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The odds of college football seeing just its second back-to-back Heisman Trophy winner have taken a major hit.

Caleb Williams, the winner of the 2022 Heisman Trophy, had his worst game of the season on Saturday against Notre Dame as the USC Trojans were soundly beaten in South Bend, Indiana.

Caleb Williams looks on field

Caleb Williams of the USC Trojans looks on during warm-ups prior to the game against the Arizona Wildcats at United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 7, 2023, in Los Angeles. (Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Williams threw for just 199 yards with three interceptions as the Trojans turned the ball over five times in the route.

“I made mistakes that I usually don’t make,” Williams said. “Nights like that happen. You have to get through it. You got to keep fighting. You have to be a leader.”

Against Auburn in Week 7, Daniels completed 20 of 27 passes for 325 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 48-18 drubbing of the Tigers. Daniels also rushed for 93 yards.

Jayden Daniels against Missouri

Jayden Daniels of the LSU Tigers runs the ball during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2023, in Columbia, Missouri. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The problem with Daniels is that LSU is likely out of the College Football Playoff picture after dropping games to Florida State and Ole Miss earlier in the season.  

Winning plays a big role in Heisman voting, though Daniels seems to be bucking the trend.

“He is kind of the exception this year where we’re seeing even with those two losses, he puts up some numbers,” Feazel said. “If you watch him play, both on the ground, both in the air, he gets these wins for this LSU team.”

“If they get in a spot where they’re able to compete for the SEC title game again, in combination, he certainly has a chance,” he continued.

Others in the mix:

J.J. McCarthy, Michigan: +1000

Drake Maye, North Carolina: +1100

Jordan Travis, Florida State: +1100

“They have two tough games on the schedule and that’s it,” Feazel said of J.J. McCarthy and Michigan. “They should have a pretty clear path to the national championship. He’s going to be in the mix. He also looks better this year passing-wise then he did last year.”

Jim Harbaugh talks with J.J. McCarthy

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talks to J.J. McCarthy #9 during a time-out while playing the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on October 14, 2023, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

“And then you have Jordan Travis. Florida State is slowly just grinding toward that College Football Playoff. Kind of being the dominant force in the ACC. So, he’s going to be in the mix as well.”

Caleb Williams, USC: +2200

Quinn Ewers, Texas: +3000

Drew Allar, Penn State: +3000

Bo Nix, Oregon: +3000

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.


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