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Heisman Stock Report: Who are the big risers after Week 3 in college football?!

Credit: Washington athletics

Every Tuesday we take an updated look at the Heisman Trophy race, with our Heisman Trophy stock watch.

The goal of this article isn't just to list the favorites, but to share some guys who may be moving up the charts after a big Saturday in the sport.

Before we get to this week's risers, here is the current top of the betting market - with odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook:

  • Caleb Williams, QB, USC (+360)

  • Michael Penix, QB, Washington (+500)

  • Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas (+700)

  • Sam Hartman, QB, Notre Dame (+1000)

  • Jordan Travis, QB, Florida State (+1500)

Here are some of this week's risers:

Michael Penix Jr. (+500): Penix might be the most consistent quarterback in the country that not enough people are talking about. He threw for 473 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, and he had a 98.2 QBR in a blowout win against Michigan State, 41-7. He also spread the ball around with nine different Huskies catching a pass. Through three games, Penix leads the country with 1,332 passing yards, to go along with 12 passing touchdowns, one interception, and a 74.3% completion percentage. He’s picked up right where he left off after finishing last season as the second leading passer in the country. Rome Odunze and Jalen McMillan continue to also be key factors for the Huskies in the receiving corps. The Huskies’ schedule is about to pick up even more now that they start conference play this week against Cal at home. He would be my pick to win the whole thing after three weeks.

Sam Hartman (+1000): Hartman has been the difference at Notre Dame this year. taking them from a solid, Top 10 program most years, to one that feels like it can compete with the best teams in the sport. He’s coming off a game against Central Michigan where he had 330 passing yards, three touchdowns, and he had a 61.5% completion percentage in a Notre Dame win, 41-17, and has 1,061 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a 71.1 % completion percentage on the year through four games.

Now we get to see what Hartman and Notre Dame can do on the biggest stage, as Ohio State comes to town this weekend. The Buckeyes defense is very good, so if Hartman plays well and leads Notre Dame to a win, he’ll skyrocket up the Heisman rankings.

Shedeur Sanders (+1800): Sanders has shot up through the Heisman ranks because Colorado isn't just winning games, but it's in large part because of his success at quarterback. He is of course coming off an epic game against Colorado State, in which he threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns, including a game-winning 98-yard drive to send the game into overtime and seal the victory there. It is all part of a special season for Sanders, who is second in college football in passing yards with 1,251, to go along with 10 passing touchdowns, one interception, and a 78.7% completion percentage.

Sanders will have plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks to not only stay in the race, but potentially become the favorite - the Buffaloes have a road game at Oregon this weekend, followed by a home game against USC the following Saturday. Should Colorado improbably win both (they're a 21-point underdog in Eugene this weekend), you'd have to think Sanders would be the favorite at that point.

Jayden Daniels (+2200): Daniels had the best weekend for a Heisman contender outside of Penix Jr. and Sanders. He had 361 passing yards, two touchdowns, and an 88.2% completion percentage, completing a staggering 30 of 34 passes.

His performance was helped in large part by a historic day from WR1 Malik Nabers, who had a staggering 239 yards receiving. The Tigers schedule only beefs up from here with SEC play well underway, so Daniels will have plenty of opportunities to improve his stock.

Marvin Harrison Jr. (+2800): Ohio State's quarterbacks struggled to get the ball to Harrison in Week 1, but with Kyle McCord emerging as QB1, Harrison has emerged with him. He has a combined 12 receptions, 286 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns over the last two weeks, after having just two catches for 18 yards in Week 1. Harrison has a chance to single-handedly carry Ohio State in this weekend’s game against Notre Dame, so he could also skyrocket up these rankings.

Dillon Gabriel (+3000): Because Oklahoma hasn't played a super-marquee game, what Gabriel has done through three games has fallen under the radar - but it shouldn't, as he has been spectacular. Last Saturday Gabriel put up a blistering 421 yards and five passing touchdowns in a win over Tulsa, and through three games he's thrown for 905 yards, 11 touchdowns, one interception, and an 82.5% completion percentage. The Big 12 isn’t great this year, but Gabriel should rise even more if he puts up these numbers in conference play. He’s the one guy that’ll continue to rise through ranks and one that’s worth keeping an eye on.


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