Week 10 Heisman Trophy Power Rankings: Kenneth Walker III Owns the Momentum

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What a week it was in college football.

I’m willing to go out and say we saw a Heisman moment from one of the members that will make this list, while the remaining targets remain firmly in contention as well.

Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett took a hit, Bijan Robinson and the Texas Longhorns continue to lose, and the hype around Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams continues to grow.

With all of that said, it’s time to take a look at where the best Heisman futures bets lie heading into Week 10 of the college football season.

5.

Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams (+150 Top 3)

Listen. Before I jump into this section about Williams, I want to preface it by saying I do not see much of a path for Williams to hoist the coveted trophy on Dec. 11.

However, his impact on the Sooners’ offense has been undeniable since taking over for Spencer Rattler. His play over the last three weeks has turned heads and has rivaled season statistics from quarterbacks in his conference.

The point of a power ranking is to highlight value on picks of players performing the best at the moment, and right now, it’s hard to find any player in the country playing at a higher level than Williams.

In his three and a half games under center for the Sooners, Williams has 14 touchdowns to just one interception through the air, three more touchdowns via the ground and is completing north of 70% of his pass attempts.

His numbers are rivaling those of Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield and Jalen Hurts of years past.

4.

Ole Miss QB Matt Corral (+700)

It was a really good run for Corral in this year’s Heisman race. While he’s not down and out officially, it’s going to be an uphill climb from here.

Corral found the end zone only once in a 31–20 loss to Auburn in Week 9. It was by far his lowest offensive production output of the season, and it came in a game that likely would have solidified a trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony.

While his hopes aren’t dead, they’re on life support.

The next two weekends are crucial for Corral. The game against Liberty should be a high-scoring affair that will bode well for the statistical side of things. However, where the concern comes in is against Texas A&M two weeks from now. If Ole Miss falls to the Aggies, poof, boom, gone. See ya, Heisman.

The odds are rising and rising for Corral, and the three players above him on this list are going to make it very difficult to get back into the mix.

3.

Ohio State QB CJ Stroud (+500)

It wasn’t the prettiest of victories for Stroud this weekend, but it was a win — and a win over a ranked Penn State team nonetheless.

Stroud has really climbed up these Heisman power rankings over the last couple of weeks. Ohio State is finally finished playing the scraps of the Big Ten, and the real tests have begun.

It’s rather unfortunate that we have to wait until the final two weeks of the regular season to know just how serious Stroud’s Heisman candidacy is, but if you’re a believer in him and the Buckeyes, the price is too good to pass up at WynnBET.

Stroud has Michigan and Michigan State in the final two weeks of the season, and with the way Heisman candidates are dropping at the moment, it makes sense to buy in now before his odds really plummet.

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Emilee Chinn/Getty Images. Pictured: C.J. Stroud.

2.

Alabama QB Bryce Young (+150)

Alabama was idle this weekend, but Young still comes in at No. 2 on the power rankings.

Simply put, Young’s consistency has been his best attribute this season. Three consecutive games of 345+ passing yards would be enough for most college quarterbacks to hang their hat on for their entire career.

Alabama has rebounded nicely since its loss to Texas A&M, and with games against LSU and New Mexico State in the next two weeks, there’s reason to believe Young will continue the trend of lighting it up through the air.

Young has 26 touchdowns and three interceptions on the season with another two scores coming via the ground. By season’s end, it will be hard to find a quarterback with the numbers and wins that compare to what Young will have put up.

1.

Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III (-300 Top 3)

I mentioned earlier a candidate who had their Heisman moment this week. That man goes by the name of Kenneth Walker III.

Heading into the Michigan game, Walker was rather stagnant in the Heisman power rankings for a few weeks. However, that has changed, and he is now at the very top of our list following a massive performance against No. 6 Michigan last Saturday.

The Spartans’ running back found the end zone five times and rushed for 197 yards on 25 carries against MSU’s arch-rival from Ann Arbor.

Michigan State erased a 30–14 deficit and did so with Walker walking into the end zone from 23 yards out with just over five minutes to play in the ball game.

That’s the type of moment that wins the Heisman Trophy, and as long as Walker remains healthy and Michigan State doesn’t fall off a cliff in the remaining games, Walker is a steal right now with his value over at WynnBET.

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