It’s been a couple of weeks since we checked in on where the Heisman Race is at so as we head into week 9 let’s see where some guys stand.
1. Matt Corral – QB Ole Miss
Under Lane Kiffin, Corral has had superb numbers playing in a wide-open Ole Miss offense that has helped him stay in contention as one of the finalists. On the season, Corral has thrown for 1,913 yards with 15 touchdowns and 475 rushing yards with 9 touchdowns in his seven games.
Ole Miss came up short against Alabama but with another loss for the Tide, it could open the door back up for the Rebels to have a shot at the SEC title game against Georgia. Saying that scenario doesn’t take place, Corral still has put himself in a great spot to earn the highest honor in college football while not making the college football playoff.
Last time such a thing took place was Lamar Jackson back in 2015. Something like this taking place could be the best possible way to reel in Archie Manning next season.
2. Bryce Young – QB Alabama
While the last two Bama quarterbacks were each finalists in Tagovailoa and Jones, Young has the better chance to win the award and what’s more impressive is this is his first season as starter. On the year, Young has thrown for 2,453 passing yards with 26 touchdowns to only three interceptions. Bama has a chance to earn a shot at the college football playoff but they will have to win out if they hope to do so and that means beating the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game.
In the win over Tennessee Jones had 371 passing yards with four total touchdowns in a 52-24 blowout. Jones could join the likes of Derrick Henry, Devontae Smith and Mark Ingram as players to win the award under head coach Nick Saban.
3. Kenny Pickett – QB Pittsburgh
A new face has found himself in the race as 5 year player Kenny Pickett is one of the finalists. Pickett was very good leading the Panthers to win over Clemson 27-17.
This season, Pickett has thrown for 2,236 yards with 23 touchdowns to only one interception. It’s been an almost perfect season for the super senior. He is one of the best pure passers in the game today and could be an easy choice.
In the win over Clemson Pickett was 23 of 29 with 302 yards and two touchdowns on the day. The Panthers have had a really good season sitting at 6-1 but the one loss came against Western Michigan. While this won’t hurt his stock it could hurt the Panthers chance of seeing the playoff by season’s end.
4. Caleb Williams – QB Oklahoma
Two weeks ago, you would have seen Spencer Rattler on almost all lists you looked up but thanks to his poor start and attitude issues, his back up has made the list. In his two starts since taking over the program, Williams has done nothing but wow with his ability to lead a team.
Williams is somewhat of a long shot to earn this award but if the Sooners are able to finish the season perfect at 13-0 and earn a spot in the playoff then this ranking could hold true and we could see him in New York City.
5. C.J. Stroud – QB Ohio State
You can pretty much take your pick on the Buckeyes as this team is loaded with absolute playmakers but Stroud finds himself on a quarterback hungry list of candidates. He dealt with some injuries in the earlier part of the season but since the loss to Oregon has turned this team around and has also turned himself around. Stroud was terrific against Indiana passing for three touchdowns.
Stroud has some big wins this season and can continue to build on his resume as the Buckeyes still have Penn State, Michigan State and the end of the year meeting with Michigan all before the Big Ten Championship game. Stroud might be one of the most dynamic offensive players in the country and a strong finish to the season could put him on top of this list.
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