USC Football QB Caleb Williams had his worst game of the season on Saturday against the Oregon State Beavers. Williams completed just 16 out of 36 passes, and for only 180 yards. He didn't turn the ball over, but threw for just one touchdown. Only averaging three yards per carry, he had just 27 yards on the ground.
As a result, his Heisman odds have dropped from 7/2 to 6/1, per betonline.ag. The reason this is nothing to worry about, though, is that he still has the second-best odds in the country:
Even after Williams' worst day, he still didn't drop in the rankings for Heisman odds. Of course, his odds declined, but he's still in the top two when it comes to the front-runners.
Last year, Williams was the front-runner for the Trophy at one point despite not even starting until the second half of the season. As long as he puts up similar numbers this year and stays healthy, he's giving himself a chance. And he most certainly is putting up similar numbers.
Caleb Williams' completion percentage has risen 1.1% to 65.6% since transferring to the USC football program this season.
Caleb Williams also has yet to turn the ball over for USC football this year. He has just 0.1 less adjusted yards per attempt this season for the Trojans than he did last year. Keep in mind that he's doing this with a program that was 4-8 the season before. He's playing with a completely new program.
For him to put up similar stats to what he did last year in a completely new spot while also leading his team to better football (USC is ranked No. 6 in the country, where as Oklahoma finished No. 10 last year) is remarkable. Also, it's important to remember that while C.J. Stroud has been incredible this season, he doesn't provide that dual-threat rushing ability that Williams does.
Stroud has just nine rushing yards on 1.3 yards per carry this season. Williams has 100 on 2.8 yards per carry on the year so far. Williams' odds may have dropped, but he didn't gain any new competition. He's still in the top two of the race, and has himself in position to compete for the Trophy as the meat of the college football season begins.