Bryce Younger, C.J. Stroud headline high 10 candidates for award

Why he may win: Williams didn’t begin a recreation for Oklahoma till Oct. 16 final yr however someway entered the Heisman dialogue as a real freshman earlier than a couple of late-season slip-ups. He was a right away star, accounting for 27 TDs regardless of barely trying 200 passes. 

Now Williams and Lincoln Riley have made the journey collectively to USC and could possibly be a part of an enormous program revival because it begins the method of becoming a member of the Massive Ten in a pair years. Williams is a gifted runner and thrower and he’ll have probably the greatest receivers within the nation, Pitt switch Jordan Addison, as a part of a proficient crop of newcomers with which to work.

The schedule isn’t that daunting exterior of the Notre Dame and Utah video games, as USC doesn’t face Oregon this season. Riley’s OU groups went 55-10 and by no means misplaced greater than two video games in any of his 5 seasons.

Greatest potential roadblock: There are a lot of new faces that must mesh collectively beneath Riley’s watch, and but the expectations are already sky excessive. The gathering of expertise is large, however the way it may take a while to jell.

USC’s three video games previous to the Heisman voting deadline — at UCLA, versus Notre Dame and doubtlessly the Pac-12 title recreation — all may have an outsized impact on Williams’ probabilities to win. Any kind of stumble down the stretch, one thing Riley’s OU groups had been sometimes liable to, may hinder his candidacy.

Within the early 2000s, the Trojans had Heisman winners in three out of 4 seasons. However amazingly, they’ve not even had a finalist for the award since 2005.