Caleb Williams and the USC Trojans have stumbled of late, losing their past two games and tumbling all the way from a high of No. 5 to 24th in the latest AP Top 25 poll.
Williams’ odds of repeating as the Heisman Trophy winner have plummeted as well, as he’s tied for 10th at +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total) after being the heavy favorite entering the season (+475).
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Williams has not put up eye-popping stats this season. Two other Pac-12 Conference quarterbacks — Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. and Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders — have thrown for more yards and Williams ranks fifth in the country (2,277 yards), with Washington State’s Cam Ward just 60 yards behind him.
But has USC’s recent woes affected the reigning Heisman Trophy winner’s draft status?
Let’s dive into the latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.
ODDS TO BE THE FIRST PICK IN THE 2024 NFL DRAFT*
Caleb Williams, USC: -310 (bet $10 to win $12 total)
Drake Maye, North Carolina: +270 (bet $10 to win $37 total)
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State: +2000 (bet $10 to win $210 total)
J.J. McCarthy, Michigan: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310 total)
Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Penn State: +3000 (bet $10 to win $310 total)
Michael Penix Jr., Washington: +5000 (bet $10 to win $510 total)
Joe Alt, Notre Dame: +5000 (bet $10 to win $510 total)
Quinn Ewers:, Texas: +6000 (bet $10 to win $610 total)
Brock Bowers, Georgia: +6000 (bet $10 to win $610 total)
Jayden Daniels, LSU: +7500 (bet $10 to win $760 total)
Shedeur Sanders: +7500 (bet $10 to win $760 total)
Laiatu Latu, UCLA: +8000 (bet $10 to win $810 total)
Jared Verse, Florida State: +8000 (bet $10 to win $810 total)
Bo Nix, Oregon: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
JC Latham, Alabama: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Riley Leonard, Duke: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Dallas Turner, Alabama: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Kool-Aid McKinstry:, Alabama: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Carson Beck, Georgia: +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (Fla.): +10000 (bet $10 to win $1,010 total)
There’s also a prop wager available of Williams vs. every other draft-eligible player to be the top pick:
Williams: -310 (bet $10 to win $13.23 total)
Field: +200 (bet $10 to win $30 total)
*odds as of 10/23/2023
Williams was the favorite at -500 (bet $10 to win $12 total) to be the top pick heading into the season.
For the year, Williams is 166-for-237 passing (70%) for 2,277 yards, 23 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 179.4 passer rating. Nice stats to be sure, but pale in comparison to the numbers he put up last season while winning the Heisman (333-for-500 passing, 66.6%, 4,537 yards, 42 touchdowns, five interceptions, 168.5 passer rating).
FOX Sports “Speak For Yourself” co-host Emmanuel Acho suggested Williams protect his future by sitting out the remainder of the season as the Trojans are no longer in the national title picture.
FOX Sports College Football Analyst Joel Klatt said Williams’ performance can be directly linked to USC’s issues on the offensive line. As a counterpoint, Michigan picked up three starting offensive linemen in the transfer portal and QB J.J. McCarthy is thriving, Klatt said.
“Right now, USC’s offense is a BB gun because they can’t protect Caleb Williams,” Klatt said recently on “The Herd.” “If anything, they should’ve been deeper in the transfer portal to try and build their offensive line. … Caleb Williams needs protection now.”
FOX Sports NFL Draft Analyst Rob Rang recently wrote about Heisman candidates’ NFL prospects. Rang has Williams at the top of NFL Draft Big Board.
“While a few inches shorter than preferred (6-foot-1), Williams has a compact, well-muscled frame, good mobility in and out of the pocket, and exceptional accuracy to all levels of the field, including when on the move,” Rang wrote. “Williams’ greatest attribute is his ability to improvise as the play breaks down. His creativity and composure in these moments are highly prized in quarterbacks, and examples of the traits that cannot be coached. “
The Chicago Bears are projected to have the top pick, laying claim to the first-round selection of the 0-6 Carolina Panthers. Williams, however, has another year of college eligibility and there have been reports he could return to USC if he doesn’t land with a desired franchise.
“So if there’s not a good situation, the truth is, he can come back to school,” his father Carl said.
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