Heisman Top 10: A Bedlam One-Two Leads Through 3

Heisman Top 10: A Bedlam One-Two Leads Through 3

The 112th installment of Bedlam will not commence until November, but early indicators of the annual Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry tilt suggest more than bragging rights are at stake in 2017. Through three weeks of the college football season, quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph are 1-2 in The Open Man Heisman Top 10, tracking reputable…

Heisman Top 10 Through Week 2: Baker Mayfield Surges

Heisman Top 10 Through Week 2: Baker Mayfield Surges

Baker Mayfield ended each of the last two seasons with Heisman-worthy numbers, and earned an invitation to New York in 2016. Should the Oklahoma quarterback continue at his current pace, he just might join recent Sooners quarterback Jason White and Sam Bradford in the exclusive club of winners. Mayfield surged into a tie in this…

Preseason Heisman Top 10

Preseason Heisman Top 10

Each week of the college football season since 2015, I have compiled a Top 10 of Heisman Trophy candidates. For the uninitiated, the Heisman Top 10 isn't my own assessment; rather, I evaluate the rankings of other, reputable sports media, buzz from prominent outlets and chatter among voters. These rankings function as a barometer of…

2017 Heisman Top 10: Post-Spring Edition

2017 Heisman Top 10: Post-Spring Edition

Before its transition into The Open Man, CFB Huddle tracked the annual Heisman Trophy race at important junctures. Last week marked one such juncture, with the last of college football's spring practices concluding. The sport is now in its dormant period until mid-July, when media days begin the sprint to Opening Weekend. As we embark…

Week 10 Heisman Top 10: Dalvin Cook Comeback?

Week 10 Heisman Top 10: Dalvin Cook Comeback?

Precedent dictates certain criteria for Heisman contention: A candidate must typically be either the quarterback or running back of a national championship-contending team, with very few exceptions in the award's history. So, when a Florida State fan site lamented Dalvin Cook's drop in the Heisman race following the running back's best game of the season,…

Week 6 Heisman Top 10: Lamar Jackson Still on Top

Week 6 Heisman Top 10: Lamar Jackson Still on Top

Despite losing Week 5 in an instant classic at Clemson, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson remains a unanimous No. 1 in the CFB Huddle Heisman Top 10 forecast. Every media outlet publishing its voters' rankings after Week 5 tabbed Lamar Jackson for the top spot, with second billing typically falling to his ACC counterpart, Deshaun Watson.…

Heisman Top 10 Week 4: Lamar Jackson’s World

Heisman Top 10 Week 4: Lamar Jackson’s World

Interesting tidbits from the Heisman Top 10, as the wild fluctuation customary of this time of year produced new names in the Week 4 rankings: • Publications that ranked Greg Ward Jr. also ranked Donnel Pumphrey. Publications that spurned one spurned both. Group of Five bias is a real thing, it would seem. • All…

Week 3 Heisman Top 10 2016

Week 3 Heisman Top 10 2016

Heisman rankings are all over the place heading into Week 3. I mentioned it last week, and it bears reiterating ahead of Week 3: Early-season Heisman projections are such a mish-mash of Sample sizes are much too small, some players have seen nothing but sub-par competition, defenses start to wise up to particular offenses. Yes,…

Week 2 2016 Heisman Top 10: Nick Chubb Rising

Week 2 2016 Heisman Top 10: Nick Chubb Rising

In 2015, the first season I ranked Heisman Trophy candidates based on media and voter assessments from a weekly basis, the first two months provided the most volatility. Last season's race stabilized somewhat through November, though Leonard Fournette plummeted from presumptive front-runner to out of the competition in that final month. SEC West counterpart Derrick…

2016 Preseason Heisman Top 10

2016 Preseason Heisman Top 10

For those new to the CFB Huddle Heisman Top 10, welcome. Those who followed last year's edition, considering the following a reintroduction. The Heisman Top 10 is CFB Huddle's barometer of the trophy's race, gauging national perception among publications and individual voters, to produce a weekly ranking of candidates. Poring through various rankings produced throughout…

Heisman Top 10: Big 12 Heisman Contenders

Heisman Top 10: Big 12 Heisman Contenders

Since the conference's formation two decades ago, the amount of Big 12 Heisman winners (5) trails only the SEC (6). However, we approach the fifth year since a Big 12 Heisman candidate last hoisted the hardware; the longest drought in the league's history. Robert Griffin III dazzled in 2011, edging two-time Stanford runner-up Andrew Luck…

Heisman Top 10: Big Ten Heisman Contenders in 2016

Heisman Top 10: Big Ten Heisman Contenders in 2016

The 2016 season marks the 10-year anniversary of the last Big Ten Heisman recipient. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the 2006 edition of the award in a landslide, beating out Arkansas running back Darren McFadden 2,540 votes to 878. It stood as the Big Ten's biggest rout of the SEC all the way until…

Heisman Top 10: Ranking ACC Heisman Candidates

Heisman Top 10: Ranking ACC Heisman Candidates

CFB Huddle chronicled the Heisman Trophy race last season with the Heisman Top 10, a weekly forecast of voter leanings. This season, I'm taking it a step further with a look at the conferences, starting with the ACC Heisman contenders for 2016. Projecting the field in the preseason relies considerably on the previous year's production…