from the top spot in the Heisman race is how good the two running backs have been for their respective team. Another thing to look at is Sequon Barkley plays Ohio State and their stellar defense in week 9. If he can actually be shut down while Baker has another great game, we could see some movement in the Heisman odds.

Next week the Sooners take on Texas Tech at home. Last year, Mayfield put up outrageous numbers against the Red Raiders as he threw for 545 yards and SEVEN touchdowns. Now Tech undeniably has a better defense than they did last year, but Mayfield loves to bring his A-game against his former team.

QB Mason Rudolph [Oklahoma State] +3300

Rudolph fell hard in the odds after a very mediocre performance against Texas. He didn’t throw a touchdown and threw for 282 yards. The Longhorns pressured the lights out of Rudolph and he could not get it going the whole game. This was not a great performance for the preseason Heisman hopeful.

Next week, the Cowboys take on the Mountaineers in West Virginia. It’s always tough to play in Morgantown, but I would not expect another performance from Rudolph this bad.

QB Will Grier [West Virginia] +3300

Will Grier finally gets some respect! Now it’s Kenny Hill’s turn. Grier had another strong performance, this time against winless Baylor. He threw for 375 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Most of the work was done before Baylor’s comeback, but Grier was on a roll there in the first three quarters. His fourth quarter was not great, but that can be fixed.

Next week, the Mountaineers have their home crowd behind them for a top-25 matchup against Oklahoma State. I expect this game to be shootout and whoever wins this game should move above the other quarterback in the Heisman odds.

Honorable Mentions

QB Kenny Hill [TCU]

Kenny Hill continues to lead his team to victory as TCU moved up to 7-0 on the year after a 43-0 blowout of Kansas. Hill completed 19/26 passes for 278 yards and a season-high five touchdowns. Not much to say here. Kenny Hill and TCU were impressive against an awful Kansas Jayhawks squad who has scored a grand total of 19 points in the last three weeks.

Next week the Horned Frogs take on Iowa State. This is a Cyclone team that held the Red Raiders to only 18 total passing yards in the first half. The Cyclones are the real deal and this is a massive test for Kenny Hill.

WR David Sills V [West Virginia]

Sills V had another unreal performance and the on-field bromance between him and Will Grier has been a sight to see. Sills V caught seven passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns in the tight win over Baylor. The former quarterback turned receiver is Grier’s favorite target by far and should continue to be down the line.

Sills V should have another strong performance against Oklahoma State in week 9. He hasn’t slowed down at all and has a 10 touchdowns in only the last four weeks.

LB/QB Joel Lanning [Iowa State]

Joel “Does Everything” Lanning went out for a couple plays near the goal line for Iowa State in the Cyclones’ 31-13 win. He failed to score, but he still dominated on the defensive end. He had 14 total tackles and one QB hurry that caused grief for the Red Raiders. Lanning is the undisputed leader of this team and has led Iowa State to a 5-2 record, the first time since 2002. Also, Iowa State is ranked!

Next week, Lanning takes on a hot TCU team who has yet to lose in the 2017-2018 season. This could be a huge statement for Iowa State and, should the Cyclones get their first loss, Lanning will be the guy to get some major recognition.

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