Here are four reasons why it's no surprise Mayfield took home the hardware:
In the high-octane college football world we now live in, a Heisman winner needs to have incredible statistics that jump off the box score. Mayfield has certainly had that the past two seasons, but his numbers from 2017 are absolutely absurd.
He's first in the country in yards per attempt, quarterback rating, and completion percentage, while ranking second in the nation in passing yards and touchdown passes. He finished the season with eight games of 300-plus yards passing and threw at least two touchdowns in every contest.
While the Heisman is an individual award, it rarely goes to a player who plays on a struggling team. Jackson's numbers were exceptional yet again, but Louisville was never really in the national picture this year, something that definitely hurt his chances to repeat. Oklahoma had no such trouble, with a narrow loss to Iowa State representing the team's only setback. Massive wins over Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and twice over TCU were instrumental in helping Mayfield secure the votes for the win.
While it's easy to post good numbers against inferior competition, one of the major things the Heisman voters look at is performance against top teams. Mayfield rose to the occasion every single time the Sooners faced strong competition this season.
His numbers against Oklahoma State in the "Bedlam" rivalry were especially ridiculous. Mayfield threw for a remarkable 598 yards and five touchdowns in a massive road win.
The Week 2 road win over Ohio State in Columbus provided Mayfield with an early 'Heisman moment' that kept him at the forefront of the conversation all year. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder completed 77 percent of his passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns in the Sooners' 31-16 win, but it was his emphatic planting of the Oklahoma flag at midfield that was engrained in the minds of voters.
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