Franchise Heisman Watch: As Barkley slips, Mayfield makes his move

Franchise Heisman Watch: As Barkley slips, Mayfield makes his move

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, here against Texas Tech on Saturday night, jumped to the top of this week’s Franchise Heisman Watch. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Baker Mayfield is moving on up.

The Oklahoma quarterback jumped from second in last week’s initial Franchise Heisman Watch to first place this week following his four-touchdown, 281-yard performance against Texas Tech.

Mayfield received five of nine first-place votes in a poll of Franchise on-air hosts and producers, ahead of Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, who was the prohibitive leader last week.

Mayfield’s climb this week may be attributable to what Barkley didn’t do: the Nittany Lions were beaten at Ohio State as Barkley was held to 44 yards rushing on 21 carries. Barkley returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and also popped a 38-yard touchdown run, but his other 20 rushing attempts netted him just six yards.

Mayfield was tied with Stanford running back Bryce Love last week. Barkley, Love and Mayfield were named on every ballot in last week’s Franchise Heisman Watch. Love, however, did not play last week because of an ankle sprain.

This week’s poll is a little more diverse. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett got four votes and was fourth this week, while Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant was fifth and Notre Dame running back Josh Adams sixth.

Mayfield has a chance to strengthen his standing with Heisman voters this week as he and the No. 8-ranked Sooners visit No. 11 Oklahoma State. If the Cowboys win, however, expect to see OSU’s Mason Rudolph appear on next week’s Franchise Heisman Watch.

The Franchise has seven official Heisman voters on air, including three hosts: Dylan Buckingham, John Hoover and Lauren Rew.


Week 10 Franchise Heisman Watch

(Player, position, school, points (1st place votes)

  1. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma … 23 (5)
  2. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State … 14 (3)
  3. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford … 8 (1)
  4. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State … 4
  5. Kelly Bryant, QB, Clemson… 2
  6. Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame … 1


Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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