Franchise Heisman Watch: It’s Mayfield again, this time with lots of Love

Franchise Heisman Watch: It’s Mayfield again, this time with lots of Love

For the second week in a row, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the unanimous leader in this week’s Franchise Heisman Watch. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

For the second week in a row, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was the unanimous leader in The Franchise Heisman Watch.

In a straw poll of on-air hosts and producers, Mayfield received 12 out of 12 first-place votes after his spectacular performance in the Sooners’ 38-20 victory over No. 6-ranked TCU.

Against one of college football’s most fearsome defenses, Mayfield had 299 passing yards and three touchdowns at halftime and finished the game 18-of-27 for 333 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

“It starts up front,” Mayfield said. “Always does. Every game does. We have the best offensive line in the country. I think those guys are sick and tired about hearing how their defense was so good. They took that personal. It was up to them to establish the run game. It was a good challenge for us. Nothing disrespectful to TCU because they had averaged giving up 60-something yards in the run game. Our guys took that as a personal challenge and they rose to that occasion.”

Stanford running back Bryce Love, apparently fully healthy from an ankle injury, was the easy choice behind Mayfield, receiving 11 of 12 second-place votes. Love leads the nation at 180.2 rushing yards per game, 20 more than San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny.

As Penn State running back Saquon Barkley continues to fall (he slipped to fourth this week and received only three third-place votes), others have begun to receive recognition.

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor stands third this week with five points. Barkley is tied with Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate at three points, and 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and national passing leader Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State each received one third-place vote.

The Franchise has seven official Heisman Trophy voters, including three full-time hosts: Dylan Buckingham, John Hoover and Lauren Rew.

Week 3 Franchise Heisman Watch

  1. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma … 36 (12 of 12 first-place votes)
  2. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford … 23
  3. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin … 5
  4. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State … 3
  5. Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona … 3
  6. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville … 1
  7. Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State … 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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