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Heisman Trophy energy rankings: Michael Penix Jr leapfrogs Caleb Williams

Heisman Trophy energy rankings: Michael Penix Jr leapfrogs Caleb Williams


With six weeks of the faculty soccer season within the books, the Heisman Trophy race is seeing some motion.

After Week 5, USC quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams was the betting favourite to turn out to be the primary back-to-back winner of the award since Archie Griffin achieved the feat in 1974 and 1975.

Caleb Williams runs against Arizona

Caleb Williams of the USC Trojans scrambles out of the pocket throughout the third quarter in opposition to the Arizona Wildcats at United Airways Discipline on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 7, 2023. (Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Photos)

However as Week 7 of the school soccer season approaches, there’s a brand new chief within the clubhouse, a participant who can have the eyes of the game directed his manner on Saturday.


Let’s check out the highest 4 gamers with the very best odds after Week 6 to take dwelling the 2023 Heisman Trophy, in keeping with Caesars Sportsbook.

Michael Penix Jr., Washington Huskies: +220

Even with a bye week, Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has moved up the rankings and is the favourite to win the 2023 Heisman after six weeks of the faculty soccer season.

Regardless of having the week off, Penix Jr. is second within the nation in passing yards (1,199) and is tied for second within the nation with 16 passing touchdowns.

Michael Penix Jr. throws

Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. of the Washington Huskies throws a go throughout the second half in opposition to the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson on September 30, 2023. (Christian Petersen/Getty Photos)

Washington has the highest offense within the nation (569.4 yards per sport) and third within the nation in factors (46).

The Huskies face No. 8 Oregon on Saturday with main School Soccer Playoff implications on the road.

Caleb Williams, USC Trojans: +260

It’s arduous to knock Williams after he is led USC to a 6-0 document, however he’s not the favourite to win back-to-back Heisman trophies.

Williams threw for his fewest yards and touchdowns of the season in opposition to Arizona, throwing for 219 yards and one rating.

“The Heisman Trophy is all about who’s the very best participant. Who’s probably the most impactful participant? Clearly, Caleb and USC got here out with the win, nevertheless it wasn’t spectacular. It wasn’t a blowout. Caleb did miss a pair throws. He nonetheless in all probability is the very best quarterback within the league proper now. If he would go to the draft tomorrow, he’s going to be the No. 1 choose,” Caesars Sportsbook school soccer lead Joey Feazel advised Fox Information Digital.

“However there’s a correlation within the Heisman Trophy as being the very best crew, and USC doesn’t seem like the very best crew within the Pac-12 in the meanwhile.”

Caleb Williams throws ball

Caleb Williams of the USC Trojans passes the ball throughout the first quarter in opposition to the Arizona Wildcats at United Airways Discipline on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 7, 2023. (Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Photos)


Regardless of not having main success by means of the air, Williams ran for 41 yards and three touchdowns in opposition to the Wildcats, together with the game-winning two-point dialog within the third additional time.

Williams can have one other alternative to shine within the highlight on Saturday as USC heads to South Bend to tackle Notre Dame for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

Bo Nix, Oregon Geese: +420

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix strikes up a spot after the Texas loss to Oklahoma knocked quarterback Quinn Ewers out of the Heisman dialog.

In his second season in Eugene, Nix has thrown for 1,459 yards, 15 touchdowns and only one interception.

The Geese had a bye week in Week 6 as they ready for his or her largest check of the season after they head to No. 7 Washington.


Bo Nix conducts an interview

Oregon Geese quarterback Bo Nix will get set to do a postgame interview after the sport in opposition to the Stanford Cardinal on September 30, 2023, at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. (Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

ESPN’s “School GameDay” can be on campus for the huge showdown that can go a good distance in figuring out the CFP.

“This weekend of video games has huge implications for the Pac-12, and Heisman being certainly one of them,” Feazel advised Fox Information Digital. “It may go a mess of the way. If Caleb Williams and USC come out very sturdy in opposition to their largest check of the 12 months in Notre Dame, and he reveals the half, then he ought to be the favourite.

“If he has a lackluster sport, what I see actually occurring is, if we see a shootout on this Washington and Oregon sport, which could be very attainable – though these defenses are good as nicely – then whoever is the winner of that sport goes to come back out as in all probability an enormous favourite and an enormous separation on this market as we get into this Week 7.” 

Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma: +650

Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel put himself firmly within the Heisman dialog together with his efficiency in opposition to Texas in Week 6. Gabriel had 20-1 odds to win the Heisman coming into his first-ever look within the “Crimson River Rivalry.”

Gabriel drove the Sooners down the sector within the remaining minute of the fourth quarter down three, throwing a 3-yard landing go to Nic Anderson with 15 seconds left, defeating the Texas Longhorns, 34-30.

“That is what OU soccer is all about. This is the reason I got here right here, this sport. Lot of respect for Texas, they performed their butt off,”  Gabriel, who transferred from UCF after the 2021 season, stated after the sport.


Dillon Gabriel scores a touchdown

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel scores a landing in opposition to the Texas Longhorns, October 7, 2023, on the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. (Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

Gabriel completed the day 23 of 38 for 285 yards and a landing, including 113 yards and a rating on the bottom.

Gabriel is commanding the fourth-best scoring offense in school soccer (45.2 factors per sport), and he’s sixth within the nation in passing yards (1,878) and tied for third in landing passes (16).

The Sooners now management their very own future within the Large 12 and a School Soccer Playoff berth is an actual risk.

“It’s a really gifted Texas crew, and Dillon Gabriel regarded the half,” Feazel advised Fox Information Digital. “Clearly, there’s a correlation that goes with the Heisman Trophy that you just’re going to be a playoff contender. Oklahoma taking good care of Texas put them in that spot, and that’s why we’re seeing Dillon Gabriel, coupled together with his good efficiency, is making his manner up the Heisman Trophy odds.”

Others within the combine:

Drake Maye, North Carolina: +1000 

Jayden Daniels, LSU: +1400

J.J. McCarthy, Michigan: +1800

Jordan Travis, Florida State: +1800

Brock Bowers, Georgia: +2000



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