- Daniel Farr
College QB & Heisman Watch
College football is back, and it’s never to early for Heisman watch to be in effect. It seems more likely than not, that a quarterback will be crowned as the Heisman trophy winner this year.
We will start with the defending Heisman and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The way Jackson played against Purdue was impressive, and he helped his case to repeat as Heisman. The junior quarterback threw for 378-yards and had a QBR of 62.4, he also rushed for another 107-yards. Louisville’s offense is all about Jackson, in fact he threw the ball 46 times and had 21 rushing attempts. Jackson and the Cardinals beat Purdue, and face North Carolina on Saturday.
Now well head over to Oklahoma, where quarterback Baker Mayfield played near perfect.
Mayfield and the Sooners crushed their unworthy opponent, UTEP. The Heisman hopeful, Mayfield played lights out he went 19 for 20 passing the ball and accumulated 329-yards through the air. His 300-yard day was accompanied by three passing touchdowns and a QBR of 97.9. The senior quarterback made a strong case for Heisman considerations, although his week-one competition was below average. Oklahoma is ranked as the 5th best team in the nation going into week-two.
Heading over to the PAC-12 we will start with Washington State quarterback, Luke Falk.
Falk played near perfect, similar to Mayfield. Falk and his Cougars beat a relatively easy opponent in Montana State, but Falk still balled-out. The senior quarterback went 33-for-39, attained 311-passing yards, threw three-touchdowns, all with a QBR of 90.9. Washington State moved up to the 20th spot in this week rankings, and will face Boise State this week.
Preseason Hesiman favorite and projected number-one pick Sam Darnold disappointed, in fact the whole USC team did.
For the majority of the game the storied-program was simply being outplayed by Western Michigan. It was not until the fourth-quarter when SC’s defense put the game away. Darnold looked mediocre, he went 23-for-33, threw for 289-yards, two-interceptions, and zero passing touchdowns. USC plays Stanford this Saturday, and if their run defense and Darnold do not improve, expect an upset.
USC’s cross-town rival, UCLA and their quarterback, Josh Rosen completed the near impossible.
UCLA came back from 34-points down and beat Texas A&M to claim the biggest story of week-one. Rosen led the comeback, but lots of luck was involved for UCLA. Texas A&M managed the clock worst than the Atlanta Falcons. Rosen threw two touchdown passes that should've been picked, but nevertheless the Bruins won and that’s all that matters. Chosen Rosen went 35-for-59, threw four-touchdown, and had an outrageous 491 passing yards, but had a QBR of 58.8. UCLA plays an easy Hawaii team this week.
A dark horse perhaps, Josh Allen of Wyoming should be a Heisman candidate.
Allen isn't at a big program like the rest of these guys, but he is considered an NFL caliber quarterback, like Rosen and Darnold are. Well, Allen played putrid. The junior quarterback went 23-for-40 with 174 passing yards. Allen went on to throw two-interceptions and earned a 24.9 QBR. Expect Allen to bounce back this week, Wyoming plays Gardner-Webb in their home opener Saturday.