Lamar Jackson stumbled down the stretch, leaving the rest of the field one last chance to catch him in the Heisman Trophy race.
His numbers still stack up with the best in the country this season and some of the best in recent college football history. But he has been on the losing side of his final two regular-season games and no player who has won the Heisman has picked up the trophy on a two-game skid since Tim Brown of Notre Dame in 1987.
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Working against Jackson is that on championship weekend, when there are few games and many Heisman voters are paying closer attention than they have all season, he is out of the game.
Meanwhile, Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Washington's Jake Browning and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook are playing in high-stakes games, with a chance to make lasting impression.
Ballots are due Monday and the finalists will be announced later that same day. The ceremony is Dec. 10.
Jackson still leads the AP panel's voting in the final Heisman Watch of the season. The only difference this week is that for the first time, he did not receive all seven first-place votes from the panel. He got six. (First-place vote = three points; second-place = two; third-place = one).
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (20 points) | Hand him the...
Next: Bowl game.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (13 points) | Hand him the...
Next: vs. No. 19 Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game Saturday. The Hokies are fourth in the ACC in defense, allowing 4.89 yards per play.
Dede Westbrook, QB, Oklahoma (3 points)
Number to know: Eleven of his 15 TDs from scrimmage have covered of 40+ yards, the most by any player since 1998.
Next: vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State for the Big 12 championship Saturday. The Cowboys are tied for fourth in the Big 12 in pass defense, allowing 7.3 yards per pass attempt.
Jake Browning, QB, Washington (2 points) | Hand him the...
Next: vs. No. 9 Colorado in the Pac-12 championship game Friday. The Buffaloes have the No. 1 pass defense in the Pac-12 by yards allowed per pass (5.4) and passer efficiency rating against (97.65).
Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama (2 points)
Number to know: The best player on the No. 1 defense in the country, allowing 3.96 yards per play, and a total of 824 yards rushing. No other team has allowed less than 1,175 yards rushing.
Next: vs. No. 15 Florida in the SEC championship game Saturday. The Gators are second-to-last in the SEC in offense, gaining 5.27 yards per play.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma (1 point) | Hand him the...
Next: vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State for the Big 12 championship Saturday. The Cowboys are fifth in the Big 12 in defense, allowing 5.77 yards per play.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State (1 point) | Hand him the...
Next: Bowl game.
AP Heisman watch panel: National Writer Paul Newberry, Georgia; Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins, Texas; Sports Writer John Marshall, Arizona; Sports Writer Joedy McCreary, North Carolina; Sports Writer Eric Olson, Nebraska; Sports Writer Steve Megargee, Tennessee; College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo, New York.
This article was written by Ralph D. Russo from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.