Who's The Favorite To Win The Heisman?

Who's The Favorite To Win The Heisman?

Cole Paganelli
10 months ago
3 min read
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud rolls out of pocket against Michigan Wolverines

Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud seemed like he was destined to win the Heisman Trophy this season. However, the Buckeyes were bullied in their season finale by their biggest rival, Michigan, and may have thrown some chaos into the Heisman mix.

 With only the conference championship games and bowl games remaining, a winner will soon be chosen.

Here’s a look at the players who are favored to bring home the award.

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Caleb Williams

Hopefully, you found a way to get in early on the USC quarterback. Williams, who transferred to play for the Trojans from Oklahoma, seems to have made the right decision by following coach Lincoln Riley. 

What Riley was able to do was utilize the transfer portal to great effect and get players to support Williams.

Playing with last year’s Biletnikoff Award winner, and Pitt transfer, Jordan Addison, Williams turned in a superb season. Williams has thrown for 3,712 yards with 34 touchdowns and three interceptions. 

USC has also had a nice bounce-back season under Williams, putting up an 11-1 record that could land them in the College Football Playoff for the first time if they can beat Utah in the PAC-12 title game.

Max Duggan

In the age of the transfer portal, Duggan is a bit of a unicorn. Despite coaching changes and other turmoil within TCU’s program, Duggan stayed put. What Duggan has done for the Horned Frogs this season is lead TCU to its best-ever season and has the Horned Frogs 12-0 and on the cusp of going to the playoffs.

Duggan has passed for 3,070 yards and 29 touchdowns. He’s only thrown for three interceptions. Duggan has shown he is able to run when necessary and should be able to garner a lot of votes. Whether he has a Heisman moment that will stand out to enough voters remains to be seen.

C.J. Stroud

Stroud’s candidacy, whether fair or unfair, likely came down to how he played in the game against Michigan. Stroud threw for 349 yards and two interceptions against the Wolverines. While Stroud’s performance wasn’t awful, it didn’t seem in sync with the performances he put up throughout the season.

Stroud ranks 13th nationally in passing with 3,340 yards. He has also thrown 37 touchdowns compared to only six interceptions.

Blake Corum

Injuries may have wiped out Corum’s candidacy. The Michigan star tailback has piled up 1,463 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. 

While Corum has been excellent throughout the season for the undefeated Wolverines, he was injured in a Nov. 19 win over Illinois. Corum made an effort to play in the finale against Ohio State, but could only muster six yards on three carries. 

This is a season where it is unlikely that a non-quarterback would win. While Corum’s numbers are outstanding, they don’t stand out compared to some of the players who were putting up big-time passing numbers.

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