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2022 Heisman Trophy Odds: USC's Caleb Williams Overtakes OSU's CJ Stroud as Favorite

Adam WellsNovember 26, 2022

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws a pass during the first quarter of the college football game between the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes on November 26, 2022, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There is a new favorite for the 2022 Heisman Trophy in the wake of Ohio State's 45-23 loss to Michigan on Saturday.

Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud dropped to second place in DraftKings' updated betting odds at +140 (bet $100 to win $140), behind USC's Caleb Williams (-180).

Stroud was a -125 favorite coming into this week, but this was his second consecutive underwhelming performance. He finished 31-of-48 for 349 yards with two touchdowns and two fourth-quarter interceptions against the Wolverines.

This came after Stroud went 18-of-30 for 241 yards and one touchdown in a 43-30 win over Maryland. The stretch run this season hasn't been kind to the junior star in his quest for the Heisman Trophy.

Going back to a Nov. 5 game against Northwestern, Stroud only completed 10 of his 26 attempts for 76 yards through the air. He did run for 79 yards on six attempts. Those numbers can at least be explained away because the weather conditions were abysmal with heavy wind and rainfall.

Saturday's game also marks the last impression Stroud will leave Heisman voters with before the ceremony. Michigan will advance to the Big Ten Championship Game with the victory.

Stroud's two touchdown passes gave him 37 for the season, most in FBS. He did surpass the 3,000-yard mark against the Wolverines. But he also has the dubious distinction of being the first Buckeyes quarterback to lose The Game at home since Steve Bellisari in 2000.

Williams has an opportunity to make a huge statement on national television on Saturday night. USC, which has already clinched a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game, will host Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Trojans sophomore sensation ranks seventh in the nation in passing yards (3,480) and is tied for fourth in touchdown passes (33).

Williams can also strengthen his resume if the Trojans are able to make the College Football Playoff. They are currently ranked No. 6 in the standings with two games still to play.

Heisman finalists will be announced on Dec. 5. The ceremony will take place on Dec. 10 in New York City.

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