With six weeks of college football in the books, quarterbacks continue to dominate the Heisman Trophy race. Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud continues to deliver the most notable stat line in football with yet another dominant win. But we’re not about to crown the Buckeye QB just yet, with USC’s Caleb Williams and Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker making their case in the Heisman standings.
So, whose stock is rising, and which dark horses have fallen by the wayside after week six? Let’s look at the results and see who has the inside track on the most prestigious award in college sports.
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Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud
Though Saturday’s games featured plenty of dominant QB performances, Stroud’s staggering numbers solidified his position at the top of the Heisman Watch leaderboard. He posted a career-best six touchdowns (tying a school record) in the Buckeyes’ 49–20 victory over Michigan State. While he did throw an early pick (just his third of the season), he completed 21 of 26 passes for 361 yards. With upcoming games against Big Ten rivals Penn State and Michigan, Stroud looks to continue to pad his Heisman resume.
USC QB Caleb Williams
The Trojans keep rolling with a 30–14 win over Washington State, making them 6–0 for the first time in 16 years. That strong start is thanks to Williams, an Oklahoma transfer. While he may not have been his best on Saturday (going 15–29 for 188 yards), Williams still managed to come away with a decisive W in the face of Washington State’s commanding defense.
Alabama QB Bryce Young
After being injured recently, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was sidelined again in week six due to an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder. While Alabama still came away with the victory over Texas A&M, Young’s repeat Heisman hopes may start to fade unless he can play in their Week 7 matchup against Tennessee.
Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker
The No. 8 Volunteers cruised to a blowout victory over No. 25 LSU, thanks to Hooker’s spectacular play — including an absolute dime to Jalin Hyatt for a touchdown. Hooker has been putting up video game numbers all season, and if they’re able to take down Alabama next week, his Heisman stock is sure to skyrocket.
Michigan RB Blake Corum
This year, the Heisman race has been dominated by quarterbacks, but Corum, Michigan’s starting running back, continues to make his case with 735 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the year already. Leading the unbeaten Wolverines past the 3–3 Indiana Hoosiers may not have been an imposing feat, but next week’s matchup against No. 10 Penn State could be the statement win he needs to march up the Heisman leaderboard.
Kansas State QB Adrian Martinez
Martinez put up another impressive stat line with their victory over Iowa State, passing for 246 yards and rushing for 77 on the ground. But the Wildcats didn’t make it look pretty, with an underwhelming final score of 10–9. Heisman voters are looking for dominant performances this year, and Martinez and K-State need to turn their offensive struggles around to get his Heisman stock trending in the right direction.
Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs
With fellow Heisman hopeful Young sidelined, the stage may be set for Gibbs, a running back, to make a run at securing hardware. Rushing for 154 yards in their 24–20 win over the Texas A&M Aggies, Gibbs’ dominant speed was on display, though he could not notch a touchdown. To make waves in the Heisman race, Gibbs must work harder to find the end zone.
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