Heisman Trophy Watch for Week 11: Bryce Young’s big moment still looms

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Bryce Young from Alabama is good.

Almost too good to the point of removing his Heisman Trophy nomination. Young led Alabama to a 20-14 win against LSU on Saturday, and it wasn’t good. Young finished 24 of 37 for 302 yards and two TDs, which was good.

Is Young good enough to win the Heisman Trophy twice for Alabama? Crimson Tide have three previous winners under Nick Saban and used the LSU game to support that Heisman campaign.

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Mark Ingram scored 144 yards in a top 10 showdown with the Tigers in 2009. Derrick Henry rushed for 210 yards and three TDs and overshadowed Leonard Fournette in the 2015 matchup. DeVonta Smith had eight catches for 231 yards and three TDs in last year’s win.

Young’s performance didn’t register much, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t good. He completed 17 of 27 passes for 191 yards and a TD in the first half, and a late TD pass to John Metchie III gave the Crimson Tides a 14-7 lead at half time.

The big hit came in the third quarter when Young hit Jameson Williams on the post for a 58-yard score. The Crimson Tide had to hold on from there, and Young had a fumble in the fourth quarter that nearly resulted in LSU stealing a win at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

That doesn’t mean Young isn’t good enough to win the award.

Young continues to be the smart choice to win the Heisman Trophy. He now has six games with at least 300 yards passed, and the Crimson Tide has the biggest stage left in a potential SEC championship match against Georgia, the best in the standings.

It might be what makes the difference. The field remains open and Young is the best player on the highest scoring team right now.

The rest of the candidates may not have this great opportunity. A look at the best of the rest:

Heisman candidates to keep an eye on

Kenneth Walker III, RB, State of Michigan

A week after a spectacular performance against Michigan, Walker rushed for 136 yards and a TD. The problem? Michigan State lost 40-29 to Purdue, and now Walker faces an all-in moment against Ohio State on November 20. Walker now has 1,330 running yards and 15 TDs, but the Heisman is traditionally a QB prize.

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CJ Stroud, QB, State of Ohio

The Buckeyes have so many talented offensive players, but Storoud is the beneficiary as a loud passerby. He had 30 attempts within the interval in the 26-17 win against Nebraska. He finished 36 of 54 for 405 yards and a couple of TDs, but also threw two interceptions and nearly had a disastrous fumble at the end of the fourth quarter. Stroud now has 2,675 passing yards, 25 TDs and five interceptions.

Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt

Wake Forest lost, which hurt Sam Hartman’s candidacy. Pickett is still the best bet among ACC quarterbacks to get to New York. He finished with 416 passing yards and three TDs in the 54-29 victory over Duke, and his season total came in at 3,171 yards, 29 TDs and three interceptions. Pitt is also alone at the top of the ACC coastal division. He has a chance.

Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

Corral beat Liberty quarterback Malik Willis in a 27-14 win on Saturday and continued to improve his stats in the process. Corral finished with 324 past yards and a TD, but didn’t run much. Corral has 2,526 yards passed, 528 yards ran, and 26 total TDs. The Rebels remain in the mix for New Year’s Six Bowl, and Corral may need this to be more of a finalist.

Caleb Williams, QB, Oklahoma

Williams may be the controversial candidate for the write-in, but he has a passer rating of 203.7, and would be the first among Power 5 quarterbacks if he had enough attempts. Williams didn’t start until mid-season, but he can take the Sooners to the College Football Playoffs. Showdowns against Baylor and Oklahoma State will also be high-profile venues.

Heisman’s current odds

Here are the current Heisman second odds FanDuel.com before Saturday’s matches.

Player chance
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) +150
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State) +350
Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss) +600
Kenneth Walker III (RB, State of Michigan) +600
Caleb Williams (QB, Oklahoma) +850

When is the Heisman trophy ceremony?

Heisman will be awarded next December. 11, a week after the conferences the conference championship matches are held. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony took place virtually and not until January 5th. This year, the ceremony returned to its normal date in mid-December.

Takeaway of week 10

Freedom goes down. Hugh Freeze’s return to Ole Miss was a disaster. Willis threw two expensive interceptions in the first half and the Rebels built a 24-0 lead at half-time. Willis, who is considered a potential first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, finished 16 of 25 for 173 yards and three picks in the expected showdown with Matt Corral, who recovered well by hitting 20 of 27 passes for 324 yards. and a TD.

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ACC outside the CFP. Wake Forest’s defense succumbed in a 58-55 penalty loss to North Carolina. The Demon Deacons conceded 546 yards and Sam Howell beat Sam Hartman in a savage comeback win. Howell finished with 216 passing yards, 104 running yards and three total TDs, and Ty Chandler added 213 running yards and four TDs. Tar Heels looked like the preseason top-10 they should have been, and it came at the worst possible time for Wake Forest. As a result, the ACC is likely to be outside the CFP.

Alligators in trouble. Florida manager Dan Mullen has had a pretty long week. It started with some viral comments about recruiting (or lacking it) and got worse when South Carolina took a 30-10 half-time lead against the Gators. The low point came on a scoop-and-score from South Carolina’s Jabari Ellis with 46 seconds left in the second quarter. It didn’t get any better. The Gamecocks beat the Gators 40-17, bringing Florida to 4-5. Mullen’s seat is now surprisingly hot, even if the Gators win their last three against Samford, Missouri and Florida State.

Rocky love. Who knew Tennessee would have a better record than Florida at this point? The Vols improved to 5-4 with a 45-42 win over Kentucky. Tennessee may go up to seven wins in Josh Heupel’s first season with wins over South Alabama and Vanderbilt, but the first is Georgia in Knoxville. Tennessee proved they can compete (at least halfway) against Alabama a week after their last-minute defeat to Ole Miss. What will Tennessee fans do if they can upset the Bulldogs?

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