Nobody in the Heisman race made a big-time statement during rivalry week. Aidan Hutchinson & Hassan Haskins had big games, but they don’t have enough games left to make up ground on the top contenders. As we head into Championship Saturday, it will be the last game for some of these players to make a statement & impress the Heisman voters. Here are my Heisman rankings going into Championship Saturday.
1. Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) ↔️
Bryce Young might’ve had his Heisman moment as he guided Alabama down the field in the final minutes of the game to tie the score at Auburn. It was a great moment for Young & the Tide, but what did he do the rest of the game? The answer is not much. Bryce went 25/51 for 317 yards, 2 touchdowns & 1 interception. Young did just enough to maintain his top spot in the Heisman rankings.
2. CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State) ↔️
What also helped Bryce Young this week is that CJ Stroud did not have an outstanding performance in Ohio State’s biggest game of the year. Don’t get me wrong, Stroud did not play bad at all. He also didn’t get a ton of help from the offensive line who had trouble with Aidan Hutchinson all game. Stroud was sacked 4 times. He threw for 394 yards & 2 touchdowns still. Stroud will not play this week which means his resume is complete.
3. Kenneth Walker III (RB, Michigan State) ↔️
Kenneth Walker III is one of the only players who has been on this list all season long. He had a nice bounce back game against Penn State in the snow. Walker ran for 138 yards & 1 touchdown. He has been the best running back all season. Walker is a broken tackle machine & has the most yards after contact in all of college football. Walker definitely deserves to be a Heisman finalist at least.
4. Kenny Pickett (QB, Pitt) ↔️
Kenny Pickett was responsible for all 4 of Pitt’s touchdowns against Syracuse. He went 28/38 for 209 yards & 4 passing touchdowns. Saturday’s performance put Pickett at over 4,000 passing yards on the season. He is the only quarterback on this list to reach 4,000 this season. Unlike CJ Stroud & Kenneth Walker III, Pickett has one more game to improve his Heisman resume as the Panthers play Wake Forest on Saturday night.
5. Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss) ↔️
Matt Corral has been incredible for Ole Miss this season. He has also played some of the season with an injury. Corral went 26/34 for 234 yards & 1 touchdown on Thanksgiving night against Mississippi State. Corral will be one of the top quarterbacks taken in the upcoming NFL draft. He is a borderline Heisman candidate this season. It remains to be seen if he will play in Ole Miss’ bowl game or not.
Other players considered: Aidan Hutchinson, Brennan Armstrong, Bailey Zappe, Tyler Allgeier