Heisman Trophy watch 2017

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The college football season officially is underway. With Week 3 in the rearview mirror, Here’s a look at some early names in the race for the 2017 Heisman Trophy, given annually to the most outstanding player in college football.

1. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma, Senior

A week after leading Oklahoma's upset of Ohio
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A week after leading Oklahoma's upset of Ohio State, Mayfield kept rolling with 334 passing yards and four touchdowns in the Sooners' 56-14 rout of Tulsa. He has 1,046 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions in three games as Oklahoma opens Big 12 play Saturday at Baylor. Last week: 1

2. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State, Junior

Barkley did his damage through the air against
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Barkley did his damage through the air against Georgia State, leading all Penn State receivers in catches (four) and yards (142) and scored a touchdown in the 56-0 win. The all-purpose junior has 548 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns in three games heading into the Nittany Lions' Big Ten opener against Iowa on Saturday night. Last week: 3

3. Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State, Senior

Rudolph stayed hot with 497 passing yards, five
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Rudolph stayed hot with 497 passing yards, five touchdowns and an interception on 71.9 percent passing in Oklahoma State's 59-21 win over Pitt. The strong-armed senior has 1,135 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and an interception in three games heading into the Cowboys' conference opener Saturday at home against TCU. Last week: 5

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4. Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State, Junior

Fitzgerald's yardage totals (180 passing, 88 rushing) weren't
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Fitzgerald's yardage totals (180 passing, 88 rushing) weren't gaudy, but his four total touchdowns (two each passing and rushing) were enough to vault Mississippi State past LSU, 37-7. He now has 543 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, one interception, 240 rushing yards and five rushing scores in three games. The Bulldogs play at Georgia on Saturday. Last week: 9

5. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon, Senior

Freeman rumbled to 157 yards and three touchdowns
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Freeman rumbled to 157 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries as Oregon crushed Wyoming, 49-13. The senior has rushed for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns in each game this season for the Ducks, who open Pac-12 play at Arizona State on Saturday. Last week: 5

6. Sam Darnold, QB, USC, Sophomore

Darnold struggled early but was money for USC
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Darnold struggled early but was money for USC late in a 27-24 double-overtime win over Texas. He led the Trojans to a game-tying field goal in the final seconds of regulation and then threw his third touchdown pass on the first play of overtime. Darnold's 7-6 touchdown-interception ratio is a bit high. USC plays at Cal on Saturday. Last week: 8

7. Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State, Senior

McSorley accounted for five total touchdowns (four passing,
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McSorley accounted for five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and threw for 309 yards. He has thrown for 753 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 137 yards and two scores in three games. The Nittany Lions play at Iowa on Saturday night. Last week: 10

8. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville, Junior

Jackson's hopes of defending his Heisman took a
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Jackson's hopes of defending his Heisman took a serious hit in Louisville's 47-21 loss to Clemson. The dual-threat junior looked flustered all night against a stout defense, and although he threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns, most of them came during in the fourth quarter with the game already in hand for Clemson. On the bright side, he has time to put this game in the past, beginning Saturday against Kent State. Last week: 2

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9. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA, Junior

First, the good: Rosen threw for 463 yards
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First, the good: Rosen threw for 463 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another score against Memphis. Now for the bad: He also had two key second-half interceptions, which ultimately cost UCLA in a 48-45 loss. Rosen still has good numbers through three games (1,283 yards, 13 touchdowns, two interceptions), and like Lamar Jackson, he'll have a chance to show that this game was a fluke when the Bruins travel to Stanford on Saturday night. Last week: 4

10. Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama, Sophomore

Hurts completed 12 of 17 passes for 248
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Hurts completed 12 of 17 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 11 times for 103 yards and another score in Alabama's 41-23 win over Colorado State. His stats through three games (472 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, 312 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns) aren't as eye-popping as other quarterbacks on this list, but as long as Alabama keeps winning, he'll continue to garner a little bit of attention. Last week: 11

Dropped out

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU, Junior (pictured)
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Derrius Guice, RB, LSU, Junior (pictured)

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