5. CJ Stroud – Ohio State QB
Welcome back, CJ Stroud!
In the win over Akron, Stroud was forced to miss a game due to a shoulder injury. It was a wise decision to rest the QB as the Buckeyes curised to a masterful win 59-7.
All things were a go against the Rutger Scarlet Knights as the extra week off proved to work wonders for the quarterback. Stroud threw for 330 yards and no interceptions on an efficient 17/23 passing. Hopefully he can put the shoulder issue behind him and continue to lead the Buckeyes who have been on a roll as of late.
The Freshman QB was named Big Ten freshman of the year for the third in the 2021 season.
Up Next: The Buckeyes host the Maryland Terrapins in a Big Ten battle.
4. Kenneth Walker III – Michigan State RB
Kenneth Walker III had a tough go of things in his last outing as he rushed for 61 yards on 19 carries in a 23-20 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Walker was able to respond well after his lackluster performance by putting up 126 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Western Kentucky. The Spartans led by 26 at half in this game and cruised to a 48-31 win thanks to the effort of Walker.
Kenneth Walker leads the FBS in rushing yards at 136 per game and has nine total touchdowns on the season. The Spartans currently sit at 5-0 on the year.
Up Next: Michigan State is on the road to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
3. Matt Corral – Ole Miss QB
Arguably the most talented quarterback in the country in my opinion Corral missed the perfect opportunity to make a statement and end the Heisman Race very early. Ole Miss found themselves on the road last weekend against the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide.
Ole Miss was very sloppy in the first half of this game as they were unable to convert on three fourth down attempts. Had they been able to, they might be talking about someone else in this list at No. 3.
Corral had a decent day going 21/29 on pass attempts for just 213 yards and one touchdown. Taking away sacks and the kneel before half he only amassed 20 rushing yards in the game.
Corral still has had an impressive season with 1,380 passing yards and 16 touchdowns to just one turnover. It will take a disaster for the Rebels or an injury for him to fall out of this conversation, but by season’s end if the Rebels keep to their winning ways, chances are they are talking about him as the No. 1 candidate.
Up Next: Top 25 showdown against No. 13 Arkansas
2. Desmond Ridder – Cincinnati Bearcats QB
The Bearcats have become one of the premier teams in college football and are steadily chasing a playoff spot. This last week they came away with a huge win over Notre Dame 24-13. This has climbed the Bearcats to No. 5 nationally and put them at 4-0 on the year.
I wouldn’t say all but a lot of the team’s success has been led by Desmond Ridder. The Senior QB has a legit chance at the Hiesman this year and finds himself at number two in this ranking. In the win over the Irish Ridder threw for 323 yards and added three touchdowns and a game sealing rushing touchdown to earn a win.
On the season Ridder has thrown for 1,143 yards and has accounted for 12 touchdowns.
Up Next: Temple Owls come to town
1. Bryce Young – Alabama Crimson Tide
While Young is not an automatic lock by any means this award has become his to lose. The tide rolled Ole Miss by a tune of 42-21 and while Young wasn’t the headline he did complete 20-26 pass attempts with two touchdowns and one interception.
On the year, Young has thrown for 1,367 yards and 17 touchdowns good for fourth most nationally while guiding the Crimson Tide to a 5-0 record. In his 148 pass attempts he has only committed two turnovers.
Up Next: Bama heads to College Station for a showdown with Texas A&M