Caleb Williams has been 100% unstoppable for USC football this year. Both Rice (Week 1) and Stanford (Week 2) have not been able to come remotely close to even containing him, as he's been the best player on the No. 7 ranked Trojans through two weeks. Williams has completed an unreal 79.6% of his passes this season, and for 12 yards an attempt.
He's averaging an absolutely absurd 14.5 adjusted yards per attempt, and has six passing touchdowns despite playing on a running team. Speaking of running the ball, Williams does that too. He's toted the rock 15 times through two games, and averages 4.8 yards per carry.
His full arsenal as an elite quarterback has his Heisman Tophy odds soaring. He entered the season as a Heisman candidate, but not the No. 2 candidate in all of America, like he is now. His odds after this past week went from +850 to +300 (BetMGM). In fact, the BetMGM odds leader entering the season, Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud, has seen his odds drop from +200 in the preseason to +275 now.
Stroud is still ahead of USC Football QB Caleb Williams in these betting odds.
That being said, star USC Football QB Caleb Williams has been better than Stroud so far this season. Stroud's odds are better because they were far ahead prior to the season starting.
Williams has completed 10.6% more of his passes than Stroud has, he's averaged 2.1 more yards per pass attempt than Stroud has, he's averaged 2.5 more adjusted yards per attempt than Stroud has, and he's thrown just as many touchdown passes as Stroud has. Sure, Stroud's team is ranked No. 3 in the country compared to USC's No. 7 ranking, but Williams has so far been the better quarterback.
Will that continue? Well, that remains to be seen. It's hard to fault anyone who does indeed expect it to continue, though, as Williams has another element to his game that Stroud does not. That's his mobility. Stroud is only a single-threat quarterback, not posting a single yard on the ground this year. The best part, however, is that Williams isn't only better than Stroud as a runner.
As the passing numbers have shown throughout this article, Williams has also been a better passer than Stroud. It's also important to note that Williams has only started nine total games in his college career so far. Stroud is at 15. Williams is only going to get better as he keeps playing. He absolutely is right in the thick of the Heisman race, and the hype around him is very real.