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The Heisman race so far has been between Bryce Young and CJ Stroud

With so many games on a college football weekend, it’s easy to miss some games, while others require further investigation the next day. Before moving on to Week 5, let’s take a closer look at some of the most interesting results from Week 4.

It’s too early to consider anyone other than Bryce Young and CJ Stroud for the 2022 Heisman Trophy.

Players like Hendon Hooker, Jaron Daniels and others received justifiable praise for their performances in the first few weeks of the season. We shouldn’t talk about anyone other than our two favorites.

Young, the 2021 Heisman winner, had a phenomenal performance Saturday night against Vanderbilt. The game was overshadowed as Alabama opened as the 40-point favorite, but Young threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone.

He finished the night with 25 of 36 passes for 385 yards, making way for Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson with the game out of reach after completing those four scores.

We shouldn’t even get used to what Young is doing in 2022. He was the main reason Alabama beat Texas in Week 2 The Crimson Tide’s undisciplined performance and first four game stats are in line with a Heisman Trophy-winning campaign. Young has completed 69 percent this season with 1,029 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.

That’s especially impressive given that Alabama is moving toward replacing Jameson Williams and John Metchee III. No player in Alabama has caught more than 17 times this season, and six players have at least 10 grabs. and have a great effect.

– Nick Bromberg

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, 9, speaks with wide receiver Jermaine Burton during the second half of Saturday’s big win against Vanderbilt. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

As you know, no player has won back-to-back Heisman Trophy since Archie Griffin in the 1970s. This seems to be why Young is his Heisman’s second favorite at +400.

Stroud was a BetMGM favorite at +150 and did nothing to see his Heisman odds drop throughout the first month of the season. He was 17 of 27 for 281 yards and 5 TDs in a Wisconsin thrashing for the Buckeyes. He delivered that performance by throwing passes to just four receivers while Jackson-Smith-Nigba was out of the game with a hamstring injury.

Stroud averaged over 10 yards per pass, and his biggest target was Emeka Egbuka. He had six catches and two scores for 118 yards. Egbuka, Julian Fleming, Cade Stover and Marvin Harrison Jr. were the only Ohio State players to catch a pass, but the Wisconsin secondary was overwhelmed.

Stroud completed more than 70% of his passes for 1,222 yards this season and threw 16 TDs in just one pick Saturday night. He averaged nearly 11 yards per pass, and his 63% completion percentage against the Badgers was the lowest of any game this season.

We’ve all seen how explosive Stroud and Smith Nigba are together. Stroud’s numbers could be even better after Smith-Njigba is healthy. And in his next two weeks before Rutgers and Michigan State say goodbye to Ohio State, Stroud should quickly rack up more yards and TDs. And as he does, his Heisman odds are likely to drop.

– Nick Bromberg

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback CJ Stroud #7 of the Ohio Buckeyes throws the ball in the third quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on September 24, 2022. (Photo by Galen Morse/Getty Images)

Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud was impressive in a big win against Wisconsin. (Photo by Galen Morse/Getty Images)

Ohio 52, Wisconsin 21 Part 2

Watching a game like Ohio State tear down Wisconsin 52-21 on Saturday night can’t help but feel like you’re watching two shows in two very different stratospheres in the sport.

Wisconsin is a consistent winner. The Badgers are his 67-25 record, and under Paul Christ he has won three division titles in eight seasons. But seeing Wisconsin play against a team like Ohio State blatantly reveals just how far away the Badgers are from the top teams in college football.

Ohio State led 28–0 before Wisconsin moved through midfield. And with Badger’s slow, slow attacking method, there was no chance of a comeback, even with his three-quarters of the game still unplayed.

The Badgers have “modernized” their offense to some extent this season, but they still have plenty of fullbacks and tight ends and plenty of runs down center. Quarterback Graham Mertz has yet to develop into a player worthy of his high recruitment rankings and is still markedly lacking in receiving talent. Only his back Braelon Allen, who is 235 pounds his sophomore running, looked like he belonged on the same field as OSU’s star-studded outfit on Saturday night.

It was the worst night ever for the 2-2 Badgers (along with a disappointing home loss to Washington State earlier this month), a program that quietly descended into the middle of the Big 10 pack. I feel like the last few seasons. Since the start of the 2020 season, Wisconsin is 9-7 in the Big Ten. The Badgers have also lost 10 of their last 15 games against ranked opponents.

Badgers have always done more with less. Without attracting attention, he has grown into an all-conference player and his pick in the NFL Draft. Wisconsin has outperformed past standards in hiring in recent years, but the influx of talent has never improved the program’s trajectory. , there was no answer as to what was on the other side of Columbus.

It may be unfair to compare Wisconsin to Ohio. But the yearly hope for the Badgers was to win the Big Ten West title. If they don’t right the ship, the Badgers could miss a trip to the Big Ten title game for the third season in a row.Wisconsin has won 11 conference titles, having appeared in six of his games. This is yet another sign of his program setbacks, because

– Sam Cooper

Michigan received a much-needed wake-up call from Maryland on Saturday. The Wolverines went unchallenged in three games, defeating Colorado State, Hawaii State, and UConn by a combined margin of 166-17. But Maryland has shown that the Wolverines have a lot to work on as they enter the height of their Big Ten season.

The Terps moved the ball around easily for much of the first half, even after fumbling the first kickoff to give Michigan a 7–0 lead. The Terps tied the score at 10-10 in the first half and then led 13-10. Taulia Tagovailoa had a lot of success carving out Michigan’s secondary, but Terps’ offensive line put in a consistently good push against the many new faces in the Wolverines’ trenches.

It was also a test for new Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy, who had his ups and downs in his first Big Ten start. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, but made some questionable decisions along the way. and missed a few easy throws and missed many opportunities to take off and run.

McCarthy made some great throws in the second half to help Michigan build a lead. Colm rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

McCarthy will make his first road start next week at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, one of the Big Ten’s most demanding environments. Iowa has struggled offensively, but they still have an impressive defense. It will be an important test for McCarthy ahead of a game against his East big ten like Ohio State and Penn State.

– Sam Cooper

September 24, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Colm (2) will face Maryland's Terrapins at Michigan Stadium in the first half. Required Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland couldn’t keep up with Michigan running back Blake Colm, who had a career-high 243 running yards in Saturday’s win for the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

extra points

  • 44 in Florida, 14 in Boston College: Boston College may be the worst team in ACC. Georgia Tech is certainly in the conversation, but BC is off to a dismal start to the season 1-3 after being demolished Saturday night. BC averages just 4.32 yards per play. Among the Power Five programs, only Iowa and Colorado have worsened. Meanwhile, the Eagles’ defense is unstoppable. Head coach Jeff Hufley has a lot to figure out next in the schedule against Louisville, Clemson and Wake Forest.

  • Miami, Ohio 17, Northwestern 14: Northwestern fell off a cliff after beating Nebraska in Dublin in Week 0. Since then, the Wildcats have lost at home to Duke, Southern Illinois and Miami. Northwestern had at least a touchdown advantage in all three games. With the Big 10 leading the way (Penn State and Wisconsin are his next two games at Northwestern), head coach Pat could be uglier this season for his Fitzgeralds and Wildcats. I have.

  • Troy 16, Marshall 7: Marshall lost in a row after upsetting Notre Dame on the way. A swarm of lightning rallied a mere 174-yard offense on Saturday at Troy at Road Loss after hitting Bowling Green last week. Still a disappointing turn of events for Marshall after their monumental win at South Bend.

  • Navy 23, East Carolina 20 (2OT): After losing to Delaware and Memphis in the season openers, the Navy needed a win on Saturday and took the win by disrupting the ECU on the road. With the cadets going 7-15 in his combined 2020 and 2021, things seemed to be going the wrong way for head coach Ken Niumatarolo. However, after a bye week, the Navy was able to emerge victorious with a trip to the Air Force the following weekend.

  • UL Monroe 21, Louisiana 17: Until last week, Louisiana had the longest FBS winning streak in the nation with a streak of 15. Now the Ragin ‘Cajuns are on a two-game losing streak after he upset UL Monroe on Saturday. UL beat his Ragin ‘Cajuns for the first time since 2017 as he went 17-7 going into the 4th quarter and ULM scored his final 14 points of the game. With Billy Napier now in Florida, Michael Desormeaux is making his 2-2 start like in Louisiana. head coach.

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