USC quarterback Caleb Williams aims to be first repeat winner in decades
Matt Leinart believes USC quarterback Caleb Williams should repeat Heisman victory
Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart believes Caleb Williams can win the Heisman Trophy two years in a row.
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The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious award in college football and one of the largest awards in sports. Since 1935, the award has been given to the best player in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
USC quarterback Caleb Williams is the defending Heisman Trophy winner. He earned the award thanks to his outstanding sophomore season and returns this fall looking to become the first repeat winner since Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in 1974-75.
Here’s what the latest (as of Friday, September 15) Heisman Trophy odds look like with FanDuel odds:
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1. Quarterback Caleb Williams, Jr., USC (+350)
The defending Heisman winner leads the odds once again after a strong start to 2023. Wins over San Jose State, Nevada and Stanford put the Trojans in college football’s top five once again.
To win again, it needs to shine when conference games begin next week. The Trojans will face Notre Dame and Utah in back-to-back weeks in October. Until then, the biggest game will be September 30 against Colorado.
2. QB Quinn Ewers, Texas (+500)
The Longhorns are on the rise after a 34-24 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Ewers shined in the victory with 349 yards and three touchdowns.
Ewers’ biggest regular-season win may already be behind him. Texas’ final year in the Big 12 leaves few notable matchups to boost its Heisman stock. He can continue at his current pace and aim for a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
3. QB Jordan Travis, Sr., Florida State (+750)
The Seminoles quarterback put up good numbers in the win against Southern Miss (15 of 29 for 175 yards and two touchdowns). Florida State cruised to a 66-13 victory for its most points in the Mike Norvell era.
Travis put up outstanding numbers in the season-opening win over LSU going 23 of 31 for 342 yards and four touchdowns. Florida State faces Boston College this week before a road game against Clemson.
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4. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr., Sr., Washington (+1000)
Washington is off to a good start in 2023 and Penix Jr. is leading the way. The Huskies quarterback threw for at least 400 yards and three touchdowns in each of the first two wins.
Washington closes out non-conference play with a road game against Michigan State, a team facing a Title IX investigation from head coach Mel Tucker. The Huskies’ first big test will likely be Oct. 14 against Oregon.
5. Quarterback Sam Hartman, Sr., Notre Dame (+1200)
Call it a Week 3 surge, Hartman moved up to No. 5 on the list ahead of Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy, who had passed him earlier in the week.
The senior has helped the Fighting Irish to a 3-0 start to the season. Early on, he had 48 completions for 731 yards with a 75% completion rate.
In the bubble: QB JJ McCarthy, Jr., Michigan, QB Bo Nix, Sr., Oregon (+2200); QB Sam Hartman, Sr., Notre Dame (+2200), QB Drew Allar, So., Penn State (+2500)
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