Let’s take a look at the Heisman Trophy race after just a few weeks of CFB and see who we think is in the lead!
5. CJ Stroud – QB Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes took an upsetting loss to the Oregon Ducks in week two but C.J. Stroud still had himself quite the night. Stroud threw for 484 yards and three touchdowns with his only turnover coming late by way of an interception.
This Heisman class is fairly weak and while a loss like the Oregon one hurts his chances Stroud is not the one you should be pointing fingers for the loss. The defense’s inability to contain the run really hurt the team.
By the time the calendar strikes December and we are nearing the College Football Playoff Stroud should still be sitting comfortably in this race due to the offensive weapons he has around him. The Buckeyes can’t afford another loss this season to keep those chances alive and I don’t think we see one as Stroud is going to put up stellar numbers the rest of the way.
4. Matt Corral – QB Ole Miss Rebels
At No. 4 we have Matt Corral who has become one of the bigger names in all of college football. Scouts love his game to translate very well at the next level and he looks like a quality NFL starter in the making.
Through the Rebels’ first two games he has done nothing to quiet those expectations. In the week two win over Austin Peay, Corral threw for 281 yards and five touchdowns. He also chipped in 35 yards on the ground pushing his season total up to 90. While he is expected to put up these kinds of numbers against a lesser talent those types of numbers will help his Heisman votes.
Over the team’s first two games of the season, he has thrown for 662 yards with 6 touchdowns. He has yet to allow any turnovers and has become a name to watch in the race. He might need a quality win over some of the upper teams in the SEC to really move up this list.
3. C.J. Verdell – RB Oregon Ducks
We have reached our first running back on the list in C.J. Verdell out of Oregon. He is one of the few players on this list that has that one big moment that gives him consideration this season. Verdell was easily the best player on the field in the win over Ohio State tallying 195 total yards including 161 rushing yards that included three touchdowns.
His numbers don’t pop off the board at you but through two games as he has 238 rushing yards and just over 260 total yards for the season. During his career at Oregon, he is a two-time 1,000-yard rusher and if he can continue to pile up yards like he did against Ohio State he could be well on his way to another.
Oregon will need to continue to add wins to give him a chance. Running backs are hard to come by with the Heisman which means he might need to eclipse the 1,500 rushing yards this season.
2. Spencer Rattler – QB Oklahoma Sooners
Rattler still holds one of the top spots in the early going as he was pinned as the most talented player in college football heading into this season. He was spectacular against Western Carolina. This is the kind of game that if he was bad the only thing he could really do is hurt his chances at the Heisman. He threw for 243 yards and 5 touchdowns on 20-26 passing.
Rattler and the Sooners will face a friendly face in the Nebraska Corn Huskers. Nebraska is in the process of rebuilding the school’s programs but plenty of the nation will tune in to check out Rattler. A win over Nebraska is not going to push the needle but with bigger games down the road, these are the ones he can’t afford to play poorly.
Heisman Trophy Race | 1. Bryce Young – QB Alabama Crimson Tide
Not much of a surprise here to see Bryce Young holding down the No. 1 spot. His performance against the Miami Hurricanes gives him an easy hold on the top spot. He threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns that included a 94-yard touchdown.
Rattler was the preseason favorite thanks to his superb year a season ago but Young leads the best team in the country. Many believe Young could be a top pick in next season’s NFL draft. He was solid against Mercer throwing for 227 yards and three touchdowns. On the season he has completed just over 70 percent of his pass attempts and has yet to have a turnover.
Young will get a big chance to push his lead out to voters this weekend. The Crimson Tide are on the road to face the Florida Gators in a top 25 showdown for what is considered the game of the week. A win here could really give him the edge over Rattler.
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