Each week, we’ll track the race for this year’s Heisman Trophy, awarded to the best player in college football, along with each contender’s odds and a look at who they face this week.
(Odds from Caesars Sportsbook)
Ohio State • QB • So.
HIS CASE: In Stroud’s first big stage of the year, he merely survived, throwing for two touchdowns in a slog past Notre Dame. He excelled in games against cupcakes, but the question remained: Could he do that against the best opposition? The answer was a resounding yes on Saturday, as Stroud passed for 281 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-21 beatdown of Wisconsin. As a result, his odds dropped more than 100 points at Caesars Sportsbook.
THIS WEEK: Saturday vs. Rutgers (3:30 p.m., BTN)
Alabama • QB • Jr.
HIS CASE: Speaking of proving Heisman worthiness against the best teams, that’s Young’s task this week. In easy wins over Utah State, UL-Monroe and Vanderbilt, he has 14 total touchdowns against two interceptions and added a 100-yard game on the ground. In a narrow escape against Texas, he passed for just 213 yards and one touchdown. There’s exactly one easy game left, so we’ll see what Young does from here.
THIS WEEK: Saturday at No. 20 Arkansas (3:30 p.m., CBS)
USC • QB • So.
HIS CASE: A week after he hopped into the No. 2 spot on this list, Williams had the worst game of his short Trojans career, completing 16 of 36 passes for 180 yards. He did, however, throw a brilliant late touchdown pass to Jordan Addison to win the game, thus keeping his Heisman candidacy damaged but intact. One obstacle Williams must overcome is the clock; this is the third straight week USC kicks off after 9 p.m. ET.
THIS WEEK: Saturday vs. Arizona State (10:30 p.m., ESPN)
ON THE RADAR: Stetson Bennett, Georgia QB (+1600); Hendon Hooker, Tennessee QB (+1600); Blake Corum, Michigan RB (+3000); Jalon Daniels, Kansas QB (+3500); Four at +4000 (Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma QB; Will Anderson, Alabama LB; Devon Achane, Texas A&M RB; DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson QB)