Heisman Odds and Power Rankings: Matt Corral and Bryce Young vs The Field
Am I allowed to call the Heisman race boring this year? I know, that’s not exactly the perfect way to word it but everyone who was supposed to be good and fighting for it hasn’t been what we expected and it looks like through six weeks there are only two legit candidates.
Matt Corral and Bryce Young are the two who have the best chance right now with the field trailing significantly behind. Sure, that can change down the stretch of the college football season but for now, it’s Corral and Young with a big dropoff.
Heisman Watch: Top 5 Heisman Odds
1 Matt Corral - Ole Miss QB (+210)
Well, old friend Matt Corral is back in the top spot after a big week. Ole Miss bounced back nicely after a loss to Alabama with an exciting 52-51 win over Arkansas to improve to 4-1 on the season. Corral only attempted 21 passes but he completed 14 for 287 yards (a 13.7 yards per attempt).
He’d add another 94 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns with it as Ole Miss would win the shootout as Arkansas went for the two-point conversion win as time expired. Corral now has 12 passing touchdowns to no interceptions and a 182.4 rating on the season. 20 total touchdowns (with eight more coming on the ground) is really impressive.
2 Bryce Young - Alabama QB (+225)
This week, Alabama suffered their first loss in nearly two years to unranked Texas A&M. It’s hard to put a 41-38 loss on your quarterback though especially when Young played the way that he did. He wasn’t phenomenal but he completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 369 yards 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Again, it wasn’t his best game but when your defense gives up 41 points and you throw for 350+ yards it’s hard to put that on Young. Both he and Corral have flip-flopped a bunch this year and that will likely continue. If you’re a Young believer get in on the odds now while they’re lower.
3 CJ Stroud - Ohio State QB (+1000)
CJ Stroud has been really good for Ohio State this year and he put up monster numbers in their dominant 66-17 win over Maryland. Stroud completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 406 yards and five passing touchdowns. That performance was good enough for a 226.1 rating
On the season, Stroud now has 18 passing touchdowns through just five games as a freshman. I’m not sure he has enough to catch either Corral or Young but of the rest of this crop, he’s absolutely been the next best option behind these two.
4 Desmond Ridder - Cincinnati QB (+2000)
Cincinnati has been a surprising story this year as they’re 5-0, third in the AP poll right now, and have a good chance at the College Football Playoffs. Desmond RIdder’s play has been a big reason they are where they are but I’m still not so sure it’s going to be enough to get him to the top of this list.
He was steady in their win over Temple this past week throwing for three touchdowns and 259 yards for a 178.9 rating. Maybe it’s the small school bias against him but fourth in these rankings seems to make the most sense for where he’s performed this season.
5 Bijan Robinson - RB Texas (+3000)
Hey, a running back! Robinson has been really good this year but he’s turned it on especially the last few weeks. He has 789 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the season through six games averaging out to 131.5 yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry.
Against Oklahoma last week he went for 137 and a score. In his last three weeks, he has four combined touchdowns and 568 all-purpose yards. In all likelihood, he doesn’t have enough to hang with the quarterbacks but man has he been fun to watch this year.