USC football's starting signal-caller Caleb Williams was a consensus top three quarterback in the nation all offseason. He was somewhere in the top three in everyone's ranking. And how could he not have been? He averaged 9.1 yards a pass attempt last season and 5.6 yards per carry to go along with it.
Scoring 27 total touchdowns (21 passing) while not even starting until the second half of the season, he was bound to either stick at that No. 3 ranking, or maybe even elevate to the top two. Two weeks into the season, that's certainly been the case. CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli ranked Williams inside his top three for his College Football QB Power Rankings on Wednesday:
The two Heisman finalists from last season are the only quarterbacks ahead of Caleb Williams. Of course Williams was going to retain a spot in the top three. He's been even better so far this year than he was last year. Averaging 12 yards per pass attempt and 14.5 adjusted yards per pass attempt (10.2 last year), he's been sensational.
Caleb Williams is yet to throw an interception for USC football this season too.
Caleb Williams represented USC football as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week in Week 2, as well as the Davey O'Brien QB of the Week, Maxwell Award Player of the Week, and more. In his first Power 5 test of the season, he dominated the Stanford Cardinal for 341 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. He completed 20 out of his 27 passes (74.1%).
After completing 64.5% of his passes in 2021, he's upped that number 15.1% to 79.6%. It truly doesn't get much better than who Williams has been this year. Keep in mind he's only started 9 games in his college career.
It's an honor to be ranked as the third-best QB in the country. Just wait until the end of the season, though, where he might even jump up the list higher than he already is. His Heisman odds certainly think he will...