Ranking The Top 5 Heisman Contenders Entering Week 5 Of 2017 College Football Season

Last season, Louisville Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson ran away with the Heisman Trophy. This year, Jackson is still very much alive when it comes to taking home the Heisman hardware … but the race remains wide open.

So much can happen now until someone is actually crowned the Heisman winner; however, let’s rank the top five contenders entering Week 5 of the 2017 college football season.

Note: Once again, so much can happen now until the season is in the books (I can’t stress that enough), meaning players will emerge, and others will fall. Players like Mason Rudolph, Luke Falk and Jalen Hurts (just to name a few) could skyrocket to the top of the Heisman board in no time as well.

5. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
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2017 stats: 1,225 passing yards, nine touchdowns, seven interceptions

Sam Darnold entered the 2017 season with a massive amount of hype, but as a result of a shaky start, even though the USC Trojans are still undefeated, his Heisman stock has taken a bit of a hit. With that said, Darnold could climb right back to the top of the leaderboard with a monster performance this weekend, which is basically the case for everyone on this list.

4. Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
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2017 stats: 716 rushing yards, seven touchdowns; 87 receiving yards, one touchdown

Rashaad Penny has rushed for 100-plus yards in every game this season (so far). The running back actually rushed for his least amount of yards last contest with 128 … but he still managed to score three touchdowns. As long as the San Diego State Aztecs continue to win, Penny will have a real shot at the Heisman.

3. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
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2017 stats: 1,387 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, three interceptions; 337 rushing yards, four touchdowns

Lamar Jackson took the college football world by storm last season. As for this season, he is still in contention thanks to the fact that he is a touchdown machine.

2. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
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2017 stats: 518 rushing yards, four touchdowns; 335 receiving yards, two touchdowns

If it wasn’t for Saquon Barkley, although football is, of course, a team sport, the Penn State Nittany Lions likely wouldn’t be undefeated and ranked in the top five. After all, Barkley recorded 211 rushing yards, 94 receiving yards and one touchdown in a two-point victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes last week. Heck, in many people’s eyes, that performance shot Barkley up to the top of the Heisman standings.

1. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
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2017 stats: 1,329 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, ZERO interceptions

Two things to note for Baker Mayfield: (1) He has zero interceptions in 2017 (and a whopping 13 touchdown passes). (2) He made it rain against the Ohio State Buckeyes (on the road) with 386 passing yards and three touchdowns. As long as the Oklahoma Sooners continue to win, and Mayfield continues to be a lethal quarterback, he’s going to be in the top two to three all season long.