For some reason, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield still has doubters.
In the latest edition of ESPN’s Heisman Watch, two of 12 voters left Mayfield off their five-man ballots entirely. He ranked third overall behind Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Stanford running back Bryce Love. The 10 votes who included Mayfield on their ballots had him no lower than third.
Mayfield received two second-place and eight third-place votes. He received 32 points in the voting, based on five points for a first-place vote and one point for a fifth-place vote. There was a gap between Mayfield and the running back duo, who both were the only players to appear on each ballot, but the distance was far wider between Mayfield and the player in fourth, Notre Dame running back Josh Adams, who received 11 points.
Mayfield leads the nation in completion percentage and passing efficiency. After missing a week of practice because on an injury, Mayfield led the Sooners to a 42-35 victory against Kansas State. Along the way, he produced a season-high 479 total years and 4 total touchdowns en route to earning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.
Given Barkley and Love’s excellence, it won’t be easy for Mayfield to jump to the rankings’ top spot. But he remains confident in Oklahoma’s ability to make it into the College Football Playoff. Should the Sooners manage to win the Big 12 title, Mayfield will certainly be a highly regarded candidate and likely end up back in New York as a Heisman finalist.
ESPN didn’t release individual ballots in the poll. Surely, Mayfield can work his way onto whichever ballots he’s not on with a strong outing against Texas Tech, who he torched for a career-high 545 passing yards with 7 touchdowns and no interceptions a year ago.
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