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Recent History Suggests Baker Mayfield Will Win Heisman

Baker Mayfield raising his fist in the air.

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners gestures to the crowd after Senior Day announcements before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

He's the front-runner to begin with.

The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday night to one of three finalists: Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Stanford's Bryce Love, or last year's winner, Lamar Jackson.

If recent history has taught us anything, it's that the awards leading up to the Heisman can tell us a lot about the impending Heisman presentation.

Take last season for example.

Lamar Jackson won both the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award, given to the nation's best player. The Louisville star then went on to win the Heisman after a tremendous 2016 campaign.

On Thursday night, Baker Mayfield took home the Maxwell Award, and won the Walter Camp award earlier in the week. He's already the Heisman favorite, but if recent history provides any context clues for the future we might as well give the Oklahoma quarterback the trophy right now.

The Heisman Trophy Award presentation is slated for ESPN at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night.