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The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football. The award started in 1935, with Chicago Senior RB Jay Berwanger receiving the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy that would later be named the Heisman Trophy after the club's president. Alabama QB Bryce Young became the most recent winner of this award.


Heisman contenders in alphabetic order

  • Jordan Addison, USC
  • Will Anderson Jr, Alabama
  • Stetson Bennett IV, Georgia
  • Brock Bowers, Georgia
  • Chase Brown, Illinois
  • Jalon Daniels, Kansas
  • Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota
  • Drake Maye, North Carolina
  • Michael Penix Jr, Washington
  • Bijan Robinson, Texas

Heisman Top 3

#3 Caleb Williams, Sophomore, USC

Week 4 Stats:

  • 16-36
  • 44.4% Completion
  • 180 Yards
  • 1 TD 0 Ints
  • 55.4 QBR

Caleb Williams had his worst game in a Trojan uniform Saturday. USC barely escaped Corvallis with a 17-14 victory against Oregon State. Travis Dye took over, running for 133 yards on 19 carries. While Williams wasn't horrible, he struggled with accuracy and finding the open receivers. I debated replacing Williams with Michael Penix Jr this week; however, Williams played solid against a tough Beavers defense and threw the game-winning touchdown. Williams will need a solid bounce-back week to stay in the top three.


#2 Bryce Young, Junior, Alabama

Week 4 Stats:

  • 25-36
  • 69.4% Completion
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  • 385 Yards
  • 4 TDs 0 Ints
  • 86.3 QBR

Bryce Young dominated Vanderbilt on Saturday. The junior signal caller accounted for four touchdowns in a 55-3 blowout win. Young secured his #2 spot for a second straight week and will have his toughest test in week five as he travels to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas.


#1 CJ Stroud, Junior, Ohio State

Week 4 Stats:

17-27

63% Completion

281 Yards

5 TDs 1 Int

98.7 QBR

CJ Stroud is the Heisman favorite. Wisconsin is known for its solid defense, and Stroud ripped them apart. If the Buckeye QB wasn't the favorite, he sure is now. Stroud will face the Scarlet Knights this weekend in what should be another Heisman performance from the Junior.



Conclusion

Michael Penix Jr. barely missed the top three this week. Next week the Washington QB will face UCLA in an undefeated showdown of PAC 12 teams. He will have a prime opportunity to move up then.

The top three didn't change this week. CJ Stroud, to me, is the current Heisman lock. He is dominating his competition behind a playoff-bound Ohio State team. 

JJ McCarthy was replaced as a candidate because there are better players than him so far this season. He doesn't have the statistics yet to make this list, meaning I was early on him. I still expect him to crack the top ten this season, but he needs to prove himself.