Heisman Watch 2022 – Leading contenders, current odds and key moments

The more things change, the more they stay the same at this year’s Heisman race.

Quarterbacks Hendon Hooker (Tennessee), CJ Stroud (Ohio State) and Bryce Young (Alabama) have all cemented their places in the top five this season — and led their teams to a combined 21-1 record — but the last two Seats used to be a revolving door.

Early on, it was Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels who made the cut before an injury and a tough Big-12 slab slowed his momentum. Next in the spotlight was UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, but a rough day at Eugene all but ended his Heisman campaign.

In Week 9, USC’s Caleb Williams and Michigan’s Blake Corum get their time to shine in Heisman’s top 5.

Now moving on to this week’s Heisman rankings, the best Heisman moments of the week and what to look out for in this weekend’s action.

Voting methodology: 12 voters ranked their top five candidates, dropping five points for a first-place vote to one point for a fifth-place vote.


The five best candidates

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1. Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

Total score: 54 (first place votes: 6)

Notable Week 8: It might not have matched his five-touchdown performance against Alabama, but Hooker still looked like the Heisman favorite in a 65-24 win over UT-Martin. Hooker threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns against the Skyhawks to lead the Volunteers to a 7-0 start. A Test against Kentucky is expected this weekend, while a Nov. 5 game in Georgia plays a big role.

Heisman Quota: +200

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Total score: 51 (first place votes: 6)

Notable Week 8: Stroud once again dominated a Big Ten opponent through the air on Saturday, this time for 286 yards and four touchdowns against an overwhelmed Iowa team. It was the fifth time this season that Stroud had thrown four or more touchdowns, and he leads the nation with 28 touchdown passes — North Carolina’s Drake Maye was second with 24.

Heisman odds: -105

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Total score: 31 (First place votes: 0)

Notable Week 8: Young and the Crimson Tide bounced back in style against Mississippi State after a tough loss to Hooker and Tennessee. The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns while completing 21 of 35 passes in Alabama’s 30-6 win over the Bulldogs. Young isn’t the front runner right now, but if he keeps leading the tide to wins you can expect his name to be in the mix by the end of the season.

Heisman Odds: +2,500

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4. Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Total score: 22 (First place votes: 0)

Notable Week 8: Williams and USC had a bye in Week 8, so it’s time to look back at what he did in his first season with the Trojans. He’s currently sitting at 1,971 yards and 19 touchdown passes as USC starts 6-1. He added three rushing touchdowns and threw for a season-high five touchdowns in his last loss in Utah.

Heisman Odds: +1,100

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5. Blake Corum, RB, Michigan

Total score: 11 (First place votes: 0)

Notable Week 8: Like Williams, Corum got to enjoy a bye in Week 8, so let’s take a look at his accolades this season. Corum has rushed for 901 yards and 13 touchdowns and Michigan is back in the college football playoff chase. He has at least one touchdown on the floor in all seven of the Wolverines’ games this season, including a season-high five rushing TDs against UConn on Sept. 17.

Heisman Odds: +1,200

Other votes received (total points in parentheses): Bo Nix, Oregon (4); Sam Hartman, Guardwood (3); Chase Brown, Illinois (2); Max Duggan, TCU (2)


Make the case

Our writers split up this week, with half of the first-place votes going to Hooker and half to Stroud. Given the results, we asked voters to explain why their nominee earned Heisman Frontrunner status and why anyone outside of the top 5 has a chance this year.

The case for Hendon Hooker: There’s nothing like hard data to put together an unassailable argument, and the numbers tell a pretty clear tale in favor of Hooker as the country’s best player so far this season.

He completes almost 71% of his throws.

He has over 2,400 yards.

He’s thrown 18 touchdown passes, ran three more, and has just one interception all season.

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No, what Hooker has accomplished so far this year is unprecedented, and that in and of itself is Heisman-worthy.

Of course, as undeniable as the numbers are, statistics can be a bit dispassionate. In fact, it’s clear that the Heisman needs more than just numbers. It’s about heart. It’s about storytelling. It’s about a Heisman moment.

Well, who’s having a bigger Heisman moment than Hooker this year? Five touchdowns, 385 yards and a win over Alabama would still be enough, but in the context of a 15-year losing streak against the tide and the dramatic ending that saw Alabama miss a field goal only to see Hooker hook up with Bru McCoy The final seconds of the game, setting up the winner of the vols, the celebration, the goalposts in flux…this, my friends, is as big as Heisman moments.

There will be other defining moments in the last six weeks of the season. That’s the beauty of college football, how it twists and turns and twists and turns just when we least expect it. But it’s hard to imagine we’ll get to the Heisman ceremony in New York in December and Hooker’s victory over Alabama won’t be a critical chapter in the story of the 2022 season. Add that with the stats and it’s pretty clear: Hendon Hooker is the Heisman frontrunner, and it’s going to take some real magic elsewhere to topple him. — David M Hale

The case for CJ Stroud: He was #1 in Total QBR in 2021 and is #1 in 2022.

Quarterbacking that Ohio State offense with those receivers might seem like a pretty easy job, but he’s doing that job on a level we haven’t seen before. JT Barrett averaged 7.0 yards per dropback in Columbus, Dwayne Haskins averaged 7.8 and Justin Fields averaged 8.0. Stroud? 9.5. He has Haskins’ accuracy (72% completion rate) and Fields’ big game propensity (4.1 completions per game of 20 or more). He’s the most prolific QB we’ve seen this Buckeye era and it’s not particularly close. It would be absurd to think of him as anything other than the Heisman front runner.

Even if a Heisman voter somehow holds Stroud’s incredible supporting cast against him — we sometimes (Mac Jones) and sometimes don’t (Joe Burrow, Bryce Young) — that’s pretty unconvincing considering star receiver Jaxon Smith -Njigba has hardly played this year. Lead receivers Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr., blue chipper whatever they are, are sophomores who came into this season with 20 career catches. They have 17 TOUCHDOWN catches in seven games this season. Stroud was the best quarterback in the country, and Ohio State was the best team in the nation. Making his Heisman case is awfully easy. — invoice Connelly

The case for… Max Duggan?: Max Duggan wasn’t TCU’s starting quarterback at the start of the season. But since taking over the injured Chandler Morris, Duggan has done whatever it takes to keep the Horned Frogs going.

In his fourth year as a starter, he has thrived under new coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Garrett Riley, throwing 1,871 yards (206 short of his career high for a season), 19 TDs (a career high and eighth nationally) in just seven games. ) with just one interception, on an Ave Mary try with 21 seconds remaining against Kansas. Duggan completes 68.9% of his passes, ranks fifth nationally for passing efficiency (181.8) and leads the Big 12 in yards per pass attempt (9.7) along with that completion percentage, touchdowns and fewest interceptions.

“Max Duggan continues to play football as well as any quarterback I know,” Dykes said. “He just does everything to help your football team win.”

After coming on as a substitute in a season-opening win against Colorado, Duggan has led his team to six wins as a starter (averaging 303 passing yards per game over that span), including four straight wins against ranked opponents, an unprecedented achievement in the TCU league Story. He’s also added 274 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and is praised for his resilience by his teammates.

“It’s crazy the recordings Max does,” said running back Kendre Miller. “He’s a tough guy and earned my respect by just getting back up. I feel like it helps other people. If the quarterback can do it, anyone can do it.”

The Heisman is often an award given to the best player from one of the best teams in the country. There’s no doubt that Duggan is as valuable to the TCU No. 7 as any other player is to his team in the country. — David Wilson


The best Heisman moments of the past week

1. Not that it was absolutely necessary with Alabama’s overwhelming win, but Bryce Young found a way to buy some time before throwing a dart to initiate the goal against Mississippi State.

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Bryce Young gives a glimpse of Heisman’s magic as he expands the game and fires an arrow at JoJo Earle to bring the Crimson Tide to the board.

2. With the Buckeyes already leading 40-10, Stroud uncorked his best shot of the day.

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CJ Stroud passes Julian Fleming for a 79-yard touchdown at Ohio State.

3. Tennessee didn’t need much from Hooker against UT-Martin, but he still delivered.

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UT Martin Skyhawks vs. Tennessee Volunteers: Full Highlights


Heisman game of the week

Ohio State at Penn State (Saturday, noon ET, Fox)

Let’s step away from the SEC for a week and focus on the Big Ten. CJ Stroud is the clear favorite in the Heisman race right now, and rightly so, as his stats and highlights above show. This week, Stroud and his top-flight wide receiver corps get a big test against Penn State in Happy Valley. Stroud will have his hands full with the talented Nittany Lions runner-up managed by Joey Porter Jr. But Stroud has usually saved his best games for the brightest lights, so beware Penn State fans.

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Emma Bowman

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