Caleb Williams played an amazing game for USC Football on Saturday, despite the team loss to the Utah Utes. He tossed for 381 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He didn't turn the ball over once, and even added on 57 rushing yards on eight carries. He was just as electric as he's been all season, and proved why he's a Heisman candidate.
After the game, he proved his intangibles and leadership too. His passion for the game, and this team, led to teary eyes at the podium. The podium where he channeled his inner Tim Tebow and guaranteed that SC will win out from now on:
Well, that is most certainly a possibility due to who Williams is as a player. He's now racked up 10 adjusted yards per pass attempt on the season, while tossing 19 touchdown passes. He's only thrown one pick, and hasn't lost any fumbles. A dual-threat guy, he's also picked up 235 rushing yards on the ground while also scoring three rushing touchdowns.
SC will be favored in every game remaining on their schedule, except for maybe the road matchup against UCLA in Week 12. Even with their one point road loss to Utah, they're still ranked three spots ahead of them in the AP Poll at No. 12. It also is true that it took objectively embarrassing officiating for Utah to end up squeaking out the win. (Read more about the officiating during the game and the public reaction to it here.)
If there was any game for USC Football to lose, this would be the best one for it to happen, and this would have been the best way for it to happen.
That's because again, USC Football lost by one point, in a brutal place to play. Not only that, but it was on a night where the Utes were honoring two players on their team who were killed last year. It was an emotional night for Utah.
The fact that USC only lost by one to a top 20 team (now-top 15) despite the environment that Salt Lake City always does and was absolutely going to present again, as well as the awful officiating, proves that this was the best possible game to lose if the Trojans were to drop one this year.
So, if Williams is right and SC really does go undefeated, they'll get more than just a chance to maybe play in the Pac-12 Championship. They'll likely have a decent bid to play in the College Football Playoff if they do win that Pac-12 Championship. SC is 6-1, with a bye week this week.
They have arguably their easiest three-game stretch of the season coming out of the bye week, and will be favored in every game for the rest of the season except for maybe the UCLA game on the road. They'll have a chance to follow through with what Williams had to say at the podium. If he's right, he just might even win himself a Heisman Trophy to go with it.