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Another young star will enter college football lore on Saturday night, as the Heisman Trophy will be presented to either Baker Mayfield, Bryce Love or Lamar Jackson
Here’s everything you need to know to watch:
Live Stream Info
The Heisman presentation ceremony is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN. That means you can watch a live stream via WatchESPN if you have a cable log-in, but if you don’t have cable, you can watch online, on your phone or on another streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, so you can watch tonight’s show for free:
DirecTV Now: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 are included in all four channel packages. It comes with a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get $25 off your first month if you enter promo code “BDAY2017”. You can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app
Sling TV: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 are all included in the “Sling Orange” package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here. You can watch on your computer via the Sling website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app
PlayStation Vue: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 are part of every bundle. You can sign up for a free 5-day trial right here. You can watch on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the PlayStation Vue app
Also note: You can also watch on your computer via the WatchESPN website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the WatchESPN app. When you’re asked to verify your cable provider, you’ll just use your DirecTV Now, Sling TV or PS Vue credentials to sign in
If the oddsmakers are correct, and they usually are, the 2017 Heisman all but belongs to Baker Mayfield, who stands as a massive -15000 favorite to take home the prestigious trophy. For comparison, last year’s winner, Lamar Jackson, was merely a -4000 favorite on the same day, and the 2015 Heisman, Derrick Henry, was favored at just -500.
So, yeah, if Mayfield’s name isn’t called on Saturday night, it would serve as a massive shock. And it’s difficult to argue it should be any other way. Though he has certainly been polarizing at times, there’s no arguing against the video-game numbers he has put up. Leading the Sooners to a spot in the college football playoff, Mayfield completed 71.0 percent of his passes (first in the nation) for 4,340 yards (second) and 41 touchdowns (second). He tallied a ruthlessly efficient 11.8 yards per attempt (first) and 13.4 adjusted yards per attempt (first) with just five interceptions on his way to a QB rating of 203.8 (first). Oh, and just for good measure, he added 310 rushing yards and five more scores.
It’s unfortunate timing for Jackson and Love, as they’ve enjoyed tremendous season. Jackson has piled up 3,489 passing yards, 1,443 rushing yards, 42 total touchdowns and just six interceptions in what has been a near carbon copy of his 2016 Heisman campaign, while Love is second in the nation in rushing yards (1,973), fourth in yards per carry (8.3) and seventh in rushing touchdowns (17). They’ve both put up seasons that, in many other years, would be enough to win the award.
But Mayfield has had one of the best passing seasons of all-time. His QB rating breaks Russell Wilson’s record from 2011, his yards per attempt mark breaks Michael Vick’s previous all-time record from 1999, and he probably would have broken more records had Oklahoma not blown most teams out.
You can full expect him to become the sixth Heisman winner from Oklahoma on Saturday night, tying USC for the third-most.