Heisman Watch: C.J. Stroud stakes declare; Gabriel, Bennett shine

It is simple to get excited a couple of participant in robust weeks, but it surely’s those that set up consistency over the course of an extended season who can really obtain greatness.

That is the enjoyable of watching the race for the Heisman Trophy, and Week 3 noticed a little bit of all the pieces. Some gamers rose to the event, some merely battled alongside and a few, to be frank, struggled.

One participant, particularly, stood out above the remainder — however there stays an extended method to go.

This is how the main Heisman candidates heading into Week 3 fared Saturday.

Be aware: Gamers are ranked by FOX Wager odds getting into Week 3.

1. Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud +250 (guess $10 to win $35 whole)

All people knew the Toledo Rockets have been overmatched towards Ohio State on Saturday. However in the event you thought Stroud and the Buckeyes may take pity, you would be flawed.

Already top-of-the-line quarterbacks within the nation, Stroud additionally had the good thing about getting two of his finest receivers again — Jaxson Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming. All of it added as much as a banner efficiency.

Take Stroud’s first-half statistics, which might have been an excellent sport for anybody: 18-for-20, 297 yards, 4 touchdowns, zero interceptions.

C.J. Stroud throws his third TD vs. Toledo

C.J. Stroud accomplished 18 of 20 passes for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns within the first half vs. Toledo. Right here is his third TD of the day.

The second half was extra of the identical for Stroud. He ended up going 22-for-27 for 367 yards and 5 touchdowns earlier than exiting the sport early.

Week 2 rank: 2

Trending: Up!

Subsequent: Vs. Wisconsin on Sept. 24.

2. USC QB Caleb Williams +320 (guess $10 to win $42 whole)

Williams was as strong as ever towards a sport Fresno State squad.

The switch from Oklahoma was 25-for-47 for 284 yards, a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions, and in addition punched in a pair of scores on the bottom.

Week 2 rank: 3

Trending: Flat.

Subsequent: At Oregon State on Sept. 24.

3. Alabama QB Bryce Younger +333 (guess $10 to win $43 whole)

The reigning Heisman winner did not have the perfect sport on Saturday, tossing a pair of interceptions towards Louisiana-Monroe. 

It wasn’t all dangerous, nonetheless, as he did full 13 of his 18 makes an attempt for 236 yards and three landing passes. Much more importantly, the Tide cruised to a 63-7 victory, so do not learn an excessive amount of into Younger’s sub-par day.

Week 2 rank: 1.

Trending: Down.

Subsequent: Vs. Vanderbilt on Sept. 24.

4. Georgia QB Stetson Bennett +1400 (guess $10 to win $150 whole)

It is in all probability time to cease eager about Bennett as a former walk-on. Put merely, the defending nationwide champs are actually good, and so is their quarterback. 

Georgia’s 48-7 victory at South Carolina was essentially the most lopsided of the sequence, eclipsing the Bulldogs’ 40-0 victory means again in 1894. Bennett was on the middle of it, after all, going 16-for-23 for 284 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Bennett has handed for 852 yards and 5 touchdowns with no choose by way of three video games this season.

Week 2 rank: 5

Trending: Up.

Subsequent: Vs. Kent State on Sept. 24.

T5. Alabama LB Will Anderson Jr. +2500 (guess $10 to win $260 whole)

Louisiana-Monroe wasn’t the hardest problem for the Crimson Tide, however Anderson is not the sort of participant who ever takes it simple or overlooks an opponent. The star linebacker confirmed why on Saturday, as he was everywhere in the subject in restricted motion.

Anderson had 5 tackles, together with one sort out for loss. He had a sack, too, his second of the season. Oh, and for good measure, he threw in a 25-yard pick-six.

Week 2 rank: T7

Trending: Up.

Subsequent: Vs. Vanderbilt on Sept. 24.

T5: Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel +2500 (guess $10 to win $260 whole)

The Sooners’ lefty wasn’t his most correct, finishing simply 16 of 27 passes. However he did rack up 230 yards and a pair of landing passes in Oklahoma’s spectacular 49-14 victory over Nebraska in Lincoln. 

On high of that, with the Sooners trailing 7-0 early, Gabriel shortly let the Huskers know to not get too assured, scampering 61 yards for a rating to tie issues up. All in all, Gabriel made issues look simple, and his profile will proceed to develop if Oklahoma retains profitable.

Dillon Gabriel’s 61-yard scamper

Dillon Gabriel's 61-yard scamper

QB Dillon Gabriel broke off a 61-yard TD run to deliver Oklahoma to a 7-7 tie with Nebraska on Saturday.

Week 2 rank: Unranked

Trending: Up.

Subsequent: The Sooners open Huge 12 play with a house sport towards Kansas State on Sept. 24 (on FOX and the FOX Sports activities app).

7. Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy +2800 (guess $10 to win $290 whole)

McCarthy beat out Cade McNamara for the proper to be the Wolverines’ starter in Week 3, and his efficiency in a rout of UConn does not determine to vary something.

McCarthy did not throw any landing passes, however he hit nearly all the pieces else, finishing 15 of his 18 go makes an attempt for 214 yards as Michigan breezed to a 59-0 victory.

Week 2 rank: Unranked

Trending: Up.

Subsequent: The Wolverines welcome Maryland to the Huge Home as they open Huge Ten play on Sept. 24 (on FOX and the FOX Sports activities app).

8. Florida QB Anthony Richardson +3500 (guess $10 to win $360 whole)

Richardson burst on the scene by main the Gators to a season-opening victory over Utah. Since then, although, issues haven’t gone effectively for the cellular quarterback.

On Saturday, Richardson had a tough outing in Florida’s 31-28 victory over South Florida. He accomplished simply 10 of 18 passes for 112 yards, with no touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Additionally, the person recognized for doing harm along with his legs was held to 24 yards on seven carries.

A win’s a win although, proper? 

Week 2 rank: 4

Trending: Down.

Subsequent: At Tennessee on Sept. 24.

T9. Texas RB Bijan Robinson +4000 (guess $10 to win $410 whole)

Robinson might get a bump within the odds after his efficiency Saturday in a 41-20 victory over UTSA. The sturdy again carried the ball 20 occasions for 183 yards and three touchdowns. 

The spotlight was a 78-yard jaunt for a rating. The imaginative and prescient, the shiftiness, the power and the velocity have been all there. 

Week 2 rank: T7

Trending: Up.

Subsequent: At Texas Tech on Sept. 24.

T9: Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs +4000  (guess $10 to win $410 whole)

Gibbs, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior, is as proficient as they arrive. However whenever you’re on a staff that’s as loaded with expertise as Alabama’s, it may be troublesome to face out. Working example: Saturday’s 63-7 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

The sport was no contest for the Tide, and with fellow Heisman candidates Younger and Anderson stealing the present, Gibbs did not have a number of alternatives to face out.

He did carry the ball 4 occasions for 36 yards (that is 9.0 yards per carry!). And he additionally had one large, stunning second within the receiving sport.

Week 2 rank: Unranked

Trending: Up.

Subsequent: Vs. Vanderbilt on Sept. 24.

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