Heisman Watch: Caleb Williams makes statement in week 12

USC quarterback Caleb Williams shone on the biggest stage of his fledgling collegiate career Saturday night.

Williams took on inner-city rivals UCLA with a spot in the Pac-12 championship game and hosted a passing clinic in front of nearly 90,000 fans at the Rose Bowl. The Trojans’ superstar QB completed 32 of 43 passes for 470 yards and two touchdowns in a memorable 48-45 win over the Bruins.

While Williams was enjoying a career game Saturday, Ohio State QB was CJ Stroud and Michigan RB Blake Corum Also, put together solid outings and keep them on the short list of Heisman favorites. In the meantime, Tennessee QB Hendon hooker enjoyed a solid game before picking up a non-contact injury early in the fourth quarter of the Vols’ 63-38 loss to South Carolina.

The question now is where Williams will stand among the other Heisman favorites. Has the USC QB closed the gap?

See how the leading Heisman contestants fared in week 12 this week.

Note: Players are ranked by FOX Bet odds, which occur in week 12.

1. State of Ohio QB CJ Stroud +150 (Wager $10 to win $25 total)

Stroud had an average game by his standards on Saturday, completing 18 of 30 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. It was only the fourth time this season that the Heisman all-time leader hasn’t surpassed 250 yards and the third time he hasn’t thrown multiple touchdown passes in a game.

While he didn’t look like his typically dominant self, the Buckeyes’ standout QB nonetheless played flawless football, relying on freshman running back Dallan Hayden to carry the load and set up a much-anticipated matchup against rivals Michigan. All eyes will be on Stroud as he is set to have a “Heisman moment” next weekend with a Big Ten Championship Game spot on the line.

The state of Ohio keeps Maryland away

The state of Ohio keeps Maryland away

RJ Young reacts to CJ Stroud and No. 2-ranked Ohio State holding off the Maryland Terrapins in Week 12.

Rank in week 11: 1

Trend: steady.

Next: Vs. Michigan on Nov. 26.

2: Tennessee QB Hendon hooker +400 (Wager $10 to win $50 total)

Hooker put on a fine outing Saturday, throwing for 247 yards and three touchdowns, but the Volunteers’ star QB suffered a non-contact injury early in the fourth quarter. The injury occurred when Hooker was executing an options play and buckled his left leg, causing him to fumble.

Statistically, Hooker was having one of the better days among the Heisman finalists, but if the injury proves serious and he’s forced to miss time, his Heisman chances would take a big dip.

Rank in week 11: 2

Trend: down

Next: At Vanderbilt on November 26th.

3. Michigan RB Blake Corum +550 (Wager $10 to win $65 total)

In the face of a great Illinois defense, Corum was once again the engine that got Michigan’s offense going, gaining 108 yards and getting a touchdown with just 18 carries. But he left the win against the Illini late in the first half with a knee injury and while he bounced back in the second half his return was short.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Corum’s knee is structurally sound, but the injury is certainly an issue as a showdown against the Buckeyes looms.

Rank in week 11: 4

Trend: steady.

Next: In the state of Ohio on November 26th.

4. North Carolina QB Drake Maye +600 (Wager $10 to win $70 total)

It was a tough Saturday for the Tar Heels’ talented signal caller. Maye completed just 16 of 30 passes for 202 yards in North Carolina’s 21-17 loss to Georgia Tech.

Maye, who led all FBS signal callers with 34 touchdowns en route to Saturday, failed to throw a TD pass for the first time this season. He was sacked a season-high six times and had a costly interception late in the third quarter that led to a Georgia Tech go-ahead touchdown.

Rank in week 11: 6

Trend: down

Next: Vs. NC State on Nov. 25.

5. U.S.C QB Caleb Williams +1200 (Wager $10 to win $130 total)

In a day when several other Heisman contestants either struggled or left with an injury, Williams shone in USC’s impressive 48-45 win over rivals UCLA. Williams completed 32 of 43 passes for a career-high 470 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Oklahoma transfer added 32 yards and also a score on the ground.

It was the fourth time in his last five games that Williams threw for more than 350 yards and multiple touchdowns. With the win, Williams and the Trojans secured a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Rank in week 11: 3

Trend: High.

Next: Vs. Notre Dame on November 26th.

USC’s Caleb Williams finds Jordan Addison for the 35-yard touchdown

USC's Caleb Williams finds Jordan Addison for the 35-yard touchdown

USC’s Caleb Williams finds Jordan Addison for the 35-yard touchdown to give the Trojans a 27-24 lead over the Bruins.

6. Georgia QB Stetson Bennett +1400 (Wager $10 to win $150 total)

Things didn’t look good at times for 1-ranked Bennett and the Bulldogs, but they were able to withstand a late-game rally out of Kentucky and earn a 16-6 win, marking the program’s second straight undefeated season in SEC play.

Bennett completed 13 of 19 passes for 116 yards with an interception in the win. He’s thrown five interceptions in his last four games, which won’t appeal to Heisman voters.

Rank in week 11: 7

Trend: down

Next: Vs Georgia Tech on Nov. 26.

7. TCU QB Max Dugan +6000 (Wager $10 to win $610 total)

The Horned Frogs went undefeated with a stunning late comeback, defeating Baylor 29-28 on Saturday. Duggan, of course, had a lot to do with the win, amassing a total of 377 yards (327 passing, 50 rushing) and two touchdowns.

With TCU currently in position to make the College Football Playoffs ranked #4, Duggan’s profile will continue to grow. It’s up to him to capitalize on the attention.

Max Duggan hits Taye Barber with a 77-yard pass

Max Duggan hits Taye Barber with a 77-yard pass

Max Duggan’s 77-yard pass to Taye Barber led to Kendre Miller’s 2-yard touchdown against Baylor on Saturday.

Rank in week 11: 9

Trend: High.

Next: Vs. State of Iowa on Nov. 26.

8th. LSU QB Jayden Daniels +7500 (Wager $10 to win $760 in total)

Daniels put in a solid performance against an overwhelmed UAB team on Saturday. The Arizona State transfer completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown while adding 111 yards and a point on the ground. He has now rushed for 275 yards and two or more touchdowns in four of his last five games for LSU.

Rank in week 11: Unrated

Trend: steady.

Next: At Texas A&M on November 26th.

9. Alabama QB Bryce Young +8000 (Wager $10 to win $810 in total)

It’s hard to take much away from Bama’s Saturday postseason match with…Austin Peay?

The Crimson Tide won easily, 34-0. Young had a fine day of limited action — 18 for 24, 221 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions — in an essentially bye week with a restrained scrimmage. I can’t see this helping or hurting Young’s chances of repeating as a Heisman winner.

Rank in week 11: 8th

Trend: steady.

Next: Vs Auburn on November 26th.

10 Oregon QB Bo Nix +10000 (Wager $10 to win $1,010 in total)

Nix put on a brave display in an impressive 20-17 win over Utah on Saturday. The Ducks’ QB star struggled with an ankle injury all week, but that wouldn’t keep him out of this Top 12 match. He completed 25 of 37 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown to win.

When the Ducks drop by rival Oregon State next Saturday, book their ticket to Las Vegas and a date with USC in the Pac-12 title game. When that happens all eyes will be on Nix vs. Williams in what should be a high score match.

Rank in week 11: 5

Trend: steady.

Next: In the state of Oregon on November 26th.

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