Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral currently leads the Heisman Trophy odds. He is in front of preseason favorites Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler and Alabama QB Bryce Young. According to Vegas Insider, Corral sits at +155, which is just ahead of Young, who is at +185.
His personal success has translated to the success of Ole Miss as well. The team sits at 3-0 and is looking sharp so far. However, they will be tested in a big way as they prepare for their first conference matchup against the powerhouse that is the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Is Matt Corral a Contender or Pretender?
When Corral and Ole Miss face Alabama on Saturday, it will be a chance for him to prove he truly belongs in the Heisman conversation. Young and Alabama will look to remain undefeated while establishing their dominance against Ole Miss.
The Heisman does not always come down to who is on the best team or who has the best stats, but it often is a product of who performs best in the big moments. As long as Corral shows up and performs well in this game, that will firmly establish him as a threat to Young for this season’s Heisman.
There is no doubting the talent of Corral. However, his mental toughness will be tested in this crucial conference matchup.
What Makes Corral Effective?
Corral’s most impressive stat this season is his zero interceptions. Most young quarterbacks, regardless of skill, will try and force passes and end up with a number of interceptions. In addition to the zero picks, he has thrown for nine touchdowns and 997 yards.
He has been able to slow the game down this season and complete passes at a high level.
He also can get it done with his legs. Corral has rushed for 158 yards and five touchdowns. Any way you slice it, Matt Corral has been impressive in all facets of the game.
What are the Realistic Chances of Corral Winning the Heisman?
While the odds are currently in Corral’s favor, Young is still the overall favorite, according to the majority of experts. Alabama has a stacked team, and Young is right in the center of their success. A late-season surge from Spencer Rattler could add another factor to the equation as well.
In reality, Corral does have a chance to win the award. However, it will take a remarkable season from the 22-year-old quarterback. If he continues to perform like he has in the early portion of the 2021 campaign, Corral will be a strong candidate to upset Bryce Young and win the Heisman.
With all of this young talent, the remainder of the college football season will be extremely exciting to watch!
The Alabama and Ole Miss game is scheduled for Saturday, October 2, at 3:30 PM EST at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, AL. This will be the most important game of the year so far for Matt Corral and his Heisman chances.
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