Heisman Trophy Race 2022 is the ultimate head-scratcher at the end of the vote

The college football regular season and conference championships are over and bowl pairings have been announced. This week is awards week, capped off with the presentation of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, December 10.

Nearly 1,000 Heisman voters are staring at their blank ballots right now to try to figure out who should be first, second and third. Mine is still blank with a day before the deadline.

Trying to figure out the Heisman favorite, or two, has been harder in 2022 than most seasons. USC quarterback Caleb Williams was the favorite heading into last weekend, but his Trojans lost, 47-24, to Utah in the Pac-12 championship. Although Williams passed for 363 yards and three touchdowns on a gimpy leg, he threw an untimely interception and failed to lead his team to victory.

Preseason favorite CJ Stroud, the Ohio State quarterback, did not play this weekend. This took away the opportunity to wow voters one last time. Its last outing was a 45-23 home loss to Michigan.

TCU quarterback Max Duggan led the Horned Frogs to overtime in the Big 12 Championship on Saturday. TCU got the ball down inside the 2-yard line on third down in overtime, and the Frogs attempted it twice over two ongoing plays, and neither did Duggan. Duggan might have been able to have a Heisman moment with a score, but instead TCU was stopped. TCU lost, 31-28, to Kansas State.

Stetson Bennett #13 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 03, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett IV improved his stock on Saturday with a 50-30 win over LSU in the SEC Championship. Bennett passed for 274 yards and four touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 96.7. Bennett was the MVP of last year’s national championship game and has the Bulldogs ranked first in the nation heading into the college football playoffs.

Michigan running back Blake Corum was injured at an inopportune time this season, missing some big moments on the national stage. North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye has lost three games in the streak. LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels suffered a bad loss at Texas A&M before the loss at Georgia.

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, lost two games, knocking him out of the game. No defensive player has made their way into the fray this season.

Texas running back Bijan Robinson could find himself in the Heisman mix with Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, Washington quarterback Michael Penix, Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and receivers Jalin Hyatt ( Tennessee) and Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State).

There are many more candidates in 2022 who may or may not be legitimate contenders. It is now up to the voters to decide.

The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football. The vote is made up of 870 members of the media across six geographic regions, 58 living Heisman winners and one ballot from a collective fan vote.

Heisman voters can choose their top three candidates (in order) for college football’s most coveted individual trophy.

The Heisman Trophy finalists for 2022 will be named on December 5, the same day as the voting deadline. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 10 when the winner will be announced.


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