10. TEXAS TECH QB PATRICK MAHOMES
His place in the Heisman forecast hinges on his health, but prior to coming out of last Thursday’s win at Kansas, Patrick Mahomes continued proving himself one of America’s most exciting quarterbacks.
Mahomes is “day-to-day” with a shoulder injury. BUT AREN’T WE ALL?
If he’s available Saturday, he’ll see a tenacious K-State defense, fresh off holding West Virginia to just 17 points in Week 5.
9. SAN DIEGO STATE RB DONNEL PUMPHREY
San Diego State’s hope of winning the Group of Five New Year’s Six bowl bid likely went out the window with a Week 5 loss at South Alabama. Nevertheless, Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey maintained some media support for the Heisman Trophy, peaking at No. 4 on the CBS staff consensus ranking.
Pumphrey continues to lead the nation in rushing yards, adding 151 to his season-long 750 in the loss. He also scored a touchdown against the Jaguars, giving him eight for the season. Only Lamar Jackson and Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage have more, and Ballage scored eight of his nine in a single game.
Considering his individual production hardly dropped off — he rushed for better than six yards per carry in the loss — he’ll get the opportunity to climb back into contention. San Diego State just cannot afford any more missteps.