Week 12 of college football produced a new Heisman candidate and took a previous frontrunner out of the race.
After Week 12 of college football, the race for a playoff spot is heating up more than ever. The upset bug bit again as No. 6 Arizona State lost their second game to an unranked Oregon State on the road, effectively ending their national title dreams.
No. 1 Mississippi State failed their biggest test of the season as they fell to No. 5 Alabama. No. 17 LSU is expected to fall out of the rankings after they lost, 17-0, to Arkansas for their fourth loss of the season. No. 21 Duke lost at home to an unranked Virginia Tech.
The Heisman Trophy race has been shaken up with Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott performing poorly with three interceptions and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon rushing for 408 yards, which is the new single-game record for rushing yards.
Here are the five leading Heisman candidates as of Week 12.
5. Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU
The Horned Frogs barely kept their playoff hopes alive with a 34-31 win against Kansas, who is one of the worst teams in the Big 12. Boykin had an average performance. Although he threw for 330 yards, Boykin only threw one touchdown pass while throwing an interception, and he was held to two rushing yards.
Because he has had an overall great season while putting TCU in the playoff hunt, he is still in it but being downgraded for not putting together a Heisman-caliber performance against a bad team.
Stats: 3,021 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 59.3 completion percentage; 122 carries, 548 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns