The Heisman Race, Week 7: Bryce Young drops, Hendon Hooker rises … all chase CJ Stroud

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FILE - Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud plays against Rutgers during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. Stroud was selected top offensive player in the Associated Press Big Ten Midseason Awards, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

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)

Week 7

C.J. STROUD

Ohio State • QB • So.

HIS CASE: For the first time this season, we have an odds-on favorite in the Heisman race. That doesn’t always translate into a victory, but Stroud has been both spectacular and consistent ever since a ho-hum Week 1. His first road start of the season, a 49-20 win over Michigan State, might have been his best yet: 21-of-26 passing, 361 yards, six touchdowns, one interception. He’ll have to fall off this pace for anyone else to have a chance.

ODDS: -140

THIS WEEK: Open date

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CALEB WILLIAMS

USC • QB • So.

HIS CASE: Williams is still second in the odds, but he hasn’t taken full advantage of the void created by a shoulder injury to Alabama’s Bryce Young. USC remains unbeaten, but its 6-0 start has been as much about defense as about Williams, who has impressive but not overwhelming numbers: 64.9% completion, 265 yards passing per game, 3.4 yards per rushing attempt, 17 total touchdowns, one interception.

ODDS: +800

THIS WEEK: Saturday at No. 20 Utah (8 p.m., Fox)

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HENDON HOOKER

Tennessee • QB • Sr.

HIS CASE: Hooker was a 60-to-1 long shot in the offseason, but a tremendous start has him skyrocketing up the board. What’s more, like Williams, he has a chance for a showcase performance as an underdog this week when Tennessee hosts Alabama. If Hooker — 70% completion, 1,432 yards passing, 231 rushing, 13 total touchdowns, no interceptions — has a big game, he can put the heat on Stroud.

ODDS: +1000

THIS WEEK: Saturday vs. No. 3 Alabama (3:30 p.m., CBS)

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ON THE RADAR: Bryce Young, Alabama QB (+1400); Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA QB (+1600); Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama RB (+1800); Blake Corum, Michigan RB (+2000); Adrian Martinez, Kansas State QB (+2200); Stetson Bennett, Georgia QB (+2500); D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson QB (+2500).

 

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