Heisman Watch: Where do Hendon Hooker, C.J. Stroud stand after Week 10 struggles?


Week 10 had plenty of chaos on the field, likely leading to a shuffling of the next version of the College Football Playoff rankings that will be revealed on Tuesday.

But this upset could also have an impact at the top of the Heisman Trophy race, or at least open the door to a crack for a lower contender to make a move.

The top favorite entering Week 10, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker had his share of struggles in a loss to Georgia. His main competitor, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, also had a tough day battling the wind and rain at Northwestern, though at least the Buckeyes won their game.

Meanwhile, lower-tier contenders like Oregon’s Bo Nix and North Carolina’s Drake Maye had huge days. How will things shake out?

Here’s how the top Heisman candidates fared Saturday heading into Week 10.

Note: Players are ranked according to FOX Bet Week 10 odds.

1: Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker +110 (bet $10 to win $21 total)

It can be humbling to play against Georgia’s defense, and it was certainly that kind of experience for Hooker on Saturday. The dynamic signal player had little time to breathe in a 27-13 loss to the defending national champions.

Jalen Carter and the Bulldogs were in Hooker’s face all game, chasing him down, hitting him numerous times and racking up six sacks. Hooker finished with 195 yards passing on 23-of-33 passing. He threw one interception and zero touchdowns. Often dangerous on the run, Hooker wasn’t even allowed to run for just 17 yards on 18 carries.

It might not seem fair to judge Hooker in this game, but life is never fair in the SEC.

Ranking week 9: 2

Trend: down

next: vs. Missouri on November 12.

2. Ohio State QB CJ Stroud +200 (bet $10 to win $30 total)

The Buckeyes managed to remain undefeated on Saturday, pulling away late for a 21-7 win over Northwestern. But it wasn’t pretty, and Stroud’s struggles were notable.

The talented quarterback, who has been the top Heisman favorite for much of this season, had a decidedly un-Stroud-like performance against the Wildcats, completing just 38.5 percent of his passes (10-of-26) for 76 yards, no touchdowns.

Part of that can be attributed to the conditions, which were rainy and very windy, and Stroud chipped in with 79 rushing yards on six carries, but this outing could provide room for other contenders to move up the list.

Ranking week 9: 1

Trend: down

Next: vs. Indiana on November 12.

T3. USC QB Caleb Williams +900 (bet $10 to win $100 total)

If the door is open for anyone to step up, it could be Williams, who absolutely torched Cal in a 41-35 win.

The Oklahoma transfer passed for 360 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions, as both Michael Jackson and Tahj Washington topped 100 yards receiving.

Ranking week 9: 4

Trend: up

Next: vs. Colorado on November 11.

T3. Michigan RB Core Blake +900 (bet $10 to win $100 total)

The Wolverines took a while to get going Saturday, trailing Rutgers 17-14 at halftime. But if there was panic in the Michigan locker room, it didn’t show when the second half began, and Corum was a big part of it.

Michigan outscored Rutgers 28-0 in the third quarter and 38-0 in the second half, and cruised to a 52-17 victory. Corum had 109 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He now has 1,187 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season.

Ranking week 9: 3

Trend: stable

Next: vs. Nebraska on November 12th.

T5. North Carolina QB Drake Maye +1100 (bet $10 to win $120 total)

It wasn’t long ago that Maye didn’t make this list, but his first year continues to produce elite performances and it’s paying off.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder did it again Saturday, passing for 293 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 74 yards and another score on the ground. The Tar Heels are 8-1 after beating Virginia 31-28.

He is just the third UNC quarterback to throw 30 touchdown passes in a season and is now just 36 yards shy of the 3,000-yard mark.

Ranking week 9: 9

Trend: up

Next: At Wake Forest on Nov. 12.

T5. Oregon QB Good Nix +1100 (bet $10 to win $120 total)

Moving from Auburn and the SEC to the Pac-12 has been a wonderful transition for Nix, who has had a string of brilliant performances against conference foes.

The latest came Saturday against Colorado. Nix completed 83.3% of his passes (20-of-24) against the Buffaloes, accumulating 274 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also scored two goals on the ground. The Ducks have won eight games in a row and sit atop the conference at 8-1.

Ranking week 9: 6.

Trend: up

Next: vs. Washington on November 12.

7. TCU QB Max Duggan +1400 (bet $10 to win $150 total)

Duggan’s long and winding journey, detailed here, has now landed him in the heart of the Heisman Trophy race. How long he stays there is up to him.

Saturday’s game against Texas Tech offered mixed results in that regard. For one thing, Duggan played well down the stretch, and the Big 12 leaders stayed undefeated with a 34-24 victory. On the other hand, anyone looking at the box score might not be impressed: Duggan completed just 12 of his 23 pass attempts for 195 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Max Duggan finds Emari Demercado for TD

Max Duggan finds Emari Demercado for TD

Max Duggan connected with Emari Demercado for a 16-yard touchdown to extend the Horned Frogs’ final lead against Texas Tech.

Ranking week 9: Unrated

Trend: down

Next: In Texas on November 12.

Q8. Alabama QB Bryce Young +3300 (bet $10 to win $340 total)

Young had some magical moments in the Tide’s 32-31 OT loss at LSU. He passed for 328 yards and a touchdown, and at times made seemingly magical plays to keep Bama in it, perhaps none more impressive than this:

But Young also threw an interception and ended up completing less than 50 percent of his passes (25-of-51). Has the Heisman winner done enough to get on the board?

Ranking week 9: 5.

Trend: stable

Next: At Ole Miss on Nov. 12.

Q8. Illinois RB Chase Brown +3300 (bet $10 to win $340 total)

For the Illini, the formula for success has been a strong defense and plenty of Brown, and the running back has carried the load to push Illinois to the top of the Big Ten West.

He tried to do it again Saturday, producing 136 rushing yards on 33 carries. But he also had one play, and Michigan State kept him out of the end zone in a 23-15 victory. That’s not the kind of mixed start you want to see when you’re in a Heisman Trophy chase.

Ranking week 8: Unrated

Trend: down

Next: vs. Purdue on Nov. 12.

10. Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs +4000 (bet $10 to win $410 total)

Like his quarterback Young, Gibbs made some big plays to help the Tide take LSU to overtime. As with Young, it wasn’t enough in the end.

Still, Gibbs made some dynamic plays and finished with 163 total yards (99 rushing, 64 receiving) with just 23 touches.

Ranking week 9: T7

Trend: stable

Next: At Ole Miss on Nov. 12.

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