The Heisman race is heating up after week three of college football. Many players added to their resume, putting up stellar performances and leading their team to victory. Some other possible candidates didn't help themselves as they struggled on the field, possibly costing themselves a chance to hoist college football's most prestigious award. Let it be known that the season is only in the beginning stages and nothing is set in stone yet. But one game could have a monstrous effect on who wins the Heisman so who is in the lead after week three?

Mason Rudolph

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph has been a man on a mission since the season began.

Labeled as a Heisman dark horse by many, Rudolph has made sure everyone knows about him in the college football world. His poise in the pocket and deep ball accuracy has helped him rack up numbers against defenses and this week was no different. He racked up 497 yards and 5 touchdowns against Pittsburgh Saturday. All five of his touchdown passes were thrown in the first half. Rudolph's big game only added to his monstrous season, as he has torn apart opposing defenses. He has over 1100 yards in only three games this season while throwing 11 touchdowns and only 1 interception. Rudolph's dominance has been on full display in college football and he should be the favorite to win the Heisman at this point.

Saquon Barkley

Penn State knew what kind of monster they had in Saquon Barkley, and he gives fans a reminder as well of how dominant he can be.

In Saturday's game against Georgia State, he dominated the game in a way many wouldn't expect. He only produced 47 yards on the ground but he had a great game receiving. Barkley had four receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown in yesterday's game. Penn State's offense revolves around him and it was evident in their blowout win. Barkley is still averaging over 100 yards a game rushing this season, but he showed fans and scouts that he can be a dual-threat as well.

Sam Darnold

USC's Sam Darnold had a tough game on his hands, going to the Coliseum to have a Rose Bowl rematch with Texas. Darnold's stat box doesn't say Heisman candidate, throwing two TD's but also two picks. But when his team needed him most is where Darnold sets himself apart from the rest. He led his team on a game-tying drive in the fourth to force overtime, which eventually led to them winning the game. Being college football's most outstanding player isn't only about numbers, but it's about character too. Darnold proved his grit and toughness in last night's win, slightly boosting his Heisman chances.

Other notable candidates are reigning Heisman Lamar Jackson who struggled to find his rhythm against a stout Clemson defense. He still had himself a good game, but he might've missed his moment to become the frontrunner by failing to crack the Clemson defense. Jalen Rose of UCLA also suffered a loss, but still gave a worthy performance. The season is young and many things are going to change so the Heisman is still up for grabs for any player. These guys are just leading the pack.