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Week nine continues with essential matchups in the SEC, Big 12, ACC, and Big 10. After this week, four weeks remain for players to be named finalists.

Heisman Trophy

The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football.

1. CJ Stroud 

Junior, Ohio State

  • Week 8 Stats: 20-30, 286 Yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 65.6 QBR, 66.7 Comp %
  • Season Stats: 2,023 Yards, 28 TDs, 4 INTs, 92.6 QBR, 70.0 Comp %

2. Chase Brown

 Junior, Illinois

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 192 Carries, 1,059 Yards, 4 TDs, 5.5 YPC

3. Caleb Williams 

Sophomore, USC

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 1,971 Yards, 19 TDs, 1 INT, 86 QBR, 63.9 Comp %

4. Bryce Young

 Junior, Alabama

  • Week 8 Stats: 21-35, 249 Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 90.7 QBR, 60.0 Comp%
  • 2022 Season Stats: 1,906 Yards, 18 TDs, 3 INTs, 86.7 QBR, 66.1 Comp%

5. Will Rogers 

Junior, Mississippi State

  • Week 8 Stats: 30-60, 231 Yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 38.9 QBR, 50.0 Comp %
  • Season Stats: 2,555 Yards, 23 TDs, 4 INts, 67.3 QBR, 67.9 Comp %

I have heard the narrative that CJ Stroud doesn't play anyone. Stroud lit up the Hawkeye's defense, which allowed the most points in a game under Kirk Ferentz. Chase Brown and Caleb Williams stay put after their bye week. Bryce Young and Will Rogers battled it out in Tuscaloosa, with Young shinning and taking over the #4 spot on this list. 

Oct 15, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) looks to pass the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium.

Oct 15, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) looks to pass the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium.

Davey O'Brien Award

The Davey O'Brien Award is presented annually to the best QB in College Football.

1. CJ Stroud 

Junior, Ohio State

  • Week 8 Stats: 20-30, 286 Yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 65.6 QBR, 66.7 Comp %
  • Season Stats: 2,023 Yards, 28 TDs, 4 INTs, 92.6 QBR, 70.0 Comp %

2. Drake Maye

 Freshman, UNC

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 2,283 Yards, 24 TDs, 3 INTs, 88.1 QBR, 70.1 Comp %

3. Max Duggan

 Senior, TCU

  • Week 8 Stats: 17-26, 280 Yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 71.2 QBR, 65.4 Comp %
  • Season Stats: 1,871 Yards, 19 TDs, 1 INT, 85.5 QBR, 68.9 Comp %

4. Caleb Williams

 Sophomore, USC

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 1,971 Yards, 19 TDs, 1 INT, 86 QBR, 63.9 Comp %

5. Hendon Hooker 

Senior, Tennessee

  • Week 8 Stats: 18-24, 276 Yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 90.6 QBR, 75.0 Comp %
  • Season Stats: 2,093 Yards, 18 TDs, 1 INT, 91.4 QBR, 70.6 Comp %

Stroud dominated against the tough Hawkeye defense and pulled farther out in front of Drake Maye, who is on bye this week. Max Duggan closed the gap on Maye and can overtake him soon. Hooker enters the top 5, moving Will Rogers to #7 behind Bryce Young.

Sep 24, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) passes the ball against the Florida Gators during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium.

Sep 24, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) passes the ball against the Florida Gators during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium.

Doak Walker Award

The Doak Walker Award is presented to the top running back in College Football.

1. Chase Brown

 Junior, Illinois

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 192 Carries, 1,059 Yards, 4 TDs, 5.5 YPC

2. Israel Abanikanda

 Junior, Pittsburgh

  • Week 8 Stats: 28 Carries, 129 Yards, 1 TD, 4.6 YPC
  • Season Stats: 157 Carries, 959 Yards, 13 TDs, 6.1 YPC
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3. Mohamed Ibrahim

 Senior, Minnesota

  • Week 8 Stats: 30 Carries, 102 Yards, 1 TD, 3.4 YPC
  • Season Stats: 134 Carries, 796 Yards, 10 TDs, 5.9 YPC

4. Khalan Laborn

 Senior, Marshall

  • Week 8 Stats: 30 Carries, 151 Yards, 2 TDs, 5.0 YPC
  • Season Stats: 188 Carries, 1,002 Yards, 12 TDs, 5.3 YPC

5. Raheim Sanders 

Sophomore, Arkansas

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 140 Carries, 870 Yards, 7 TDs, 6.2 YPC

The top 5 doesn't change this week after solid performances across the board. Khalan Laborn is making the top 3 interesting, as he could overtake Ibrahim and give Brown and Abanikanda some trouble because of his sheer production.

Sep 10, 2022; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd running back Khalan Laborn (8) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium.

Sep 10, 2022; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd running back Khalan Laborn (8) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium.

Biletnikoff Award

The Fred Biletnikoff Award is presented to the most outstanding receiver each year.

1. Marvin Mims

Junior, Oklahoma

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 32 receptions, 542 Yards (16.9 YPC), 3 TDs

2. Jordan Addison

 Junior, USC

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 39 receptions, 585 Yards (15 YPC), 7 TDs

3. Keylon Stokes

 Senior, Tulsa

  • Week 8 Stats: 4 Receptions, 37 Yards (9.3 YPC), 0 TDs
  • Season Stats: 48 receptions, 802 Yards (16.7 YPC), 4 TDs

4. Ali Jennings III

 Junior, Old Dominion

  • Week 8 Stats: 9 Receptions, 130 Yards (14.4 YPC), 1 TD
  • Season Stats: 47 Receptions, 905 Yards (19.3 YPC), 8 TDs

5. Emeka Egbuka

 Sophomore, Ohio State

  • Week 8 Stats: 6 Receptions, 80 Yards (13.3 YPC), 1 TD
  • Season Stats: 41 receptions, 735 Yards (17.9 YPC), 7 TDs

Jacob Cowing continues to impress and is knocking at the door of this top 5. Marvin Mims is trending downward and could see himself out of the top 3 soon.

Sep 17, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka (2) scores a touchdown around Toledo Rockets cornerback Chris McDonald (13) during the first half of the NCAA Division I football game at Ohio Stadium.

Sep 17, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka (2) scores a touchdown around Toledo Rockets cornerback Chris McDonald (13) during the first half of the NCAA Division I football game at Ohio Stadium.

John Mackey Award

The John Mackey Award is presented annually to college football's most outstanding Tight End.

1. Brock Bowers

 Sophomore, Georgia

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 26 catches, 393 yards (15.1 YPC), 2 TDs

2. Dalton Kincaid

 Junior, Utah

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 39 receptions, 558 yards (14.3 YPC), 6 TDs

3. Michael Mayer

 Junior, Notre Dame

  • Week 8 Stats: 6 receptions, 115 yards (19.2 YPC), 1 TD
  • Season Stats: 44 receptions, 526 yards (12,0 YPC), 6 TDs

4. Griffin Hebert

 Senior, Louisiana Tech

  • Week 8 Stats: N/A
  • Season Stats: 20 receptions, 403 yards (20.1 YPC), 3 TDs

5. Brenton Strange

 Junior, Penn State

  • Week 8 Stats: 1 reception, 5 yards (5.0 YPC), 0 TDs
  • Season Stats: 17 receptions, 245 yards (14.4 YPC), 4 TDs

The top 5 experiences no changes this week. Michael Mayer closed the gap between him and Dalton Kincaid in what can become a three-way battle for #1 in the closing weeks. Brenton Strange is on his way out of this list, but I could not decide who should move up to #5 

Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Michael Mayer (87) runs after the catch as Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (35) defends during the third quarter at Ohio Stadium.

Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Michael Mayer (87) runs after the catch as Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (35) defends during the third quarter at Ohio Stadium.