Heisman Watch: Week 3 Edition
1. Caleb Williams, QB, USC (+300)
Williams has done it all so far for USC and put up another big stat line against Fresno State on Saturday night. The transfer quarterback went for 284 passing yards and two touchdowns on 25-of-37 completions while also rushing for two more touchdowns. Williams has led the prolific Trojans offense that are the favorites in the Pac-12. He currently has the highest completion percentage (74.4%) and second-most passing yards (874) in the conference. The 74.4 percent completion percentage is also fourth in the nation.
2. C.J. Stroud (+200)
With Ohio State obliterating Toledo, 77-21, Stroud was out after three quarters. In those three quarters, he found the end zone five times while throwing for 367 yards on 22-of-27 passing. The future first-round draft pick is now already up to 11 touchdown passes on the season through three weeks. The Buckeyes are yet to be really tested yet, but Stroud has taken strong advantage of the weak competition. Their Big Ten opener comes next week against Wisconsin. Right now, the duel-threat capabilities of Williams and how he has done it all so far is what puts him above Stroud. It isn't a huge gap, though, as Stroud can keep plays alive with his legs. Exhibit A:
3. Will Anderson (+3000)
Easily the most dominant defensive player in the nation had another big game this week. Anderson recorded five total tackles - including two solo - one sack, and a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown. On the season, he has 15 total tackles - seven solo - two sacks, and the one interception. The numbers don't say it all either, as Anderson creates pressure on basically every play and is always a factor. It will take him getting manhandled by an offensive line and being a non-factor in a game to knock him from the top of these rankings.
4. Jordan Addison (+5000)
Helping lead the USC offense with Williams is Addison, who is making a very strong case for the top receiver for the 2023 NFL Draft. The transfer receiver already has five touchdown catches after one on Saturday night, along with six catches for 69 (nice) yards. On the season, he has recorded 295 yards and the five touchdowns on 18 receptions.
5. Dillon Gabriel (+2000)
Just days after Nebraska fired head coach Scott Frost, Gabriel and Oklahoma tore up the Cornhuskers defense. While some bettors thought this had the chance of a Nebraska upset, Oklahoma and the transfer quarterback stomped on their throats. Gabriel didn't have a perfect game as he missed some throws, but he did finish 16-of-27 for 230 yards and two touchdowns passing. He also ripped off a 61-yard rushing touchdown in the Sooners' 49-14 victory. The first real test for Gabriel will come in a few weeks when he faces a stout Texas defense. For now, he looks like another Oklahoma quarterback in line to be in the Heisman conversation.
6. Bijan Robinson (+3000)
The stock rises once again for Robinson after getting mostly shutdown by the Alabama defense last week. Against a much lesser opponent in UTSA this week, he averaged 9.2 yards per carry with 183 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns. That included a massive 78-yard touchdown run as he now has five touchdowns on the season.
7. Stetson Bennett (+1200)
On the road against South Carolina, it was another dominant game for Bennett and the Bulldogs. In a 48-7 blowout, the senior quarterback was very effective as he completed 16 of 23 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown while not throwing any interceptions. While the Georgia defense has been the story, not allowing a touchdown until 53 seconds left in Week 3, Bennett has quietly entered into the Heisman frontrunner conversation. The next real test he and the Dawgs will get is October 29 against Florida.
8. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama (+400)
The defending Heisman winner has not gotten off to a great start to be a repeat winner, despite Alabama continuing to crush opponents. The Crimson Tide defeated UL Monroe, 63-7, but Young threw two interceptions, while none of the other top quarterback candidates have thrown any this season. The first one, he was trying to force a ball downfield with no one open. The second one was a little off target and behind his intended receiver. Against other top teams and defenses, trying to force throws will come back to bite him. His inconsistency against Texas nearly cost Alabama the game. It was their defense that really bailed him out.
9. Marvin Harrison Jr. (+5500)
Jaxon Smith-Njigba returned to the field on Saturday, but it was Harrison who once again stole the show in the passing attack. Of Stroud's five touchdowns, two of them were to Harrison who finished with six catches for 102 yards. So far, Harrison looks like one of the best receivers in the nation and could be even better than Smith-Njigba.
10. JJ McCarthy, QB, Michigan (+2000)
After his tremendous performance against Hawaii last week, McCarthy was named the starting quarterback by coach Jim Harbaugh. The sophomore didn't find the end zone this week, but was nearly perfect on 15-of-18 passing and 214 yards all in the first half. Cade McNamara already entered the game before the first half ended as the game was already that one-sided. McCarthy currently has a completion percentage over 90 percent, although he is yet to play a full game. The Wolverines get into their Big Ten schedule next week, which will really show what he's got.
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