If you’re in search of the latest Heisman frontrunner, look no further than Norman, Okla.
In what proved to not only become the single-greatest effort of Baker Mayfield’s career, but the single-greatest passing display in Oklahoma’s storied history, Mayfield completed 24 of 36 passes for a mind-boggling 598 yards and 5 touchdowns en route to a 62-52 win over No. 11 Oklahoma State.
As a result, and not so surprisingly, as a result of such a video game-esque effort, Mayfield now stands as the headliner of ESPN’s latest Heisman watch, topping the likes of Stanford’s Bryce Love and Penn State’s Saquon Barkley.
More notably, Mayfield owns every single first place vote.
“Bedlam was nuts, with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State trading touchdown the whole game. Mayfield set a school record with 598 passing yards and accounted for six touchdowns. He also leads the nation with a 71.7 percent completion percentage.”
Now nine games into his senior season, Mayfield has passed for 3,226 yards and 28 touchdowns behind a 201.6 passer efficiency rating which rank No. 2, T-No. 3 and No. 1 nationally, respectively. In short, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more elite gunslinger among the college ranks this season, and paired with the fact that he’s the field general of a No. 5-ranked Sooners team eyeing the College Football Playoff and a Big 12 title, you’d be challenged to find any player at any position better than Mayfield.
But of course, that’s why Mayfield now enjoys pole position in the Heisman race as the 2017 season ears its conclusion.
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