Every Monday 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 (+400)
Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington (+400)
Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas (+600)
Bo Nix, QB, Oregon (+1000)
Jordan Travis, QB, Florida State (+1200)
Michael Penix Jr. (+400): Welcome to the Heisman party, Michael Penix who has risen to the co-favorite along with Caleb Williams following another insane effort on Saturday. In a 59-32 win over Cal (the Huskies led 45-12 at halftime), Penix was again phenomenal, with 304 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, one interception, and a 76 percent completion percentage. Ja’Lynn Polk and Rome Odunze were the two standout receivers that helped him the most with each hitting at least 125 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. This was the latest game where Penix and the Washington offense have looked almost unstoppable, and it’s been the same story for the Huskies through four games. Penix currently leads college football in both passing yards (1,636) and touchdowns (16) as the Huskies get set for a visit to Arizona on Saturday.
Bo Nix (+1000): While Dan Lanning's pre and postgame comments certainly created the buzz on the internet, it was Nix who was the star of Oregon’s blowout win against Colorado on the field. He had 276 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, one interception, and an 84.8% completion percentage. Troy Franklin was the best receiver in the game as well with 126 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns and provided a lot of help for Nix. The Ducks took advantage of the massive spotlight that comes with playing Colorado and put the rest of the college football world on notice. This was more of the same for Nix who’s been a great player at Oregon and he’s a legitimate threat to win the Heisman trophy. He’ll get a chance to keep this pace up on Saturday in Palo Alto against Stanford.
Shedeur Sanders (+8000): The magical Colorado run has hit the skids, as Sanders struggled on Saturday behind a once-again shaky offensive line. He had 159 passing yards, one passing touchdown, zero interceptions, and a 69.7% completion percentage. He only averaged 4.8 yards per pass, and he got brutalized behind the Colorado offensive line that allowed seven sacks against the Oregon defense. . No part of the Colorado offense was able to get going at all in this one and it was a bad outing all around. Colorado has a massive test against USC at home this weekend and Shedeur Sanders has a chance to jump into the rankings again with a good game against the Trojans, so he’s not out of the race, but it’s getting close.
Sam Hartman (+2200): Notre Dame was shocked as time expired as Ohio State scored to escape with a win on the road. There was a ton of hype surrounding Sam Hartman coming into this game with him being the difference maker for the Fighting Irish. Instead, he didn’t have a good game and the Ohio State defense got the best of him. He had 175 passing yards, a one passing touchdown, zero interceptions, and a 68% completion percentage. This was a massive stage on primetime on a Saturday night at home and he couldn’t help the Irish pull it off. If he had a good game and they won, he would’ve jumped into the Heisman frontrunner position because of how good of a win this could’ve been. The good news for Hartman - Notre Dame has plenty of big games left on their schedule, starting this week against Duke. There is also a lingering matchup with Heisman favorite Caleb Williams a few short weeks from now as well.